GOV ABBOTT: Backlog Of Thousands Of Covid-19 Tests In Texas Resolved

Aug 20, 2020

Credit Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TEXAS COVID BACKLOGS -  Texas  Governor  Greg Abbott  says the issues that led to a state backlog of COVID-19 cases have been resolved.  The Texas Department of State Health Services has been informing local officials about thousands of previously unreported positive cases. Abbott said there were several reasons the data was delayed.

"One is that the capabilities of the Department of State Health Services were limited to accepting no more than 45,000 test cases per day," explained Abbott.  "They have worked with a team to make sure that was increased 4 or 5 fold." 

Abbott  added he expects more backlogged cases to be reported over the next few days.

Health officials have asked The University of Texas to reconsider allowing fans in stadiums at the start of football season.
Credit Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TEXAS FOOTBALL COVID CONCERNS - The  Austin-Travis County Health Authority is urging the University of Texas to reconsider its plan to host football games at 25 percent  stadium  capacity  starting next month. Doctor Mark Escott  says  the season should kick off with  ONLY  the teams  and then gradually introduce fans after proving  the games aren't spreading  COVID-19.

"Packing 25 thousand people even into a 100 thousand seat stadium introduces a lot of risk," Escott explained.  "Not only to the people who are there but to the community as well."

The Longhorn's home opener against the University of Texas at El Paso is set for September 12th