AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday the state now has the capacity to test for COVID-19.

Six public health labs within Texas’ Laboratory Response Network are now equipped to perform COVID-19 testing, with the remaining four being fully equipped in the coming days.

Texas lab (credit: Office of the Governor).

“The state of Texas continues to build on our existing capabilities to protect public health and safeguard our communities against the coronavirus,” said Governor Abbott. “With six of Texas’ public health labs now equipped to test for the coronavirus, and the remaining four soon to follow, our state is better positioned to confront and mitigate any potential spread of this virus. The risk to Texans remains low, and I ask that communities across the state continue to heed the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials.”

Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday the state now has the capacity to test for COVID-19. (credit: Office of the Governor)

The Laboratory Response Network exists to provide laboratory diagnostics and maintain the capacity to respond to biological and chemical threats and other public health emergencies.

The six public health labs within the network that are equipped to perform COVID-19 tests include Austin, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth and Lubbock.

The remaining four labs in the network will be equipped with testing capabilities in the coming days: Tyler, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Harlingen.

The state public health lab network will be able to test over 125 patients per day once the entire network is equipped.

The ability to provide testing in Texas will help shorten the time for healthcare providers to receive test results and public health officials to take appropriate steps.

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