The city of San Saba and the San Saba County Sheriff's Office agreed that they won’t be enforcing Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask order, but the county is one of few in Central Texas that's excempt because of the small number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
At least 84 Texas state prisoners have died after contracting the coronavirus, including men who were serving short sentences or set to soon go home. As the death count rose, advocates unsuccessfully called on the governor and parole board for early release.
For busier-than-normal first responders, fireworks-related calls over the holiday weekend in Central Texas included a mother and baby who were flown to a burn center and barrels of hay that were destroyed by fire.
Local officials and experts in multiple cities state-wide have expressed concerns that increasing Coronavirus patients could overwhelm hospital intensive care units in a matter of weeks. Karen Percell, executive director of quality management at AdventHealth, says the situation is rapidly evolving and they’re keeping a close eye on it.
A Texas congresswoman and 87 members of Congress are supporting an independent review of Fort Hood’s handling of the case of a 20-year-old soldier who was found dead more than two months after she disappeared.