Select Walgreens pharmacies in Texas will soon begin drive-thru coronavirus testing, with the ability to administer around 3,000 tests per day, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says.
The tests Walgreens will use will come from Abbott Laboratories, which can provide results in 15 minutes, Abbott said at a Wednesday press conference.
COVID-19 tests in the early stages of the pandemic in Texas were primarily distributed by the federal government, Abbott said. However, now the majority of tests are administered at drive-thru testing sites, hospitals and through other private entities.
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The governor said more than 96,000 Texas residents had been tested for COVID-19, with 9,107 testing positive for the virus. He said as of Wednesday, 1,491 people were hospitalized due to coronavirus.
Tuesday, the state saw its highest number of new positive tests and deaths from COVID-19, Abbott said. One hundred seventy-five Texans have now died from the new coronavirus.
Abbott and Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services both reemphasized the need for people to continue to practice social distancing measures and to wear cloth face masks when they go to a place in which it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of separation.