HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discussed a plan aimed at dealing with a surge in coronavirus testing and speed up results from those tests.

Hidalgo said the county is partnering with the federal and state departments of Health and Human Services to transition the testing sites at both Ken Bridgeon Stadium and San Jacinto College Central Campus to surge testing sites beginning Thursday.

  • Harris County is facing extremely high CVOVID-19 case numbers, but at least hospitalizations are dropping slightly. They are still high, but at least they are going down.
  • Receiving 30,000 tests that have fast turnaround times. People can begin signing up Wednesday.
  • Results will return in 3 to 5 days. These tests are the same as we had before, but the lab contract is much faster.
  • The supply is expected to last a few weeks, but the county is set up to continue rapid-result testing after the provided tests run out.
  • Starting Thursday, there will be evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Continuing to urge schools to remain closed. “We have to bring the numbers down,” Hidalgo said.
  • We are at red alert. Hidalgo said no one should be having gatherings, especially not large gatherings of children in schools.