Disaster declaration extends in Texas as COVID-19 cases spike

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott extended his disaster declaration on Friday for all Texas counties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally issued on March 13, the declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve Texans as they mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Abbott extended the declaration to last 30 days.

"Extending this Disaster Declaration helps ensure that Texas has the resources and flexibility needed to effectively respond to COVID-19," said Abbott. "To further mitigate the spread of the virus and overcome this challenge, Texans should continue to do their part by wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying home if possible."

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