Amarillo reports more than 700 COVID-19 cases in one day, governor responds

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Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, delivers remarks during a press conference on May 5, 2020, updating the public on the state’s response to COVID-19. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

AMARILLO, Texas — On Friday, Potter and Randall counties reported more than 700 cases of COVID-19 in one day, bringing the City of Amarillo’s total to 2,673.

On May 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed a Surge Response Team to the area to increase testing and deal with any rapid outbreaks.

According to a release, the increased testing yielded a lot more positive results in the city.

Places with widespread outbreaks are being forced to shut down temporarily.

Additionally, the governor is sending more medication for treatment of positive patients.

Governor Abbott released this statement on the situation:

“As Texas continues ramping up its testing capabilities, there will be an increase in positive cases as the state targets the most high-risk areas: nursing homes, meat packing plants and jails,” said Abbott. “That is exactly why I established Surge Response Teams. By immediately deploying resources and supplies to these high risk areas, we will identify the positive cases, isolate the individuals and ensure any outbreak is quickly contained, which is the strategy being deployed in Amarillo.”

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