Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a “state disaster” related to COVID-19. Only moments ago, Governor Abbott gave a public statement outlining strategies for dealing with the outbreak in Texas.
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In his press conference, Governor Abbott announced that AT&T is waiving internet data usage fees for customers who do not have unlimited use, as a way to support internet use for people working from home and for students who will be working online.
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The Texas governor also announced the first drive-thru COVID-19 testing that will open in San Atonio, TX. Abbott clarified that first responders, health care workers, and high-risk patients will get first priority.
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Texas Tribune – Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday declared that the new coronavirus is a statewide public health disaster said that Texas is on the verge of being able to significantly ramp up its testing capacity.
At the same time, he announced that he was directing daycares, nursing homes and prisons to limit visitations.
He said San Antonio is opening on Friday the first state drive-through with testing capabilities that will initially prioritize health care workers and high-risk patients.
Abbott also finally clarified the state’s testing history so far and current capabilities. In total, he said there have been 220 Texans tested by either a state public lab or by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are another 75 Texans being tested currently.
On Friday, the state’s testing capacity was 272 people per day, but he said next week that capacity will expand into the thousands.