Gov. Abbott says Strike Force assigned to reopen Texas will ‘get this done’

Megan Armstrong San Antonio News

Updated 3:52 pm CDT, Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is confident the Strike Force to Open Texas, a team of experts he appointed to strategically reopen select sectors in the state, will get the job done.

Abbott shared an article by San Antonio TV news outlet KENS-5 Monday night, highlighting Bill Miller Bar-B-Q owner Balous Miller’s involvement on the force.

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“We’re gonna get this done,” the governor added to the tweet.

Naturally, the statement spurred a debate between Texans in favor of re-opening businesses like restaurants and those who feel the move is being made in haste.

Abbott provided a statewide update on Tuesday afternoon. During the news conference, he said the statewide stay-at-home order will remain in effect through April 30. On April 27, he will introduce a new order for Texas that will override local decisions.

He also noted April 9 as the state’s highest positive COVID-19 test date with more than 1,000 cases confirmed. Abbott said Texas has not reached that number “for 12 days.” Local reporting confirmed 615 positive patients on April 9 — an increase of 111 cases from the day before — and two additional deaths in San Antonio and Bexar County.

The city and county are reporting 1,029 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 39 deaths to date.

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