Texas Expands Self-Quarantine Orders for Travellers by Coming Into Texas from Covid-19 Hotspots in Louisiana, Washington, and California and select Cities

Laura Lorek
4 min readMar 29, 2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended his two-weeks self-quarantine executive order to include travelers coming into Texas from the entire state of Louisiana by car or by air.

Abbott has also expanded the order to include two-week self-quarantine for travelers entering Texas by air from the states of Washington and California and the cities of Miami, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Detroit, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois.

The move is intended to curb the spread of Covid-19 by quarantining people traveling into the state from some hot-spots in the country. Gov. Abbott announced the new executive orders during a press conference televised on the Internet by local TV stations Sunday afternoon.

Last week, Gov. Abbott issued an executive order requiring people traveling by air into Texas from the Tri-State New York metropolitan area including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and the City of New Orleans to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Gov. Abbott also gave an overview of how the state is preparing for a worst-case scenario of a major onslaught of Covid-19 patients to the state’s hospitals.

“As of today, we have plenty of hospital capacity to respond to the needs of our community,” Gov. Abbott said.

Texas’ hospitals have a 98 percent hospital vacancy rate for Covid-19 patients right now, he said. But that could change quickly if the disease spreads dramatically.

“Our job is to be looking two to three weeks ahead to make sure Texas can meet the needs of your community if Covid-19 expands,” Gov. Abbott said.

Texas is preparing for the worst-case challenges, Abbott said. And to prepare for that, he enlisted three National Guard Taskforce brigades to assist with healthcare preparedness. They are working to identify locations that can be used if hospital capacity is needed such as hotels, convention centers, vacant healthcare facilities, and other locations.

And on Sunday, Abbott announced that the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas will be set up with 250…

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Laura Lorek

Chief Creative Officer at SiliconHillsNews.com, host of the Ideas to Invoices Podcast and veteran technology journalist: 5 newspapers, 1 magazine & 1 startup.