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November 19, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #151

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 4:03 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


With COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations rising in many areas of the state, is the governor considering another shutdown?


No. In a recent radio interview, the governor made it clear that another shutdown is not in the works: “We are not going to have any more lockdowns in the state of Texas. Our focal point is going to be working to heal those who have COVID, get them out of hospitals quickly, make sure they get back to their normal lives.” 


In furtherance of the governor’s stated goal of getting Texans out of hospitals and back to their daily lives, the governor has recently touted the distribution of a COVID-19 antibody therapy drug called bamlanivimab. This new treatment is being used to treat coronavirus patients with moderate symptoms before they require hospitalization, with the hopes of lowering hospitalization rates.


Earlier today (November 19), the governor held a press conference in Lubbock to discuss the distribution of the new treatment, and expressed optimism that increased volumes of therapy drugs like bamlanivimab, and the future arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, will assist with the recent spike in areas across the state. The governor urged Texans to continue wearing masks and adhering to social distancing practices heading into the holiday season. Additionally, the governor confirmed that there will not be another shutdown, and stated that some local officials haven’t adequately enforced the protocols spelled out the in the governor’s recent executive order.


While local governments have the ability to enforce the governor’s orders on masks and occupancy limits, there appears to be little additional discretion for local officials to take actions to address rising infection rates at this time. As previously reported, one state appellate court has held that local governments lack the authority to close certain businesses in a way that is inconsistent with the governor’s most recent order on re-opening, GA-32.


Further Updates


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.