Governor's Press Releases
Updated: 7 hours 51 min ago
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the creation of a state-of-the-art Ebola treatment and infectious disease bio containment facility in North Texas. Creation of such facilities was among the first recommendations made by the governor's recently named Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response in order to better protect health care workers and the public from the spread of pandemic diseases.
"With guarded optimism we welcome the news that 43 Texans have been removed from active monitoring for Ebola. Continuous vigilance in confronting this threat and the cooperation of those affected is what has brought us to this point, and we look forward to the day when the remaining individuals can also be removed from active monitoring."
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the first recommendations issued by the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. Gov. Perry created the task force, headed by Dr. Brett P. Giroir, earlier this month to assess the state's readiness and ability to respond to Ebola and other infectious diseases.
"This is the first time that our nation has had to deal with a threat such as this. Everyone working on this challenge - from the medical professionals at the bedside to the public health officials addressing containment of the infection - is working to end the threat posed by this disease. These individuals are keeping the health and safety of Texans and the needs of the patients as their most critical tasks. Every relevant agency at the local, state and national levels is working to support these individuals."
The Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response will hold its first hearing at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The hearing will focus on medical and public health preparedness for initial identification and isolation of patients with Ebola or similar high-consequence infectious diseases, a topic that is included in one of seven initial areas of focus identified by the Task Force.
Gov. Rick Perry will be in Europe this week for an economic development trip that will take him to England, Germany, Poland and Ukraine. The governor will start the week in London with a speech on Tuesday at the Royal United Services Institute. In addition to holding business meetings in each country, the governor will explore opportunities to expand the export of liquefied natural gas from Texas to Poland and Ukraine.
Gov. Rick Perry today visited U.S. Army troops preparing to deploy to the West African nation of Liberia to help combat the spread of Ebola. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control calls this epidemic in West Africa the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
A day after announcing the creation of a new task force aimed at combatting infectious disease, Gov. Rick Perry today toured the Galveston National Laboratory at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. On the tour, the governor received an overview of the work the lab is conducting to better understand and respond to pandemic disease. The facility is one of two National Biocontainment Laboratories in the United States and studies infectious diseases such as Ebola.
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the creation of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, which will assess and enhance the state's existing capabilities to prepare for and respond to pandemic disease, such as the Ebola virus. The governor named Dr. Brett P. Giroir as director of the task force, heading up a team of internationally renowned experts in epidemiology and infectious disease.
Gov. Rick Perry today joined state and local health officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to inform the public of the measures being taken to guard the public's health following the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States.
A special state search team, trained in rescue and recovery operations and ordered by Gov. Rick Perry to assist Brooks County with locating human remains of suspected illegal immigrants, is also saving lives during its mission.
Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement in recognition of Rosh Hashanah:
Gov. Rick Perry today helped break ground on the SpaceX Commercial Launch Facility located near Boca Chica Beach, which will launch commercial satellites into orbit.
Gov. Rick Perry today participated in the site dedication for the Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Facility, part of the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (Texas A&M CIADM). This $91 million, state-of-the-art influenza-vaccine manufacturing facility, a partnership between Texas A&M University and GlaxoSmithKline, will help protect against infectious disease and the threat of bioterrorism.
Gov. Rick Perry today helped dedicate a statue in honor of the late Tim Cole, who was wrongfully convicted of rape and died in prison in 1999. Cole was granted a pardon for innocence by Gov. Perry in 2010.
"I read with interest and concern your comments regarding border security on the week of September 11, which called Texas' increased law enforcement presence on the border "unpleasant" and "reprehensible." As neighbors and economic partners, Mexico and the United States are inextricably bound by shared interests and culture. As friends we might not always agree, but we must have an honest and respectful dialogue about the challenges we share, which is why I write to you today."
"The memory of those murdered on September 11, 2001 is etched forever in the heart of a tolerant and freedom-loving nation still sickened by the atrocities committed on that terrible day. The recent murders by extremists of two brave American journalists are vivid reminders that we still face an enemy capable of senseless and profoundly evil acts."
The Texas Military Forces (TMF) report the first group of Texas National Guard (TXNG) soldiers and airmen have arrived along the Texas-Mexico border to take up observational posts in support of the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Operation Strong Safety.
Gov. Rick Perry spent his first full day in Beijing promoting Texas' world-class business climate and economic opportunities at an Invest in Texas forum and in meetings with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. The governor is leading an economic development delegation of state and business leaders in Beijing before participating in the World Economic Forum in Tianjin later this week.
Gov. Perry is in Tokyo promoting stronger economic ties between Texas and Japan. Japan is already one of Texas' largest trading partners and Gov. Perry told members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan today there is room for that partnership to grow.