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Coronavirus in Texas

Watch Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's press conference on coronavirus updates

On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a statewide public health disaster and said Texas would soon be able to ramp up testing for the new coronavirus.

Coronavirus in Texas

Get the latest updates on coronavirus in Texas here. At least 199 Texans’ deaths have been linked to COVID-19, and at least 10,230 people have been diagnosed with the disease. Hospitals are adding more beds, while medical professionals and state leaders are urging Texans to socially distance themselves from others. The state is testing thousands of people a day, but it is often taking longer than a week for Texans to get those results. Learn more about how to get tested here. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Texans are without work as unemployment claims overload the state’s systems. Schools across the state are closed at least until May 4. And Texans all over the state are confronting new challenges during the pandemic.  

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will address journalists in San Antonio on Monday to provide updates on the state's response to the new coronavirus.

The video above is courtesy of KXAN-TV. Abbott will be joined by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd and Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt.

Texas had recorded at least 69 cases of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the new coronavirus — as of Sunday afternoon, but given testing limitations and several examples of community spread in Texas, experts have warned that the number of cases is likely higher. Events have closed across the state, and many school districts have extended spring break. The state's education commissioner warned school superintendents and lawmakers to be prepared for long-term school district closures, while Abbott promised to waive testing requirements for this year’s STAAR exam.

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