- Title: Long lines for COVID-19 testing in Houston as Texas cases surge
- Date: 7th July 2020
- Summary: HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (JULY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) CARS DRIVING UP TO COVID-19 TESTING LINE WITH POST HOLDING U.S. AND TEXAS FLAGS IN FOREGROUND POLICE CAR WITH ORANGE CONES GUARDING LINE POLICE CAR WITH CONES DRIVING PAST STOPPED LINE OF CARS WAITING FOR TESTING CAR FULL OF PEOPLE WAITING TO BE TESTED MEDICAL WORKER IN FULL PPE WALKING UP TO CAR ON TESTING LINE AND HANDING PERSON A CARD MEDICAL WORKERS AT TABLE AND THEN ATTENDING TO LINE OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR COVID-19 TESTING MEDICAL WORKER IN FULL PPE ATTENDING TO PERSON IN CAR AND WALKING AWAY MEDICAL WORKER OPENING PACKAGE AND PUTTING LABEL ON IT MEDICAL WORKER AT CAR WRITING DOWN INFORMATION MEDICAL WORKER AT GRAY CAR WORKERS HANDING MAN IN PICK-UP TRUCK PACKAGE AND TALKING TO HIM TEXAS AND U.S. FLAGS ON POST
- Embargoed: 21st July 2020 18:44
- Keywords: COVID-19 Houston Texas coronavirus hotspots surge testing
- Location: HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- City: HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLTAONB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:With Texas battling a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, people in Houston waited on long lines on Tuesday (July 7) for testing.
Texas is among several states, along with Florida and California, that are witnessing not just more cases, but high infection rates as a percentage of diagnostic tests conducted over the past week.
This has prompted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to say the area could benefit from testing to identify new cases, especially for people who are asymptomatic, and it has announced there would be temporary free COVID-19 testing in Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Edinburg, Texas.
According to HHS, the temporary "surge testing" sites will be live anywhere from five to 12 days and testing will be available to non-residents of the community.
The sites will offer 5,000 tests per city every day, the agency said.
(Production: Callaghan O'Hare, Kevin Fogarty)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None