Governor Greg Abbott is seeking federal assistance to fight off a new wave of COVID-19 cases across the state.
On Friday, Abbott announced that the state, through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requested resources for federally-supported testing locations, medical personnel and additional federal allocations of monoclonal antibodies.
The state has requested testing sites for Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo and Tarrant counties based on current COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations.
In addition, DSHS has requested additional allocations of the monoclonal antibody sotrovimab, which is the only antibody treatment considered effective against the omicron variant. It is also asking for more shipments of Regeneron and bamlanivimab, antibody treatments for other strains of COVID-19.
The state is also asking for medical personnel to support hospitals in urban areas that do not have DSHS-contracted staff.
Abbott said the state is “urging the federal government to step up in this fight and provide the resources necessary to help protect Texans.”