Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he’s activating the Texas National Guard to be prepared to assist with response efforts for COVID-19. This preparative measure will ensure that the Texas National Guard can assist in various forms throughout the state when needed. Healthcare workers and first responders who are members of the Texas National Guard are excluded from this activation so that they can continue serving the people of Texas in their respective fields.
“By activating the Texas National Guard, we are ensuring Texas is prepared as we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “I am grateful to the men and women of the National Guard for their dedication to serving their fellow Texans, and want to assure the public that this is a precautionary measure to make sure the Texas National Guard has the capability to serve at a moment’s notice where they are needed most.”
The governor said there are now 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Texas across 19 counties. He said 1,2664 Texans have now been tested for the virus.
Gov. Abbott said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon provide 15,000 test kits to the state and he estimates that 10,000 people will be able to be tested per week in Texas.
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