Official Proclamation on COVID-19 State of Disaster in Texas
delivered 13 March
2020, Austin, Texas
Texas Government Proclamation.pdf
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE
PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
has been recognized globally as a contagious respiratory virus; and
WHEREAS, as of March 13, 2020, there are
more than 30 confirmed cases of COVID-l 9 located in multiple Texas counties;
WHEREAS, there are more than 50 Texans with
pending tests for COVID-19 in Texas; and
WHEREAS, some schools, universities, and
other governmental entities are beginning to alter their schedules, and some
venues are beginning to temporarily close, as precautionary responses to the
increasing presence of COVID- 19 in Texas; and
WHEREAS, costs incurred to prepare for and
respond to COVID-19 are beginning to mount at the state and local levels; and
WHEREAS, the State of Texas has already
taken numerous steps to prepare for COVID 19, such as increasing laboratory
testing capacity, coordinating preparedness efforts across state agencies, and
working with local partners to promote appropriate mitigation efforts; and
WHEREAS, it is critical to take additional
steps to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect
the health and welfare of Texans; and
WHEREAS, declaring a state of disaster will
facilitate and expedite the use and deployment of resources to enhance
preparedness and response.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of
the State of Texas, do hereby certify that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of
disaster. In accordance with the authority vested in me by
Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I
hereby declare a state of disaster for all counties in Texas.
Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available
resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably
necessary to cope with this disaster.
Pursuant to Section 418.0 16 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the
procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency
that would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with
this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the
Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or
administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state
agency’s emergency response that is necessary to cope with this declared
disaster, I hereby suspend such statutes and rules for the duration of this
declared disaster for that limited purpose.
In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall
be filed with the applicable authorities.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed
my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office
in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 13th day of March, 2020.
Governor Greg Abbott
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