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States Respond to COVID-19: Elective Surgery Suspension, Public Health Efforts

On June 30, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott (R) issued a proclamation to suspend elective surgeries in four counties, making room for another surge in COVID-19 cases.

Under this order, all hospitals in Cameron, Hidalgo, Nueces, and Webb counties are required to postpone all procedures not medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient. The state determined hospitalizations are likely to increase with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in these counties. The order allows Abbott to add or remove counties that need to suspend procedures, giving the state flexibility to respond in future surges.

Maine Approves COVID-19 Grants to Municipalities

On June 26, Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) announced the state approved almost $9 million in grant funding to 100 municipalities to support local COVID-19 public health, education, and prevention efforts.

The grants, supported through federal funding, are awarded under the Keep Maine Healthy Plan; the plan includes a total of $13 million in coronavirus relief funds available under the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Municipalities submitted their plans for keeping Maine constituents and visitors healthy through public education activities, physical distancing, public health support, or local business assistance. The funding is slated for distribution on a reimbursement basis as communities implement these programs.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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