TEXAS – Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday that he has waived certain medical regulations to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the regulations being waived are:

  • Nurses able to practice without certain educational restrictions
  • Retired nurses, expired certifications able to practice
  • Non-life-threatening surgeries should be postponed
  • More than one patient allowed in a hospital room

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The Texas governor also called on the federal government to provide medical necessities.

Abbott said he is also working to create more resources like food and daycare services for health care providers.

In regards to his original executive order, penalties do apply with fines up to $1,000, jail time or mandated quarantines.

The National Guard will be deployed to help health care providers as well.

For the latest information from the CDC go here.