AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 13 declared a state of disaster in all Texas counties and listed actions agencies are taking to contain and minimize the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus, a highly contagious flulike respiratory disease. Abbott said agency actions would include: — Provide immediate ability to move resources around the state, including resources obtained through the Strategic National Stockpile, an emergency supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies; — Restrict visitations at nursing homes, state-supported living centers, hospitals, daycare facilities, prisons, jails and juvenile justice facilities while allowing limited exceptions for situations such as end-of-life visitations; — Direct state agencies to take any action necessary to facilitate telemedicine and to provide flexible work and tele-work policies; and — Empower the Texas Attorney General to pursue cases of price-gouging and ensure that offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Cost waiving requested
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It’s the stuff of scary movies. A few weeks ago, Italy--- with the largest elderly per capita population in Europe---confirmed 322 cases of COVID-19. Each victim received the best comprehensive attention. When the number rose to 2,502, doctors lost the ability to attend meticulously to lifesaving functions and an equal care level for all---things like artificial ventilation. Realization dawned that shortages of medical equipment would become as bad as or worse than the disease.
Rival bootleggers turned downtown Galveston into their own private shooting gallery on Mar. 13, 1931 sending innocent bystanders diving for cover and two wounded gangsters to the hospital.
AUSTIN — Incumbent President Donald J. Trump, who received 94% of the vote in the Lone Star State’s Republican primary election, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who received 34.5 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, were their parties’ top vote-getters on March 3, Super Tuesday.
A younger cousin of mine texted that he’d be traveling near Clifton and wanted to stop by the ranch. He’s a busy surgeon whom we don’t get to see too often. So I was happy, despite the fact that I’d need to do some pretty fast tap dancing to get this place guest-worthy in less than 24 hours. Add to that fact that he recently became an almost-vegan, convinced he’ll live longer without meat. ---so fish, fruit and veggies.