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Coronavirus in Texas

How years of underfunding public health left Texas ill prepared for the pandemic

Budget cuts meant skimpier caches of protective equipment, and Texas' chronic shortage of public health workers has made the response more difficult, experts said.

The COVID-19 unit at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System in Edinburg on June 30, 2020.

“There’s been inadequate funding for the emergency that we’re seeing. We would hardly be forgiving if fire stations weren’t responding to emergencies because their tires blew out on their way or they ran out of gas.”

— Eduardo Sanchez, former commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services

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