Jun 2, 2020

Texas State and Local Action on COVID-19

For a complete look at federal and state action related to the coronavirus, visit MWC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Facts and Resources website.

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COVID-19 has created a fluid and rapidly evolving situation across the state of Texas. Below are the latest developments:

Case Statistics for Tuesday, 6/02/2020

  • 66,568 total cases (20,353 estimated active cases)
  • 1,688 new cases today
  • 44,517estimated recovered
  • 1,698 fatalities
  • 986,224 viral tests
  • 107,452 antibody tests

Governor Abbott Holds Press Conference on Protests

Governor Abbott held a press conference this afternoon in Dallas to address the protests that have been sweeping across Texas and the nation in response to the May 25th killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. In his remarks, the Governor called for swift justice in the case of George Floyd’s death, and discussed the ways Texas is working with local law enforcement to maintain order and uphold public safety so that peaceful protestors can continue to make their voices heard.

To end the violence, vandalism, and looting experienced across the state, the Governor has deployed DPS officers and Texas National Guardsmen to several cities in Texas—including 1,000 DPS officers and hundreds of Guardsmen to the Dallas-Fort Worth region. They are working alongside federal partners from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to stop the violence and protect those protesting peacefully. The Governor also noted that the state is working with four United States Attorneys in Texas to ensure that individuals coming from across state lines to hijack peaceful protests with violence will be subject to federal prosecution.

The Governor was joined by Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall, Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus, Major General Tracy Norris of the Texas National Guard, and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Colonel Steve McCraw.

State Budget Update

Texas Comptroller Glen Hegar announced that the state collected 13.2 percent less in state sales tax revenue in May than it did last year.  This drop in sales tax is the largest drop since January 2010.  The decline included purchases made during the month of April when the state was under a mandatory stay-at-home order.   In March, the state collected nine percent less than it did in 2019.  Motor fuel, hotel occupancy, and alcohol taxes are also at their lowest since the 1980’s. 

To try to offset some of the state’s losses, the Governor instructed state agencies and higher education institutions to reduce their budgets by five percent. Agencies, programs and services that are on the front lines in COVID-19 response are excluded from the five percent reduction including Medicaid benefits, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the foster care program and services for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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