AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – On December 31 Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), has requested resources for more federally-supported COVID testing locations, medical personnel and federal allocations of monoclonal antibodies.

“Detecting COVID-19 and preventing COVID-related hospitalizations are critical to our fight against this virus,” Abbott said in a release. “While the Biden administration has cut supplies of monoclonal antibody treatments and testing kits when they are needed most, the State of Texas is urging the federal government to step up in this fight and provide the resources necessary to help protect Texans.”

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Texas has requested support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for testing sites in the following counties based on current COVID-19 metrics, including positivity rate and hospitalizations:

  • Dallas
  • Tarrant
  • Bexar
  • Cameron
  • Harris
  • Hidalgo

The governor’s office says the additional testing capability will help in identifying people with COVID, including the Omicron variant, and help prevent and reduce further transmission.

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DSHS also has requested additional allocations of sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody therapeutic that is proven to be effective in fighting the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and reducing hospitalizations.

The agency also requested that the federal government continue to supply the State of Texas with Regeneron and bamlanivimab, monoclonal antibody treatments for other strains of COVID.

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DSHS has also requested three teams of medical personnel to provide additional support to hospitals in urban areas of the state that do not have DSHS-contracted staff. Staff