Department of Defense task forces deployed to help Texas combat COVID-19

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, shown here in March, announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide additional resource to help Texas combat COVID-19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, shown here in March, announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide additional resource to help Texas combat COVID-19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, shown here in March, announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide additional resource to help Texas combat COVID-19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide more resources to Texas to combat the rise of COVID-19.

According to a press release from Abbott's office, the department activated additional U.S. Army Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to help the state fight off the coronavirus pandemic. These teams include medical and support professionals who will help support hospitals statewide.


One task force arrive in the Houston area July 13, and another arrived in San Antonio July 6, the release reads.

Another four, along with a U.S. Navy Acute Care Team and four U.S. Navy Rapid Rural Response teams, will be sent to other locations across the state as identified by ongoing assessments, according to the release.

"Our ongoing partnership with the federal government is crucial to meeting the medical needs of Texas as we combat COVID-19 in our communities," Abbott said in the release. "Texas is grateful to the U.S. Department of Defense as well as President Trump and Vice President Pence for providing these additional resources and for working alongside our communities to keep Texans safe and mitigate the spread of this virus."
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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