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Coronavirus in Texas: Governor Greg Abbott asks for federal help with testing and other antibody treatments

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Governor Greg Abbott is asking for federal help to slow the latest COVID-19 spike in Texas.

The governor said Friday that the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services have requested resources for federally supported testing sites, medical personnel and federal allocations. supplemented with the monoclonal antibody sotrovimab.

Sotrovimab is used to fight the omicron variant of COVID-19 and reduce hospitalizations, but supplies are running low.

Earlier this week, The state’s health department warned that five infusion centers in their area had run out of sotrovimab, which is also the only monoclonal antibody treatment known to be effective against omicrons.

The omicron variant accounts for 90% of new cases in Texas.

The regional infusion center in The Woodlands is among five that have run out of supply.

According to the governor’s office, the state health department also requested that the federal government continue to provide Texas Regeneron and bamlanivimab, monoclonal antibody treatments for other strains of COVID-19.

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The state said it is seeking support for testing sites in the following counties based on COVID-19 metrics such as positivity rates and hospitalizations: Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo and Tarrant.

In Houston alone, two locations have reopened as major COVID testing sites, Delmar Stadium and Minute Maid Park.

The trial is free at both locations, but you’ll have to schedule an appointment as both are seeing overwhelming demand.

On Thursday, at the Minute Maid Park site, 1,018 people were tested, but more than 2,600 appointments were scheduled.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will visit the site Friday afternoon and will be attended by local health officials. You can stream his comment in the video player above at 1pm

  • To schedule an appointment at Delmar Stadium: Go to Online healing or call 1-888-702-9042. It is closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Otherwise, it will be open daily from 8 am to 6 pm
  • To make an appointment at Minute Maid Park, Lot C: Visit My Covid Appointment website or call 833-213-0643. It will operate Saturday to Wednesday from 8am to 4pm and Thursday and Friday from 12pm to 8pm. This place is scheduled to open on New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve is 8 am to 4 pm

As for healthcare workers, the state said it needs three groups to provide additional support to urban-area hospitals that do not yet have contracted staff with the State Department of Health Services.

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If you want to check in Houston and surrounding areas, there are many locations, and you can also go to CVS Health and Walgreens locations. Remember that COVID testing is free, but you should always call ahead to verify availability, coverage, or make an appointment if needed.

The Texas Tribune contributed to this report.

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