Governor Greg Abbott has announced that Texas received 2.5 million masks in the past 24 hours, and will receive an additional 3 million masks by April 11th.
"It is vital that our health care workers and first responders on the front lines have the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe as they respond to COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "The Supply Chain Strike Force is working closely with the Texas Division of Emergency Management to exhaust all avenues for the purchasing and delivery of these critical supplies. We continue to make tremendous progress to distribute these resources throughout the state, and with more supplies on the way, we are strengthening our state’s ability to protect our health care workers and the patients they serve. I thank all of our health care workers and first responders as well as the supply chain workers who are working tirelessly to deliver this essential equipment to Texas."
Abbott opened the news conference by detailing a telephone conference he had earlier in the day. Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx were among those on call. Birx said mitigation efforts are working, Abbott says.
“She said that we are getting close to beginning to bend the curve, but also she made clear that if we let up now all of our efforts that have led us to this point will have been for nothing,” Abbott said.