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COVID-19 Bulletin (04/06/20)

Abbott threatens to remove convention center hospital, while Dallas is staying home until April 30.

Governor Greg Abbott circulated a letter over the weekend threatening to remove the hospital that has been set up in the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center if it isn’t being used, and how it could impact future federal aid. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says he thought it was his to use if it was needed, and says he hasn’t spoken with the Governor since the crisis began. Read more from WFAA.

After a bit of confusion, Dallas County has been placed under a stay-at-home order until April 30, and the state of emergency will last until May 20. Read more from D Magazine here.

Texas DPS officers have begun screening people driving into Texas from Louisiana in response to an executive order from Governor Greg Abbott. DPS had previously said checkpoints were not part of the plan, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Dallas County reported 97 new cases Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 1,112, with 18 deaths according to NBCDFW. The new daily cases have remained flat for the last several days.

With elective procedures ending, hospitals are reassigning staff to prepare for an uptick in COVID-19 patients, but facilities are also concerned about keeping those workers healthy themselves. Read more from the Texas Tribune.

Krys Boyd interviews science writer David Quammen on Think to discuss animal to human virus transmission, and how scientists have been long expecting the next pandemic to begin this way. Listen in here.


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