Coronavirus In Texas: Gov. Abbott Says 80% Of Unemployment Claims Paid; Continuing To Open Texas
For the more than 1 million Texans who have lost their jobs, Abbott said 1,579,000 unemployment claims were filed in Texas, and $1.4 billion was paid out on those claims.
AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – The volatile oil and gas markets, along with the job sector were tops on Governor Greg Abbott’s latest update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The fact of the matter is we have a flood of supply and a dry-up of demand,” said Abbott. “Some of the strategies that the president has either done or is working on is, for one, working to try to forge some type of compromise between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Another strategy is the possibility of using these strategic reserves as a potential purchasing entity or in-flow for some of the excess supply.”
Abbott touched on what he called the “bigger picture” of the nation becoming more energy independent. He stressed the need for Texas to have the ability to maintain the robust energy oil and gas production infrastructure it currently has.
For the more than 1 million Texans who have lost their jobs, Abbott said 1,579,000 unemployment claims were filed in Texas, and $1.4 billion was paid out on those claims, meaning so far, 80% of all claims were paid.
As for the remaining 20%, they “will be addressed very quickly because of the increased staff, new strategies and longer hours that the Texas Work Force Commission is using to make sure that they are going to be able to very swiftly address all of the unemployment claims that people have filed.”
The governor had positive news to share about testing, saying “our testing strategy is effective in doing the primary thing that it must do, and that is to give the state and local communities a snapshot about the extent to which COVID-19 is expanding or contracting in the State of Texas. And because those who are testing positive remains about the same percentage as they have been all along, it shows there has been no meaningful outbreak.”
Abbott also said the Texas National Guard is mobilizing more than 1,200 personnel, as part of the COVID-19 mobile testing teams covering the state. There are 25 teams, which when fully deployed they will have the capability to collectively test about 3,500 patients per day.
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