Gov. Abbott to activate Texas National Guard; updated Texas coronavirus numbers

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is activating the Texas National Guard to help with the state's response to coronavirus, but "no National Guard need to be deployed at this time."

Abbott made the announcement at the State Operations Center in Austin, at the start of a video conference with Texas hospitals.

Abbott said as of today, Texas is up to 64 confirmed cases of coronavirus across 19 counties. He also mentioned the state's first coronavirus-related death, involving a man in his 90s in Matagorda County. 

"As of this moment," Abbott said, 1,264 Texans have been tested. "That number will continue to increase dramatically," he added. 

Abbott reiterated that he's confident Texas will be able to test 10,000 people per week by the end of this week. 

According to the CDC, updated numbers for the U.S. are 4,226 cases with 75 deaths.