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As mass COVID-19 tests conducted, pending results backlogged in the Valley

2 months 2 days 16 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 June 01, 2020 8:59 PM June 01, 2020 in News - Coronavirus Pandemic

Gov. Greg Abbott’s goal of conducting 20,000 coronavirus test per day has been achieved after a few weeks. However, performing the tests is only one part of the equation. The other is churning out results.

A breakdown in the test numbers in the Rio Grande Valley finds a new bottleneck in the process. The push for testing in the Valley has been a success, the number have more than doubled in nearly a month’s time.

Yet, as COVID-19 testing has become more available, the number of tests pending is growing. As mass testing puts a strain on the current system, a doctor says health officials will be relying on local partnerships instead of sending samples to Austin for distribution, which is a process that takes nine or more days to turn results.

Watch the video above for the full report.

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