The Texas Senate is now debating a bill that would require professional sports teams to play the National Anthem before games in Texas
This is of course response to the Dallas Mavericks who started this season conducting an experiment that resulted in the National Anthem not being played before 13 games.

The NBA had already declared since that all teams are required to play it.
State Sen. Brian Birdwell, a Marine vet, said this isn't just about sports like basketball or football, this is "about what makes this country great."
Bill passes 28 to 2 with one member absent.

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20 Oct 20
NEW: Texas is reporting 4,319 people hospitalized with lab-confirmed COVID-19. That is up 35% from Oct. 1 and it is the highest total since Aug. 28
Over the last 7 days we have averaged 4,216 hospitalized patients with COVID.

Over previous 7 days we averaged 3,597. Before that we averaged 3,245.
The state is reporting we still have over 13,000 available hospital beds to deal with COVID19 cases and 1,100 ICU beds, even with the rising cases.
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3 Aug 20
Some of the smallest counties in Texas being hit hard by COVID, according to state data. Real County (west of San Antonio) with just 3,400 people went from having 9 positive cases two weeks ago to 76 as of Saturday - 850% increase.
In Madison County (pop 14,500), just outside of College Station, they went from 175 cases to 645 in last two weeks. In Jasper County near the Louisiana border, they went from 92 cases to 291. That's over 200% increase for those two according to state data.
Among counties with at least 50,000 people, San Patricio (Corpus area) remains one of the hardest hit over last two weeks with a 98% increase in cases according to state data. Cameron on the border had 97% increase. Hood next with 78% increase.
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27 Jul 20
BREAKING: Texas is reporting 5,713 people who have died from COVID-19 - a dramatically higher tally than reported yesterday. That is 675 more than previously reported on Sunday.
State officials say they've changed the way they count deaths from COVID. Rather than waiting for counties to report totals, they are using death certificates data that is more up to date and accurate. And they are counting deaths as of when they died, instead of when reported.
Here's the state's explanation:
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22 Jul 20
BREAKING: Texas set a new record for reported deaths in a day from COVID19 with 197 people since yesterday. The state has now lost 4,348 people to COVID. That is 916 people in just 7 days - more deaths than we saw all of June. We've lost almost 2,000 this month.
Texas also set a new record for hospitalizations of COVID patients. State is reporting 10,893 lab-confirmed COVID patients in hospitals - that is up 48 from yesterday.
New Texas COVID-19 data
3,104,148 people tested (up 60,577 since yesterday)
351,618 positive cases (up 9,879 from yesterday)
4,348 deaths (197 more people since yesterday)
10,893 currently hospitalized with COVID (up 48 from yesterday)
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10 Jul 20
NEW: Texas has topped 3,000 deaths from COVID-19 for the first time. The state is reporting another 95 deaths today, giving Texas 3,013.

Also Texas hit 10,000 active COVID confirmed hospitalizations for the first time.
The state is reporting 10,698 available beds statewide for COVID-19 and 940 available ICU beds. State still has 5,127 ventilators available. All those numbers are way down from a week ago and from earlier this summer.
New Texas COVID-19 data:
2,389,789 people tested (up 76,577 from yesterday)
240,111 positive cases (up 9,765 from yesterday)
3,013 deaths (that's 95 more people than yesterday)
10,002 lab-confirmed COVID hospitalizations (up 313 from yesterday)
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10 Jul 20
The COVID-19 is WAAAY out of hand along the Rio Grande Valley. U.S. Sens. @JohnCornyn @tedcruz Reps @RepGonzalez @RepFilemonVela & @RepCuellar calling for federal help including a new emergency field hospital to deal overcrowded medical facilities.
"Unfortunately, with recent surges in COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks, our health systems have been pushed to their limits,” they say in letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar
“Providers in our region have urgently requested additional staffing and a myriad of medical supplies including oxygen, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and dialysis machines as well as additional facilities to enhance critical care and discharge capacity.”
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