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President Trump says he will suspend immigration over COVID-19 concerns

APRIL 20 9:30 p.m. — In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.

Trump said the order will be put in place in order to Houston News protect the jobs of American citizens.

It's not clear when the order will be signed or how long it will remain in effect.

APRIL 20 9:06 p.m. — On Monday, The Buckingham retirement community reported its second resident death related to COVID-19.


Two more staff members also tested positive.

There are currently seven residents and 13 staff members with the virus.

APRIL 20 7:06 p.m. — On Monday, The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported that there are 215 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 468 offenders who have tested positive.

There are 15,218 offenders on medical restriction who may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.

APRIL 20 6:15 p.m. — Galveston County reported 13 new cases, bringing the county's number to 468 positive COVID-19 cases. Fifteen people have recovered.

The county also reported two additional deaths.

A female, age range 81-90, passed away April 19. She had pre-existing medical conditions.
A male, age range 91 and older, passed away April 19. He had pre-existing medical conditions.
APRIL 20 6:04 p.m. — Walker County reported they now have 114 positive COVID-19 cases and 14 people have recovered.

Washington County reported they now have 68 cases, six recoveries and one death related to COVID-19.

Wharton County reported they now have 36 cases and 14 recoveries.

APRIL 20 5:31 p.m. — Brazoria County opens a free testing site at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds located at 901 S. Downing Street in Angleton.

Prescreening is required before going to the testing site.

The number to call for your screening is 281.824.1480.

Click here to see other testing sites in the Houston area.

APRIL 20 4:03 p.m. — During his daily briefing on the city's COVID-19 response, Mayor Turner said the virus is having a major impact on every facet of the city government.

He said all five cadet classes have been deferred and city employees have been furloughed. Even payments to the Houston zoo will be deferred, Mayor Turner said. 

Mayor Turner says the city faces its worst budget in history.

APRIL 20 3:11 p.m. — Mayor Turner announced Marvin Odum will serve as Houston's COVID-19 recovery leader.

Odum previously served as Shell's chairman and president and as an executive committee member of Royal Dutch Shell. He also held the role of Chief Recovery Officer during Hurricane Harvey.

Odum will be working alongside Harris County's COVID-19 Recovery Czar Texas Representative Armando Walle to devise a plan to safely move our region Press Release Distribution Service In Houston forward. Read more on Marvin Odum.

Mayor Turner also reported an additional 107 new cases, bringing the city's total to 2,993.

APRIL 20 1:46 p.m. — Oil prices plunged below zero as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

APRIL 20 1:16 p.m. — Stocks are slipping in afternoon trading on Wall Street, as the price of oil cratered to historic lows today, cheaper than bottled water.

The S&P 500 was down 0.8%, as of 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, after wavering between sharper and milder losses. But the market’s most dramatic action was in oil, where benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery plummeted to a record low below $1.50 per barrel, a 90% drop in just one day. Read more here.

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