Texas Secures Federal Funding To Keep COVID-19 Testing Centers Open

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June 26, 2020 - 1:30 pm

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott says an increase in hospitalizations and the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 has led him to request federal funding to keep local testing centers open. 

    Coronavirus testing sites will remain up and running throughout the state after the federal government granted Gov. Abbott's request to extend operations of Community Based Testing Sites across Texas. 

    The federal government will maintain support for the program while surging resources to Dallas and Houston in order to support testing needs within the community, according to a release from the Governor's office.

    "The State of Texas remains unwavering in our efforts to secure access to testing in communities across the state," said Governor Abbott. "These federally-supported testing sites are a vital component of this commitment. I thank our federal partners for extending these operations in Texas, and for their flexibility in allocating their resources to the communities of Dallas and Houston that are experiencing a high number of COVID-19 cases right now. By continuing to increase testing and remaining vigilant against outbreaks of COVID-19, we will mitigate the spread of this virus and keep our communities safe."