West-Tex ~ 3 mos, 24 days ago Mar 23 2020, 10:10am
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced that the area has finally received the materials from the federal government to increase coronavirus testing capabilities community-wide.
Hidalgo announced there will be an online tool you can access if you are experiencing symptoms, and you can use that tool to help determine if you need COVID-19 testing.
Up to 250 tests will be available at two Harris County sites, but officials insist using the online tool first.
She also addressed the rumor that there would be a stay-at-home order, saying that authorities are still working on the next step.
"Shelter-in-place is not the right term for our region," she said.
Hidalgo said officials expect to announce a decision later today about a stay-at-home order.
"We aren't exaggerating when we say staying at home and social distancing is a matter of life and death," Hidalgo told reporters. "Please, unless you absolutely need to be out, stay home."