The numbers include Fayette County's first reported death from the coronavirus, which also was announced Monday.
"To increase the number of available nurses, I have waived regulations to address potential shortages of nurses", Gov. Greg Abbott said at a Sunday news conference. The State of Texas continues to work with distributors, retailers, and restaurants to ensure they have the support they need to continue providing for Texans. "The doctors and nurses and other medical personnel we have in the state are the soldiers on the front line of this war against COVID-19". Abbott said. If you know of someone who wants to volunteer to help, please go to www.texas.gov and at the top of the page will be a site you can click on to volunteer time or supplies.
"As a state, Texas has the highest level of uninsured people in the nation", U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen said in a statement demanding a statewide order.
"We hope we don't have to do that, but we are very happy to have that option, especially if we have families where maybe we have a husband and a wife, where we could put that together", said Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center Chief Clinical Officer Trish Wood.
Case numbers have quickly risen in the Southeast Texas region with no clear sign of slowing down.
Filed in accordance with the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the request is based in part on Governor Abbott's conclusion that the ongoing COVID-19 incident is of such severity and magnitude that supplementary federal assistance is necessary to save lives, to protect property, public health, and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a larger disaster. According to the Governor's Office, 466 local jurisdictions in Texas have made their own disaster declaration, similar to Montgomery County's declaration, and the number of disaster declarations is expected to rise.