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Gov. Abbott announces opening of McAllen Convention Center as a health care facility

Governor Greg Abbott announced the opening of the McAllen Convention Center as a health care facility Tuesday.

MCALLEN, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott announced the opening of the McAllen Convention Center as a health care facility Tuesday

The governor said it will be converted to help the region's hospital capacity needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rio Grande Valley region has been hit particularly hard and seen a surge in coronavirus-related deaths in recent weeks. The Governor was by Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd. 

"It is crucial that communities in the Rio Grande Valley are equipped with the resources and support they need in the fight against COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "The temporary health care facility in McAllen is an essential asset to this community and will help expand hospital capacity while we work to mitigate the spread of the virus in the region. As we continue this fight, the State of Texas is working alongside local hospitals and community leaders to reduce the spread of this virus and keep Texans safe here in the Rio Grande Valley and across the state."

This also comes after the governor visited San Antonio earlier Tuesday and announced the state would pay for personal protective equipment for local school districts. He also said funding for the National Guard would be extended through the end of the year.