Governor Abbott in a Sunday news conference issued executive orders to put in place new quarantines from several states.
Any air traveler entering Texas from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and the states of California and Washington must self quarantine for 14 days. His original order which included air travel from New Orleans, now includes anyone traveling by road from Louisiana.
The Governor reminded the public that the order is enforceable by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Troopers are stationed at airports across the state. Travelers must fill our forms provided by DPS and are subject to check ins throughout the 14 day quarantine by DPS Troopers. Anyone violating the quarantine would be subject to a fine up to $1,000 and/or 180 days in jail.
As part of the state’s response to COVID-19, Governor Greg Abbott has activated the Texas National Guard to assist throughout the state. The Governor has ordered an initial focus on two critical missions that will directly benefit from Texas National Guard’s unparalleled logistics capabilities, medical expertise, communications support, infrastructure maintenance, and transportation assets: assisting drive through testing sites and bolstering the state’s healthcare infrastructure.
The Guard is also rolling out support for the state’s healthcare infrastructure with medical providers, equipment, and supplies needed to provide access to care. As the response advances, Guardsmen will continue working with partners at the local, state, and national levels to identify and develop additional locations that can be converted to healthcare facilities.
To ensure responding Guard members are healthy, trained medical staff will be attached to each unit and provide screenings before each Guard member is approved for the mission. Any Guard member showing signs of illness will receive treatment and the needed resources to recover while following all requirements outlined by the CDC. This measure will keep responding units healthy and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.