Friday’s largest developments:
- Texas stories 45,198 instances and 1,272 deaths
- Dan Patrick pens op-ed saying sports activities ought to return with followers within the stadiums
- Former Texas assume tank chief tapped for White Home home coverage position, in line with stories
Texas Division of Licensing and Regulation drops instances towards barber retailers, salons
[5:26 p.m.] Barber retailers and salons gained’t be penalized in the event that they stayed open in April and early Could, when Gov. Greg Abbott had ordered them to shut to cease the unfold of the novel coronavirus, The Dallas Morning News reports.
The Texas Division of Licensing and Regulation dropped 200 instances towards barbers and cosmetologists, in addition to dismissing about 180 complaints that hadn’t been investigated, Tela Mange, spokesperson for the division, informed the Dallas Morning Information.
Abbott amended his order final Thursday — eliminating jail time as punishment for individuals defying state and native orders — after GOP disdain on the jailing of Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther. Having stored her salon open in protest of stay-at-home orders, Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail for contempt of the court docket.
Following Abbott’s revisions, the Texas Supreme Court docket ordered that Luther be launched from jail. However earlier than this, two Laredo ladies, Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata, had been arrested in mid-April for providing beauty providers. It wasn’t till Luther’s jailing that the problem caught widespread public consideration and sparked outrage.
Salons and barber retailers had been allowed to open Could 8. Abbott is predicted to launch additional pointers concerning the state’s reopening on Monday. — Clare Proctor
Texas stories 45,198 instances and 1,272 deaths
[4:00 p.m.] Texas reported 1,347 extra instances of the brand new coronavirus Friday, a rise of about 3% over yesterday, bringing the full variety of recognized instances to 45,198. Three new counties reported their first instances Friday; over 85% of the state’s 254 counties have reported no less than one case.
Harris County has reported probably the most instances, 8,817, adopted by Dallas County, which has reported 6,837 instances. See maps of the latest case numbers for every county and case charges per 1,000 residents.
The state has reported 56 further deaths — the second highest enhance for the reason that state began reporting coronavirus loss of life counts. Harris County reported 5 further deaths, bringing its whole to 193 deaths, greater than some other county.
As of Friday, 1,716 sufferers are recognized to be hospitalized in Texas. That’s a rise of 68 sufferers from Thursday. At the least 645,992 exams have been performed. — Mandi Cai
Dan Patrick pens op-ed saying sports activities ought to return with followers within the stadiums
[11:15 a.m.] Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick thinks sports activities followers ought to be capable of attend video games so long as some pointers are in place, he wrote in a Friday opinion piece for The Dallas Morning News.
“Let’s finish all this speak about enjoying in empty stadiums,” Patrick wrote. “Let the video games start with followers within the seats.”
The lieutenant governor’s concepts come a day after Gov. Greg Abbott hinted he might have information of sports activities facility reopenings in his upcoming Monday press convention, he mentioned in a Thursday KBTX-TV interview. Texas A&M University officers have mentioned it plans to start fall soccer.
Patrick laid out a sequence of proposals outside and indoor stadiums might implement to function through the COVID-19 pandemic. Stadiums ought to restrict fan capability, implement a social distance seating chart and examine everybody’s temperature after they undergo safety. If an individual’s temperature is excessive, they’ll’t attend the sport and will get a refund.
The lieutenant governor additionally proposed methods to skim day without work the precise sport by limiting timeouts within the final minute of basketball video games and limiting how lengthy a batter in baseball can step out of the field to readjust his gloves.
“I don’t imagine Anthony Fauci ought to anoint himself because the commissioner of sports activities and inform the house owners, gamers and followers what to do,” Patrick wrote. — Stacy Fernández
Former Texas coverage group chief reportedly tapped to supervise Trump administration’s home agenda
[5 a.m.] President Donald Trump is slated to call Brooke Rollins, the previous CEO of the Texas Public Coverage Basis and now longtime White Home official, as performing home coverage adviser, The New York Occasions reported Thursday evening.
In that position, Rollins reportedly will assist oversee Trump’s home agenda because the president encourages a number of states to loosen up current restrictions put in place to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus. She’s going to succeed Joe Grogan, who mentioned two weeks ago he deliberate to step down in Could.
Rollins left TPPF in 2018 after main the conservative assume tank for 15 years. She took a job within the White Home Workplace of American Innovation — which is led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.
Based on the Occasions, White Home employees secretary Derek Lyons was additionally floated as a possible successor to Grogan. As an alternative, Lyons will stay in his submit and function counselor to the president.
TPPF didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. — Alex Samuels
Texas well being officers anticipated to announce newest variety of coronavirus infections
[5 a.m.] Texas well being officers are anticipated to announce the most recent coronavirus take a look at counts Friday, a day after the state reported the most important enhance in constructive exams and deaths. At the least 43,851 individuals have examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus in Texas, and no less than 1,216 have died. See maps of the latest case numbers for every county and case charges per 1,000 residents. — Chris Essig
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