Women outside of tents as the Houston Astros opened up a Covid-19 testing site in parking Lot C, Saturday, August 8, 2020, in Houston. Located near Minute Maid Park, the testing site is capable of 2,000 tests a day. Testing will run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with eight drive-thru lanes and four walk-up lanes.
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Gov. Greg Abbott extended Texas’ disaster declaration for COVID-19 Saturday, on the same day the state opened Houston’s largest testing center yet at Minute Maid Park.
As many as 2,000 people per day can walk or drive to the ballpark for a free COVID-19 saliva tests. The Texas Department of Emergency Management and Houston Astros teamed up to launch the site, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents do not need to prove they have a healthcare provider or citizenship, Mayor Sylvester Turner said after touring the site Saturday. They also do not need an appointment.
“We’re trying to make it where you don’t have any excuse not to get tested,” Turner said.
The opening comes as the virus continues to spread rampantly through Houston and the greater region. Houston officials gathered Saturday for the funeral of firefighter Jerry Pacheco, the second Houston firefighter to die with the virus.
The mayor said the positivity rate — the ratio of people whose tests return positive — remains dangerously high. As of Monday, it was 17.6 percent. The city has set a goal of driving that down below 5 percent by the end of August.It […]