AUSTIN – Gov. Gregg Abbott and officials with the Department of State Health Services will give an update on the state’s testing capabilities for the new coronavirus.
The press conference will be held at 2 p.m. in Austin.
The Houston Health Department laboratory announced Wednesday that it will now conduct COVID-19 testing for cases that meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria.
Results from specimens collected by medical providers from suspected cases are expected to arrive in Houston for testing within 24 hours.
Currently, the Houston Health Department lab has one testing kit with the capacity to test approximately 350 patients. If a test comes back positive, that test would be sent to the CDC lab for further confirmation, but local testing is considered actionable.
The CDC said it will send more testing kits if needed.
KPRC 2 is expected to stream the 2 p.m. press conference live.
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