Texas Receives $36.9 Million From CDC For COVID-19 Response

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 26, 2020

It also requires all healthcare providers to submit daily reports of COVID-19 tests.

Governor Greg Abbott has waived several regulations to help meet Texas' growing need for nurses as the state responds to the COVID-19 virus. Statewide, he confirmed 124 cases Monday evening, but that total is now at least 156.

On Monday, the health department said sustained person-to-person spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Lexington "because not all new cases can be connected to previous cases or to travel outside of the community". Filed in accordance with the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the request is based in part on Governor Abbott's conclusion that the ongoing COVID-19 incident is of such severity and magnitude that supplementary federal assistance is necessary to save lives, to protect property, public health, and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a larger disaster.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has received $36.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the state's initial allotment of funding from the first emergency coronavirus bill passed by Congress.

According to a release from the Governor's office, the aid "would be used to overcome the current shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), needed medical equipment and testing supplies as well as looming shortages of hospital beds, medical equipment, and a healthy and adequate cadre of medical personnel". "We are one of the most vulnerable states and it is past time for state leadership to take serious steps to curb the spread of COVID-19". He said that over 100,000 masks will be distributed to medical professionals soon. "Suspending these regulations will allow us to bring additional skilled nurses into the workforce to assist with our efforts and enhance our COVID-19 response". And Austin and Travis County joined forces on a similar measure.

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