The past week has been filled with press conferences with Texas Governor Greg Abbott about his reopening plan for the state. His Tuesday announcement revealed that Abbott is aware of the decreased number of IHME-predicted COVID-19 cases in Texas and he believes Texas cases are finally "leveling off" as he reopens the state.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, or IHME, is a global health research organization that is tracking and forecasting the number of cases of COVID-19 that Texas will have in the near future.

The forecast previously predicted around 6000 deaths in Texas by August 4, 2020. As time has gone on, the number has dropped to a predicted 1166 deaths.

In Tuesday's press conference, Greg Abbott stated that the number of positive cases in the state is actually flattening the curve as it has consistently stayed under 1000 new cases a day for the past 12 days.

He shared that the last time cases peaked over 1000 a day was on April 10.

Abbott continued on his statement saying that numbers aren't better than predicted because “COVID-19 is suddenly dispersed from the geography of the state of Texas,” but because “Texans have done such a great job of reducing their interactions with others.”

The Texas governor has been eager to get the state open back up, but will only do so in a slow, multiple-step plan that started this week.

State parks have opened back up, medical surgeries are now being allowed again, and retail spaces can now reopen for pick-up orders starting on Friday, April 24.

Schools will continue to be closed throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to continue the prevention of the spread of disease.

Abbott had a lot more changes for Texans to look forward to listed out in the first reveal of his plan, as well.

He also announced that another press conference will take place on April 27 to further explain his plan to reopen the state.

Abbott took to Twitter following his Tuesday press conference to say "Texas is about to open up for business. And there are nearly half a million jobs waiting to be filled. We'll get back to work ASAP... ...& we will do it safely."

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