DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In a letter to U.S. Well being and Human Companies Secretary Alex Azar, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson requested the extension of two federally-supported Covid-19 drive-thru testing websites and the doubling of capability.
As of now, the websites at an American Airways Middle parking storage and on the Ellis Davis Subject Home, that are supported by FEMA, are set to finish after Could 31.
Every website has a capability to supply 1,000 checks day by day.
Mayor Johnson has requested that the capability be expanded to 2,000 checks per day per website.
“Our two Community Based Testing Sites have been key assets in the fight against this pandemic. The testing support has aided our public health response, and it will be a critical piece of our economic recovery efforts moving forward.”
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson (CBS 11)
Dallas County Choose Clay Jenkins additionally stated Tuesday that he’s working with the federal authorities to proceed providing this program past Could 31.
He stated new testing websites operated by the personal are welcomed, however don’t provide as a lot as every of the group websites.
“It’s very concerning because when you look at these four Walmarts that I announced yesterday, or the two we got last week, and the one at Kroger, all those put together would not be more than one thousand tests per week.”
Choose Jenkins stated regardless of the assistance from Parkland Hospital, the county and metropolis of Dallas can’t proceed this system with out the federal authorities’s assist.
“We don’t have access to the testing kits and reagents. If they’d give us the testing kits and reagents, we could run those at our labs at Parkland and UT Southwestern.”
Mayor Johnson stated he appreciates the federal authorities’s assist.
Within the metropolis of Dallas alone, there are about 1,900 checks given every day, however Assistant Metropolis Supervisor Jon Fortune stated Tuesday that with extra individuals returning to work, as many as 4,000 individuals a day within the metropolis must be examined.
As a part of his ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayor Johnson named Dr. Kelvin Baggett, a former Chief Medical Officer at Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, as town’s new well being and healthcare entry czar.
Dr. Kelvin Baggett (credit score: pharofunds.com)
“His part is to figure out strategies for improving testing and contact tracing and helping look at data.”
The Mayor stated Dr. Baggett will assist establish disparities in healthcare associated to the virus in order that town can deal with the issue as shortly as doable.
“We want to understand how it’s moving in our community, how it’s affecting people of color, low income individuals, front line workers, anything that shows a disparity in the impact of the disease.”
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