Texas Governor Greg Abbott amended his Executive Order calling for all schools to remain closed in the state of Texas until May 4th. This means HEB ISD facilities will be closed and all events/activities canceled until May 4; remote learning and meal distribution will continue.
Governor Abbott was joined by Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. The Executive Order for Texas mirrors an announcement recently by President Donald Trump.
“Now is not the time to let up our distancing efforts,” Governor Abbott said. “Now is the time to redouble our efforts to make sure we do more to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Although HEB ISD has been following the recommendations of the Tarrant County Health Department, this new Executive Order officially extends the District’s April 17th closure announcement.
Today Texas has 3,266 cases in 122 counties with 41 deaths. A total of 42,922 Texans have been tested, which means less than 10 percent have tested positive. In Tarrant County alone there are 273 cases, 8 people who have recovered and one death. The US now has more than double the number of COVID-19 cases as China and leads all other countries with 163,539 cases. Health officials here are projecting the state’s COVID-19 cases to peak around May 1. The Governor reported that only 2.4 percent of the state’s available hospital beds are currently being used.
District playgrounds are closed and we encourage families to stay home, avoid contact within six feet of other people and follow social-distancing directives for essential activities only as outlined by city, county and state officials. For more information about HEB ISD’s response to the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 website at www.hebisd.edu/coronavirus