Abbott issues orders to expand Texas hospital capacity

DALLAS (AP) - Gov. Greg Abbott says he's issuing new orders to free up hospital resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic, as Texas saw it’s sixth death tied to disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 

Abbott said at a Sunday news conference that he has issued executive orders to allow hospitals to treat two patient in a room, rather than one, and directing heath care workers to postpone all "elective or non-essential” medical procedures.

The announcement comes as state health officials say 334 people have tested positive for the virus.

Officials in Dallas say a man in his 80s who had the disease died.