Governor says Texas ‘beginning to slow’ the spread of virus

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Two Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper vehicles sit next to a welcome sign Monday, March 30, 2020, in Orange, Texas, near the Louisiana state border. Texas is ratcheting up restrictions on neighboring Louisiana, one of the growing hot spots for the coronavirus in the U.S. Just two days after Texas began requiring airline passengers from New Orleans to comply with a two-week quarantine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said state troopers will now also patrol highway entry points at the Louisiana border. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Governor Greg Abbott is expressing optimism Texas is seeing signs of slowing the coronavirus outbreak. But the Republican warned Friday that the number of deaths was not yet showing signs of leveling off. Texas now has more than 11,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and more than 220 related deaths. He said the number of hospitalizations statewide has remained flat for several days, even as Texas continues to expand the number of tests.