GCHD to open COVID-19 testing site Thursday (GCHD) Updated: April 8, 2020
Texas State Parks Temporarily Close to the Public (TPW) Updated: April 7, 2020
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission (CDC) Updated: April 6, 2020
New evidence suggests COVID-19 can spread more easily than first thought (KHOU) HHSC Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line (HHS)
Declarations, Orders, and Edicts
April 8, 2020, Judge Mark Henry issued a new county order, Closing Galveston County Beaches During the Covid-19 Disaster. This order is effective 12:01am. on April 10, 2020, and continuing through April 17, 2020.
April 1, 2020, Judge Mark Henry issued a new county order called an “Order Relating to Continuity of Essential Services and Activities in Galveston County During the COVID-19 Disaster.” It replaces a March 23 order that was called an “Order to Stay Home.” The March 23 order was set to expire on Friday.
March 31, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols. The protocols renew the Governor’s directive to avoid eating or drinking inside at bars, restaurants, and food courts, although use of drive-thru, pickup, and delivery for food is highly encouraged. The order prohibits visiting gyms or massage establishments, and expands to include tattoo studios, piercing studios, and cosmetology salons. It also extends social distancing measures to April 30, 2020, and schools will remain closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 4, 2020.
March 30, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued a self-quarantine edict requiring road travelers from any location in Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
March 30, 2020, Gov. Abbott extended the previous air traveler self-quarantine edict to include persons traveling from California; Louisiana; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and Miami, Florida.
On March 26, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued a self-quarantine edict requiring air travelers from the tri-state area near New York City and from New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of Texas DSHS, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.”
March 13, 2020, Gov. Abbott Declares State of Disaster In Texas Due To COVID-19