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Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 6, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. July 2, 2020. Mask up, Texas. That’s an order from your governor — finally. With COVID-19 infections soaring and hospital ICU capacity reaching critical levels, Gov. Greg Abbott finally did the right thing Thursday and ordered everyone in most Texas counties to wear a mask in...

A man, who identifies himself as Dom, jogs along a road with an American flag Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Texas leaders warn of hospital capacity, ask for lockdowns

Jul. 5, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Leaders in two of Texas' biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state's continued surge in coronavirus cases tests hospital capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN’s "State of the Union" Sunday that he wants...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jul. 3, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego; Miami Mayor Francis Suarez; Judge Lina Hidalgo of Harris County, Texas. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” —...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott adjusts his mask after speaking in Austin, Texas.  Abbott on Thursday, July 2, ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state, a dramatic ramp up of the Republican's efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

As Texas reverses course on masks, GOP digs in on convention

Jul. 3, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his party charged ahead with plans for a massive convention this month in Houston, magnifying the conflicting responses in the Texas GOP to a rampant resurgence of the coronavirus. Abbott,...

FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the Houston Police Department shows Steven Bryant, left, and Gerald Goines, in Houston. An audit has found various problems with a Houston Police Department narcotics unit that's been under scrutiny following a deadly 2019 drug raid. The audit found that officers made hundreds of errors in cases, often weren't thorough in their investigations, lacked supervision and overpaid informants for the seizure of minuscule amounts of drugs. The 66-page audit reviewed the work of two former members of the narcotics unit, Goines and Bryant, along with the work of squads within the unit. (Houston Police Department via AP, File)

Audit criticizes Houston police unit tied to fatal drug raid

Jul. 2, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An audit of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit that’s been under scrutiny following a deadly 2019 drug raid found that officers made hundreds of errors in cases, often weren’t thorough in their investigations, lacked supervision and overpaid informants for the seizure...

A women wears a mask while walking in a park Wednesday, July 1, 2014, in Houston. Harris County Commissioners have voted to extend the recently-issued mask order until August 26. The order directs any businesses providing goods or services to require all employees and visitors to wear face coverings in areas of close proximity to co-workers or the public. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Critics slam changes in ICU capacity reporting in Houston

Jul. 2, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A change in how Houston area hospitals report intensive care unit capacity during the coronavirus pandemic has drawn criticism from the top two locally elected officials who are questioning if the medical facilities are being fully transparent. But officials within the Texas Medical Center,...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 29, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. June 25, 2020. Hospitals are at capacity. It’s time to act, Gov. Abbott Update 11:44 a.m.: Gov. Abbott announced late Thursday morning that he’s ordering hospitals in Dallas, Harris, Travis and Bexar counties to suspend elective procedures to free up space for COVID-19 patients,...

Visitors, some wearing masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, walk along the River Walk in San Antonio, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in San Antonio. Cases of COVID-19 have spiked in Texas and the governor of Texas is encouraging people to wear masks in public and stay home if possible. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

'Coming back and biting us': US sees virus resurgence

Jun. 24, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A coronavirus resurgence is wiping out two months of progress in the U.S. and sending infections to dire new levels across the South and West, with hospital administrators and health experts warning Wednesday that politicians and a tired-of-being-cooped-up public are letting a disaster...

Gov. Greg Abbott addresses a news conference at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, about the coronavirus pandemic Monday, June 22, 2020. Abbott said he has no plans to shut down the state again.

Texas hits 5,000 new cases for first time as virus surges

Jun. 23, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rapidly worsening coronavirus numbers in Texas reached bleak new milestones Tuesday as the state surpassed 5,000 new cases in a single day for the first time and hospitalizations again hit record numbers, leading the largest pediatric hospital in the U.S. to begin treating adult...