Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Tex.) on Monday, Aug. 9, announced new strategies to handle the COVID-19 surge in the state.

According to his Monday press release preparing for the healthcare system in the state was among the first steps Abbott took,

The governor decided to seek out-of-state medical personnel to join Texas health care facilities and assist in COVID-19 operations. He entrusted the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to help with the process.

He also wanted hospitals in the Lone Star State to “voluntarily postpone medical procedures for which delay will not result in loss of life or a deterioration in the patient’s condition.” Abbott said he had written a letter to ask the Texas Hospital Association to help him fulfill the task.  

According to Texas Tribune, his move was less rigorous than last summer, when he banned elective surgeries in over 100 counties until September.

Pushing vaccination was also a part of his plan. The Governor had always trusted the shots as a critical defense against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. On Monday, Texas reported 45.74% of its residents were fully vaccinated.

“The Governor is also directing TDEM and DSHS to increase vaccination availability across the state and encourages all Texans to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” the statement read.

“Texans can help bolster our efforts by getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and it is our best defense against this virus,” the Republican governor wrote.

Abbotts’ new strategies did not mention any mask or vaccination mandate. Instead, he signed an executive order declaring that Texas would leave the options down to personal references In late July.

The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker revealed that Texas had a 7-day average of new CCP Virus infections of 12,355 cases, with 7-day average fatalities standing at 47.  

The state also reported thousands of CCP Virus positive illegal migrants were released into its territory, but it is unclear whether they contributed to the substantial figure.