GOP Texas Governor Calls for Federal Help to Help with COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

Governor of Texas Greg AbbottGreg Abbott Eleven Interesting Races to Watch in 2022 Federal Judge Blocks Mask and Vaccine Warrants for Texas Head Start Program 2021 Best Political Celebrity Moments MORE (R) announced on Friday that the state has requested federal assistance to help with COVID-19 testing and treatment amid an increase in cases.

The Texas Emergency Management Division and the Texas Department of Health Services (DSHS) have called for federal resources to support testing centers, medical staff and more monoclonal antibody treatments.

Abbott, who has been a major opponent of the COVID-19 vaccination warrants, said in A declaration that Texas “urge the federal government to step up this fight and provide the necessary resources to help protect Texans.”

“The testing sites, additional medical staff and continued shipments of therapeutic products from the federal government will help us continue to save lives and mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” he said. “Detecting COVID-19 and preventing COVID-related hospitalizations are essential to our fight against this virus. “

State specifically requests testing sites in Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo and Tarrant counties based on COVID-19 measures, including positivity rates and hospitalizations, and requests more supplies of the treatment by sotrovimab monoclonal antibody.

As of Sunday afternoon, Harris County had the fifth most confirmed COVID-19 case in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. coronavirus resource center.

Additionally, Texas has asked three teams of medical personnel to assist in hospitals in urban areas that do not have staff under contract with the DSHS and called on the federal government to continue to provide Regeneron and bamlanivimab monoclonal antibody treatments.

The requests come after the Texas Board of Health and Human Services revealed last week that the state was running low on its supply of sotrovimab, which has been shown to be effective in fighting the omicron variant. Omicron strain causes nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases.

The state said infusion centers would not be able to provide treatment until “federal authorities ship additional courses of sotrovimab to Texas in January.”

Abbott said last week that although President BidenJoe Biden Kentucky Governor declares state of emergency after powerful storm Seven most vulnerable governors to be re-elected in 2022 At least 20 states to raise minimum wage from Saturday MORE “Throws in full federal support to help states fight COVID,” in reality, “it’s not.”

“Biden is piling up the anti-body therapeutic drugs and denying states independent access to this medical treatment. Now he has stopped supplying these drugs to Texas,” he added.

Texas is currently experiencing a peak in coronavirus cases. At the end of December, the state was reporting more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus per day, up from around 4,000 new daily COVID-19 infections in November, according to the state report. COVID-19 Dashboard.

Biden last month announced new efforts to protect Americans and strengthen communities and hospitals amid the spread of omicron.

The state of Texas made headlines on Friday after a federal judge blocked warrants for masks and vaccines in the state’s Head Start program. Abbott, in a tweet after the decision said, “Texas just beat Biden again.”

Abbott issued a Executive Decree in October, banning the implementation of immunization mandates in the state after Biden announced a series of federal mandates for healthcare workers, large employers and federal contractors.

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