The Fight for Testing as Governor Opens Texas
Governor Abbott announced this week that he would allow his stay at home order to expire on Thursday, April 30, 2020. He also announced a limited reopening of Texas malls, stores, movie theaters and restaurants on Friday — with 25% occupancy.
While there has been much debate on whether Texas was ready for this move, one thing that is abundantly clear – more testing is needed. We need to test a larger percentage of the state’s population to better understand where the virus is lingering, isolate those who test positive, track down their contacts and order those people to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
That is why I have written a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to petition for more tests to be made available to cities surrounding the city of Dallas. The DHHS is partnering with Walgreens to offer rapid, 15-minute drive-through testing for COVID-19 in several states, including Texas. Dallas is home to two federal Community-Based Testing Sites, however, we need to ensure that residents in bordering towns have access to testing capabilities. I have suggested Walgreens locations across HD-113, including Rowlett, Garland, Mesquite and Seagoville. Walgreens senior executives and the mayors of the cities mentioned are all on board. Once we receive confirmation from DHHS, we will work with community leaders and local media to inform the public.
Current COVID-19 Testing Locations
For information about testing, call your doctor and/or access care the way you usually do. If you need help finding a doctor or accessing medical care, call 2‑1‑1 and they can direct you to low- or no-cost providers in your area.
There are public screening sites available statewide, in‑person and at drive‑through locations. Click the link below to view the map of all sites to find the closest one to you. Check your location’s hours and referral requirements before your visit:
TX COVID-19 Test Collection Sites (https://bit.ly/2VKtQMW)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
We continue to see new infections and deaths due to the virus. With businesses slowly beginning to reopen, I am hopeful that we will not see a spike in cases. As of 05/01/2020, the numbers of coronavirus infections are*: