Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that six of the state’s 10 public health labs can now test for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
“The remaining will be online by the end of this month,” Abbott said. “Once the other public health labs in the state complete the testing validation process and begin testing, the state public health lab network will be able to process more than 125 COVID-19 tests per day.”
With limited capacity, test kits are a precious resource, said Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. He said doctors can determine whether patients need to be tested.