Texas Gov. Abbott Asks Biden for Help With COVID Testing, Antibody Treatments
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 4 weeks ago • 207 comments
By: By Frank Heinz
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (CNBC)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is asking the Biden Administration for help managing the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in Texas.
Abbott on Friday released a statement saying the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requested resources for federally-supported testing locations in Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo, and Tarrant counties.
The governor said the state health department has also requested three teams of medical personnel to provide additional support to hospitals in urban areas of the state that do not have DSHS-contracted staff as well as additional allocations of monoclonal antibody treatments to fight the omicron variant and other variants of the virus.
"Detecting COVID-19 and preventing COVID-related hospitalizations are critical to our fight against this virus," said Abbott in a prepared statement. "Testing sites, additional medical staff, and continued shipments of therapeutics from the federal government will help us continue to save lives and mitigate the spread of COVID-19."
COVID Cases Rising Across DFW, Texas
In the last week, the number of new cases of COVID-19 has skyrocketed across the state while hospitalizations in DFW have doubled. The molecular positivity rate reported by the state health department on Thursday was at an all-time high since the pandemic began nearly two years ago.
On Tuesday, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas reported its patient load doubled in just four days. The hospital said staff is preparing to open two more COVID-19 wards by the end of this week.
Dr. Joseph Chang, chief medical officer at Parkland, said most of the COVID-19 patients ending up in the hospital are unvaccinated.