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Gov. Abbott Extends Disaster Declaration Sunday

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday declared a state of disaster as the coronavirus pandemic spreads to the state's largest cities.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott extended Sunday the state of disaster he declared last month as the number of coronavirus cases in Texas surpassed 13,500 and the death total climbed above 270.

"By extending my Disaster Declaration, we are ensuring the state of Texas continues to have adequate resources and capabilities to support our communities and protect public health," said Abbott. "I urge all Texans to continue practicing social distancing and abide by the guidelines laid out by the CDC and my Executive Orders to slow the spread of COVID-19."

The extension does not affect his essential protocols order, which is a separate document and remains in effect until April 30. That declaration, issued April 2, laid out guidelines for social distancing and essential businesses.

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The extension adds 30 days to the original declaration, unless it is renewed.

"I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster," the proclamation says.

Sunday, cases around North Texas climbed past 3,700 while number of deaths reached 86.

Read the full proclamation below.

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