Texas expanded their COVID-19 rapid testing program last week, dedicating 1 million rapid tests for front line workers at small businesses.
This program, the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program, provides local chambers of commerce with testing supplies to be given to small businesses participating in the program, a news release from Gov. Greg Abbott’s website stated. Small businesses then can administer the tests to participating employees.
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The program is based on the framework for the rapid testing pilot program used for Texas schools in October, providing rapid testing for teachers, students and staff across Texas, the release detailed.
“The small business rapid testing program is protecting the safety of small business owners, their employees, and Texas consumers as we continue to combat COVID-19,” Abbott said. “By expanding this effective strategy, it will help us further detect and mitigate this virus so we can keep Texas safely open for business.”
Small businesses wishing to participate in the program can contact their local chamber of commerce, the release stated.
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Abbott also held a roundtable discussion at Houston Methodist Hospital last week, commending the hospital, which administers about 4,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day, the release detailed. More than 1.7 million vaccine doses have been given to Texas providers so far.
“Texas is a leader in the fight against COVID-19, and I’m proud that the Lone Star State has administered more vaccines than any other state in the nation,” Abbott said. “Our success would not be possible without the men and women working tirelessly on the frontlines to get more shots in arms to keep Texans safe.”
While vaccines continue to be administered, the number of active COVID-19 cases around Cy-Fair continues to rise.
The total number of active COVID-19 cases around Cy-Fair rose to 5,167 as of 4 p.m. Friday, an increase of more than 250 active cases since last Friday, according to Harris County Public Health data.
The number of deaths continues to stagnate, rising only by 1 this week to a total of 118 deaths.
Data was compiled using the ZIP codes in the Cypress Creek Mirror’s coverage area: 77040, 77041, 77065, 77070, 77086, 77095, 77429 and 77433.
The ZIP code with the highest number of active cases is still 77433, with a total of 1,108 active cases. The ZIP code with the lowest number of active cases is 77065 with 378.