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Coronavirus in Texas

Texas bans elective surgeries in more than 100 counties as coronavirus hospitalizations keep climbing

Gov. Greg Abbott said the decision is meant to free up resources to address the pandemic. The attorney general's office has not said the order bans abortions, an assertion that sparked a legal battle over Abbott's earlier prohibition on elective procedures.

The COVID-19 unit at the DHR Health Center in Edinburg on June 30, 2020.
A map of the trauma service area of the state.
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