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March 24, 2020      6:54 PM

Texas ramps up for potential uptick in COVID-19 cases

Of the big state governors, Abbott falls somewhere in the middle on all this so far

Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a COVID-19 update with a backdrop of donated medical supplies, but he never answered the critical question: How much more time until Texas is prepared?

The question seems significant because of Pres. Donald Trump’s response to East and West Coast governors battling COVID-19 in recent days.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has vocally – and frequently – been critical of the Trump White House, especially in frequent updates during the COVID-19 virus. The latest update? “You pick 24,000 people to die,” Cuomo said here in an effort to either access a federal stockpile or redirect factory production of items such as ventilators.

On the West Coast, Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat, has his own version of a federal response. Within hours of his request, Trump granted a major disaster request on Sunday. Texas made a similar disaster request, which has yet to receive a response.

So, where does Abbott fall? Somewhere in the middle, it appears.

By Kimberly Reeves

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