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Texas HDC Chair Chris Turner: Abbott Should Restore Local Control Amid COVID-19 Surge

(TEXAS) – Today, Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference discussing the distribution of a new antibody drug for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. This was his first official press conference related to the crisis in two months.

Representative Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response:

“I hope this new treatment is successful and saves lives, but Governor Abbott should return power to local leaders so they can take decisive action to curb the rampant spread of COVID-19 in their communities. Resigning ourselves to more people falling ill while focusing exclusively on potential therapies is not the strong response that is required.

“Every twelve minutes, another Texan dies of COVID-19. That’s three more Texans dead just during the governor’s press conference today; three more loved ones who won’t be with us this holiday season.

“It didn’t have to be this way. The governor’s decision to wield absolute power in response to this crisis has failed. The governor should get out of the way and let local leaders take measures to protect their communities.”

The press conference comes as the COVID-19 situation in Texas is growing more and more concerning, with:

  1. Hospitals running out of beds across the state.
  2. A new case diagnosed every 8 seconds.
  3. The state positivity rate hovering above 10 percent — the governor’s original ‘warning flag’ level that would incite state action — for over a week.


The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which is composed of all Democrats in the Texas House, serves as the group’s membership services and logistical arm, and works to support House Democrats with communications, policy, and legal resources. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D – Grand Prairie), the Caucus is focused on fighting for real solutions for all Texans.

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