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Texas waives nurse licensing regulations

Monte Whaley | Mar 26, 2020 | Texas

What They're Watching: Rep. Garnet Coleman

Michael Goldberg | Mar 25, 2020 | Texas

Texas opens closed hospitals to handle COVID-19 cases

Monte Whaley | Mar 25, 2020 | Texas

Texas Greg Abbott today ordered shuttered hospitals re-started and planned hospitals to begin operations sooner to handle the anticipated wave of COVID-19 patients. Abbot temporarily waived certain hospital licensing rules and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has adopted an emergency rule to increase hospital capacity. The waivers allow...[ Read More ]

Texas gets more Meals on Wheels support for COVID-19 impact

Monte Whaley | Mar 25, 2020 | Texas

Texas will get $16.2 million to boost the state’s Meals on Wheels program as part of a $250 million federal outlay to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. The federal grant helps fund Meals on Wheels programs for 2.4 million Americans who are unable to leave their homes and apartments.   The...[ Read More ]

Texas AG warns against abortions during COVID-19 spread

Monte Whaley | Mar 24, 2020 | Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday warned the state's licensed health care professionals and licensed health care facilities that planned abortions have to wait unless the mother’s life is in danger. Paxton said abortions are among surgeries and procedures that must be postponed if they are not immediately medically...[ Read More ]

Dispatch from Seattle v4: On working to acceptance of the "new normal"

DJ Wilson | Mar 24, 2020 | Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Federal, New Mexico, Texas, Utah

Dealing with the COVID crisis definitely has a process. It's not unlike the five stages of grief, to be honest. Unless you're in NYC, if you're outside of Seattle, we're still about 2-4 weeks ahead of you. So, you may not have worked through these stages yet. Or, you may...[ Read More ]

Texas governor works to enlist more nurses in COVID-19 fight

Monte Whaley | Mar 23, 2020 | Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott waived several regulations over the weekend to enlist more nurses in the state’s hospitals and clinic to help slow the advance of COVID-19. The moves include       Allowing temporary permit extensions to practice for graduate nurses and graduate vocational nurses who have yet to...[ Read More ]

Job losses expected to mount in hotel industry, according to new study

Michael Goldberg | Mar 20, 2020 | Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Utah

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the hotel industry is facing a grim economic outlook. According to an Oxford Economics study released by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), 44% of hotel employees in every state are projected to have lost or lose their jobs in coming weeks  The impact...[ Read More ]

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