Grassroots Texans represented by a North Texas law firm filed a lawsuit this week against Gov. Greg Abbott for banning those in nursing homes from being with their loved ones. These bans in his coronavirus-related mandates have caused nursing home residents and their loved ones pain and anguish.

On March 9 of this year, in response to the coronavirus, Abbott issued a mandate banning Texans in nursing homes from being with their loved ones. The reason given was to protect those in nursing homes from the virus. In the case of Marcy Renneberg’s father, he caught the virus anyway and later died from a heart attack. Marcy now worries about her mother, who remains in the nursing home and isn’t eating well.

Abbott’s ban also isolated Carol Waggoner from her 80-year-old husband, who is in a nursing home. Neither are in the best of health, and Carol wants to be with her husband again before either of them dies.

There are other similar stories of pain caused by nursing home mandates.

On September 10, Attorney Warren Norred, of Norred Law Firm in Arlington, announced he had filed a lawsuit against Gov. Abbott for the ban. Renneberg is one of the plaintiffs listed.

“This suit comes after literally losing potential plaintiffs through death resulting from the separation of nursing home residents from the people who were caring for them,” Norred wrote. “It would be one thing if the rules were even effective, but our clients have watched delivery drivers have their temperature checked and then waltz into nursing homes and drop off vending supplies.”

Concerned Texans are encouraged to contact their state representative, state senator, and Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.