Leaders in two of Texas' biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state's continued surge in coronavirus cases tests hospital capacity.
As confirmed coronavirus case levels in Texas continue surging to record highs, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says the nation’s top infectious disease expert “doesn’t know what he’s talking about” as Patrick defends the state’s handling of the pandemic.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a “massive outbreak” in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients.
Officials in the San Antonio area on Wednesday ordered people to wear face masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible and warned that businesses could face fines of up to $1,000 for failing to comply with county health policies in the next five days.
The U.S. Supreme Court granted a reprieve Tuesday to a Texas inmate scheduled to die for fatally stabbing an 85-year-old woman more than two decades ago, continuing a more than four-month delay of executions in the nation’s busiest death penalty state during the coronavirus pandemic.
A four-month delay in executions in Texas due to the coronavirus pandemic is set to come to an end with the scheduled lethal injection of a death row inmate condemned for fatally stabbing an 85-year-old woman more than two decades ago.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott gave permission Monday to reopen practically every facet of daily life in Texas, including bars and child daycare centers, lifting most full lockdown orders as the state continues one of the nation's swiftest reboots from coronavirus restrictions.
Texas saw its deadliest COVID-19 day of the coronavirus pandemic so far, with state officials reporting 58 deaths during a time span between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, according to state tabulations.
Texas’ Republican attorney general has asked the state’s high court to order local election officials to reject applications to vote by mail from people concerned with catching the coronavirus at polling places.
Texas Rangers season ticket holder Pat Green will be among the Texas artists who will play a series of drive-in concerts in the parking lot of the team's new stadium that has not yet hosted a baseball game because of the coronavirus pandemic.
By By PAUL J. WEBER and JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press
Texas kept charging ahead with reopening Tuesday as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott gave hair salons permission to return to business alongside restaurants and retailers, and defended the pace of rebooting one of the nation's biggest states as experts warn that going too fast could result in new outbreaks.
Texas charged toward reopening Friday despite the grim milestone of the state's deadliest single day since its first coronavirus case in March, raising new worries at a moment when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says the time has come to start moving forward.
Texas' coronavirus death toll hit a single-day high of 50 on Thursday, just as the state was preparing for a slow reboot of one of the world’s largest economies by reopening retail, restaurants, malls and movies to limited amounts of customers.
By By JIM VERTUNO and PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott outlined Monday a slow reopening of one of the world’s largest economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, allowing restaurants, retailers, movie theaters and malls to start letting customers trickle into their establishments starting Friday.