The Trump administration is reversing its decision to chop federal support for five drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in Texas this month after a proper request from Gov. Greg Abbott and criticism from Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
Texas is engaging with quickly growing coronavirus reports in different sections of the republic. The number of people hospitalized with the virus and the percentage of positive test results are both climbings, signaling the severity of the situation.
“I appreciate our governmental associates for continuing these services in Texas, and for his or her adaptability in designating their supplies to the neighborhoods of Dallas and Houston that are undergoing a tremendous number of COVID-19 cases rapidly,” Abbott stated during a report.
Federal coronavirus testing czar Brett Giroir said HHS continues funding the Texas sites for two weeks past the previously announced June 30 cutoff. What happens after that point not clear.
“We will continue closely monitor COVID-19 diagnoses and assess the need for further federal support of these sites as we approach the extension date,” Giroir said.
HHS spokesperson Mia Heck declared Texas only demanded an increase for five of the seven drive-thru testing localities that are still getting central assistance. The federal government set to end funding in late June for six spots spread across four other states: Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, Abbott announced an administrative command defining optional operations in four provinces to save pallets for coronavirus sufferers. And on Friday, he announced a series of steps including the closure of bars apart from takeout and delivery and limitations on most outdoor gatherings of quite 100 people.
Giroir earlier within the week told reporters ending federal funding for the seven Texas sites would be inconsequential. He said the action was long-planned and that the state could use CARES Act money to operate the sites.
But Cornyn and Cruz addressed to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor Thursday demanding that the government reverse the decision, citing the rise in crises.
Keep an eye fixed on the four other states with federally supported testing sites that also have funding set to finish June 30.