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Governor issues statewide disaster declaration

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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Heeding the advice ofex erts

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.

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The yard looked great...

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.

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