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Governor: Travel to affected area is no longer criteria for COVID-19 testing

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 15:56:28-04

Governor Greg Abbott said that travel to an affected area is no longer a criteria for coronavirus testing.

The governor said that their first priority is to identify health care providers that could have been exposed to COVID-19. Throughout the press conference, Abbott continued the stress that the state is taking measures to prevent a health care worker shortage.

He said the state's second priority is the elderly. In today's press conference in Texas and the press conference from the White House, the key message was protect the elderly during this outbreak.

Then, the governor said they are looking at patients with severe symptoms that align with COVID-19. These patients have been tested for other possible illnesses and failed those tests.

Abbott said they want to test as many people as possible, but they do not want to test people with no symptoms.

During the press conference, the governor continued to warn against stockpiling products. In last week's press conference, he made the same statement. Yet, over the weekend H-E-B limited their hours due to panic-buying.

They also presented a video about the drive-thru testing facility in San Antonio. As of the press conference, there were 57 reported cases in Texas.

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