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Texas Gov. Abbott says ‘abundant supplies’ of PPE exist for schools to reopen, even as virus cases rise

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks from an emergency management warehouse.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday visited a Texas Division of Emergency Management warehouse in San Antonio to receive an update on the state's supply of personal protective equipment.

He was joined by Nim Kidd, the chief of the state's emergency management division, and Abbott gave brief remarks.

Abbott said that the opening of schools and the upcoming flu season will increase the need for PPE in the near future.

"We have abundant supplies that we will be able to continue to provide PPE to schools, to hospitals, to nursing homes, to testing sites, to any operation within the state of Texas that's going to need PPE in response to the pandemic," said Abbott.

He indicated that TDEM has distributed 59 million masks, 24,000 thermometers, and 500,000 face shields to Texas schools at no cost to the local districts.

"We have ordered just over $1 billion worth of PPE," added Nim Kidd, the chief of the state's emergency management division. He said that if there's leftover equipment, it will be used as a stockpile for future events.

The event came as Texas health officials reported almost 9,200 confirmed new vius cases Tuesday as a convention center in the hard-hit Rio Grande Valley opened as a makeshift hospital for Covid-19 patients.

The Department of State Health Services also reported 245 confirmed new deaths from the virus that has taken a particularly grim toll along the Texas border. Abbott said the McAllen Convention Center will be able to treat as many 250 patients to ease the strain on local hospitals.

The total number of cases reported since the outbreak began in March has topped 451,000, with the death toll approaching 7,300, state officials said.

Almost 138,000 cases remain active, with almost 8,700 cases requiring hospitalization, down from just over 8,800 on Monday. The testing positivity rate has climbed to 13.88% — well over the 10% red flag that Abbott has identified.

The true number of cases in Texas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

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  1. Why is Abbot sending PPE to schools? Covid19 deniers on this site say they don’t work. They say NOTHING works. So, never mind Abbot, just send your kids to school without any protection. And if they come home with the Virus and give it to Mom, Dad, sister, Grandma, just say what Trunp says*it is what it is.*

    1. The closer it gets to Nov 3, the more shrill the racists and Nazis get. And it isn’t helping that the orange buffoon now appears to be actually campaigning for Sleepy Joe!

        1. “Eeeeeeeveryone, except me.” Typical paranoid symptoms where everyone is out to get you. Dr Phil wants you on his show to try and fix you. Trumpie cry baby. Nobody likes me, he says. Wonder why?

      1. I pulled up to Albertson’s this morning, had my windows down and no mask. Some putz in a little red Prius got out, wearing a mask, no passengers and said, “Shouldn’t you be wearing a mask?” I said, the only kind of people riding around alone, wearing a mask are people that lick the windows and drive red Priuses. He got pissed and walked away. I was hoping it was you and your little bat.

        1. Wow. What a tough guy! And no it wasn’t me because if it was I wouldn’t have walked away pissed. I would have told you that you were an ignorant Hillbilly and then I would have walked away.

          1. Tell you what. Don’t wear a mask or believe in Covid19, that will mean one less voter for Dumb ass Trump.

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