Abbott extends statewide COVID-19 disaster declaration

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AUSTIN ( -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has again extended a statewide disaster declaration in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation, originally issued on March 13, provides the state access to a variety of resources to help Texans mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19.

"Renewing this Disaster Declaration helps ensure that we have the resources and strategies in place to help communities across Texas respond to COVID-19," Abbott said in a statement. "I urge Texans to take precautionary steps to protect their health by wearing a mask, social distancing, and sanitizing their hands. Working together, we will slow the spread and keep our communities safe.”

As of Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 640,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, with 13,492 fatalities. 251 of the state's 254 counties have reported at least one confirmed case.