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News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

TexPIRG statement on statewide mask order

Today, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a mask mandate for Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. Lauren Banister, TexPIRG Public Interest Associate, issued the following statement in response to this decision.

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

STATEMENT: Two week extension for testing site funding is not enough

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services  has reversed its decision to end federal funding for five of the seven testing sites it had slated for closure in Texas. Last week, the Trump Administration released plans to end federal funding for 13 coronavirus testing sites on June 30 with seven of those testing sites in major Texas cities. Five of the sites in Texas now have a two week extension of federal funding.

Lauren Banister, TexPIRG Associate issued the following statement in response to this decision

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

New analysis: Texas receives trending poorly marks for COVID-19 containment measures

With America as a whole continuing to struggle in containing the COVID-19 virus,  TexPIRG released a new fact sheet today calling on Texas to maintain all current restrictions related to COVID-19, and take additional measures to improve containment. 

News Release | TexPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

New Report: Counties working hard to be ready for election, but need more workers

A new report out today by the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) Education Fund surveyed county clerks and election administrators to understand how they are preparing for the primary runoff during a pandemic. The group surveyed and researched more than 46 counties, sending out a survey, conducting interviews, and researching websites to determine what steps are being taken to make our elections safer and what still needs to be done. 

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

TexPIRG Statement on Gov. Abbott slowing down the state’s reopening

Gov. Greg Abbott halted the process of reopening Texas on Thursday amid a record-setting spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. In addition, the governor told four large counties across the state not to allow elective surgeries, to keep from overwhelming hospitals. 

In response, TexPIRG Director Bay Scoggin released the following statement:

“When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Governor Abbott’s announcement today is a recognition that we moved too quickly to reopen, and while tough to hear, is absolutely the right decision. Stopping further reopenings is a good first step, and the only choice if we want to get ourselves out of this hole.

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