Abbott: Texas can now test for coronavirus

Public health labs across Texas will test for COVID-19

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday the state now has the ability to test for the coronavirus.

Abbott made the announcement in a news conference with Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt.

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Abbott said tests can be conducted at 10 public health labs throughout the state that are part of the Centers for Disease Control’s “Laboratory Response Network.”

The labs are in Lubbock, Forth Worth, Dallas, Tyler, El Paso, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Harlingen.

So far, the labs in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Lubbock, El Paso and Forth Worth are already operational, Abbott said. The others will begin to test for the virus by the end of the month.

A San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Officials said their lab just received the kits, which needs two to three weeks to validate.

When all the labs receive the validation necessary to test for the virus, the state will be able to process more than 125 COVID-19 tests a day, Abbott said. The test consists of a nasal and oral swab.

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