Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has expanded his ban on elective medical procedures to cover more than 100 counties across the state. Surgeries and other procedures that are not “immediately, medically” necessary, which have already been on hold in many of the state’s large cities and several South Texas counties, are now barred in much of the state. The procedures can still take place in some rural parts of the state, including the Panhandle and South Plains as well as much of North and Northeast Texas, excluding Dallas County. “We are freeing up more resources to address upticks in COVID-19 related cases,” said Gov. Abbott in a statement. Read more.