Coronavirus updates in Texas: U.S. House takes up relief bill as Dallas County bolsters medical response

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Friday’s biggest developments U.S. House set to take up relief bill Senate passed on Thursday Dallas County, hard hit by COVID-19, marshaling more medical resources Gov. Greg Abbott works to balance demands of local officials, GOP leaders Coronavirus relief bill heads to U.S. House on Friday [5:00 a.m.] The U.S. House is expected to vote …

Dallas County creating temporary hospital, calls in National Guard for medical help as novel coronavirus cases top 300

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The Texas county hit hardest so far by the new coronavirus is strengthening its medical response with a mobile hospital and by calling in health care workers from the National Guard, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Thursday. Dallas County, which has more than 300 positive cases, will eventually open the 250-bed hospital, Jenkins said, …

Texas’ shuttered businesses, laid-off workers and overwhelmed hospitals among beneficiaries of coronavirus relief bill

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WASHINGTON — It took a pandemic to get Democratic and Republican senators to work together. It is a testament to COVID-19’s devastating impact on the American economy and to public health that members of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday night unanimously supported a bill so sweeping, so expensive, that it touches almost every part of …

Coronavirus updates in Texas: U.S. Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus package

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Thursday’s biggest developments: • U.S. Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus package • Campaigns face uncertainty after runoff postponed U.S. Senate advances $2 trillion stimulus package [5 a.m.] The U.S. Senate unanimously passed one of the most sweeping pieces of legislation in American history late Wednesday night, aiming to mitigate the fallout from a COVID-19 outbreak …

Migrants say COVID-19 fears led to disturbance in Texas immigration detention center

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This article is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. The fright and anxiety over the spread of COVID-19 in Texas breached the walls of an immigration detention center …

Worried about current compliance, Gov. Greg Abbott signals openness to stricter coronavirus order

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Gov. Greg Abbott expressed some dissatisfaction Tuesday with how Texans are responding to various measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, signaling an openness to imposing stricter statewide action soon. “It’s clear to me that we may not be achieving the level of compliance that is needed,” Abbott said during a news conference in Austin. “That’s …

Denton County asks state for temporary hospital after COVID-19 outbreak at state supported living center

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Warning that a COVID-19 outbreak at a state-run home for people with disabilities could quickly overwhelm health care workers, local officials in Denton called on Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday to build a temporary hospital on site. At least six of the more than 400 residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center have tested …

Rural Texas hospitals should be staffing up to face coronavirus. Many can’t afford to.

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At a time when most hospitals are ramping up capacity to treat a massive number of patients who may become infected with COVID-19, rural hospital administrators say financial hardships could force them to do the opposite. Before the contagious new coronavirus arrived in Texas, rural hospitals already faced a bleak financial forecast. Demographic shifts, high …

Coronavirus updates in Texas: No room for tourists in Jeff Davis County

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Monday’s biggest developments: Jeff Davis County commissioner says tourists should stay home Trump administration postpones “remain in Mexico” hearings Hospital trade group asks local governments to impose shelter-in-place order Jeff Davis County commissioner: No room for tourists [9:47 p.m.] It’s not just big-city officials who are worried about the novel coronavirus. Todd Jagger, a Jeff …