Gov. Abbott continues monitoring state's coronavirus cases, plan - FOX34 Lubbock

Gov. Abbott continues monitoring state's coronavirus cases, plan underway to reopen Texas economy

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AUSTIN, Texas -

Governor Abbott reports more than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 in our state.

The governor says Texas is nowhere near its hospital bed capacity. In the past week, the state has issued nearly 4.8 million masks, more than 433,000 face shields, almost two million gloves and 16,000 gowns.

Texas has paid out nearly $1.5 billion in unemployment insurance, about 80% of the claims available. 

The governor says Texas has issued more than 200,000 tests and says adding more to that is crucial to his plan to reopen the Texas economy.

He also emphasized hit stay-at-home and essential services orders last until April 30. On Monday, he will announce the state's plan and guidelines to gradually and safely reopen the economy. That's expected to include new guidance to go into effect May 1.

To go with that, the governor says there are nearly half a million job opening across that state.

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