Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday that ends all elective and non-medically necessary surgeries in four Texas counties.
Currently, the order applies only to Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis County. However, sources at the Governor’s office say that the executive order could be expanded without notice.
The order that was issued on Thursday will remain in effect until the Governor revokes it.
It comes on a day when Texas hospitals began urging Texans to stay at home and do their part to help reduce hospital capacity in Texas. Currently, 4,389 persons in the hospital due to COVID-19 and and estimated 50, 774 active cases of COVID-19.
Nueces County was not included on that list, though state health officials say that they are closely monitoring the number of cases throughout the state and particularly those areas that have seen significant positivity rate increases, such as Nueces County which surpassed the 1,000 mark on Wednesday.
This is a developing story.