In April, Texas's Governor Banned Counties From Enforcing Public Mask Orders
- In this April order, Abbott allowed many businesses throughout Texas to reopen with some limitations.
- His order “supersede[d] any local orders that impose[d] fines for people found violating face mask mandates,” the Statesman explained.
- Abbott’s order “encouraged” individuals to wear “face coverings” but prohibited local governments in Texas from issuing civil or criminal penalties to anyone not wearing a mask.
The Wall Street Journal reports that on April 25, Abbott released a new executive order instructing hospitals to postpone some operations in order to make sure that bedspace is available for future COVID-19 patients.
The Journal explains,
Daily new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations hit records in Texas this week, state data show. It has pushed some hospitals to near capacity for the most critical patients. The Texas Medical Center, a complex of hospitals in Houston, reported it had reached 98% of its normal intensive care beds as of Tuesday.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Texas has seen 128,132 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.