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McLennan County lowers testing goal to 100 per day following decreased infection rate

Posted at 6:43 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 20:07:40-04

McLennan County has seen a decrease in COVID-19 infection rates over the last few weeks. Health officials credit the community for their efforts to follow the safety guidelines.

Because of low infection rates, McLennan County's goal to perform 300 tests a day was dropped to 100 a day.

"We want to keep businesses open. We want to keep our communities open, and in order to do that, we need to make sure we don't have a surge in outbreaks again," said Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Doctor John Snider.

Contact spread is another huge focus point in McLennan County.

Infectious disease epidemiologist Lacey Sanders with the Waco-McLennan County Heath District says they've been busy making sure anyone who has come in contact with someone who is positive is placed on a two week quarantine while they monitor their health.

"Whenever you think of disease spread, our job as epidemiologists is to stop that spread. If we didn't have cooperation from people, with answering our questions and giving us their contacts, we wouldn't have nearly the success that we've had," said Sanders.