Governor: Parallel approach to COVID-19, flu will be key in reducing cases

Gov. Greg Abbott held a roundtable in North Texas to discuss the state’s approach to flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor was joined by medical experts, state legislators and state agency leaders.

During the roundtable, the leaders focused on the importance of flu vaccines and discussed proactive strategies the state can use to mitigate the spread of both COVID-19 and the flu. The leaders also discussed ways to increase the amount of COVID-19 and flu testing in light of the upcoming flu season, and the need for more personal protective equipment to combat both COVID-19 and the flu.

The governor said a simultaneous, parallel approach to both COVID-19 and the flu will be key in the state’s efforts to protecting public health and reducing the number of active cases and hospitalizations.

Abbott also provided an update on the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19. The governor noted that COVID-19 numbers are improving in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, citing a downward trend in hospitalizations and positivity rate, but urged Texans to remain vigilant against the virus by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, avoiding group gatherings and using sanitation strategies that will continue to spur a downtrend in COVID-19 cases.

“As we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and prepare for the upcoming flu season, Texans must remain vigilant in our collective efforts to maintain infection control,” Abbott said. “The State of Texas is working closely with medical experts, state legislators and state agency heads to develop proactive strategies that will reduce the spread of the flu in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that every Texan continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, avoid group gatherings and frequently sanitize their hands. These best practices will aid in our efforts to reduce the spread of both COVID-19 and the flu.”

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