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Major General Tracy Norris, with the National Guard, speaks to the media during a news conference on coronavirus last month.
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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is activating the Texas National Guard in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the state, which had at least 76 positive cases as of Tuesday. While there is no need to deploy troops yet, he said, Guard members will be standing ready.