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Campuses closed for school year in Texas

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott reopened state parks, closed schools for the rest of the academic year, and announced a plan for reopening retail stores at a news briefing April 17. Courtesy photo

School campuses will remained closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year, while state parks will reopen Monday, April 20, announced Texas Governor Greg Abbott during a news briefing Friday, April 17. In the briefing, Abbott issued additional executive orders to supplement his original order on March 27 and explained a phased-in approach to reopening Texas’ economy, including opening all retail stores for to-go orders as of April 24.

He also set up a strike force to study data as the state begins getting back to work. The group of state leaders, business owners, and health and education officials will gather information and make recommendations about when and how to reopen businesses.

“We will focus on containing the risk of a resurgence of COVID-19 and protecting our most vulnerable Texans,” Abbott said. “The plans outlined will be based on how well we have contained the virus in the state of Texas.”

Effective April 22, current restrictions on surgery will be loosened. Doctors will be allowed to diagnose and treat without the need to get an exception for surgical procedures.

“While loosening restriction for doctors, we will be enhancing standards for nursing home seniors, requiring infectious control policies and minimizing movement of staff between facilities,” Abbott said.

Additional extensions and openings will be announced at a media briefing on April 27.

“Even more announcements will come in May as it is determined that the infection rate continues to decline and hospital capacity remains available and when testing continues to detect and contain additional outbreaks,” Abbott said. “Step by step, we will reopen Texas.”

For more tips on how to keep yourself, your workspace, and your home safe, visit the COVID-19 resources webpage at You’ll also find information on the latest news, closures, cancellations, and public orders along with informational links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

If you think you have the coronavirus, please contact the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District at 361-826-7200, and a representative will give you instructions. Check the city’s webpage for more information.

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