Reps. Johnson and Allred Urge Federal Government Not to End Agreement Providing COVID-19 Testing Supplies to Dallas County

May 12, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency urging the federal government to continue to support Dallas County by providing 1,000 tests a day to support community-based testing sites. The agreement to provide testing materials is set to expire on May 30, 2020. 

“Yesterday, Dallas County reported 253 new COVID-19 cases, tying the record of daily positive new cases set on May 5, 2020. For the last nine consecutive days, the county has reported more than 230 new COVID-19 cases each day. The test kits and lab services provided at the two CBTS are key resources for the Dallas community,” said Johnson and Allred.

“The test kits and lab services provided at the two CBTS are key resources for the Dallas community. North Texas cannot afford to lose federal support at this time, which is why we are respectfully requesting that FEMA and HHS continue their federal support of the two CBTS locations in Dallas,” Johnson and Allred concluded.

Johnson and Allred have consistently urged the federal government to provide Dallas County with the support and testing resources it needs. They wrote a letter on April 10 to request more supplies to increase testing, helping the County to double the number of tests to 1,000 per day.  

See the full text of the letter below and download a copy here: PDF iconAllred Johnson HHS FEMA Extension Request.pdf 

Dear Admiral Giroir and Administrator Gaynor

We write to request that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continue to support the two community-based testing sites (CBTS) in Dallas.

We appreciate the federal assistance that has been provided for the two CBTS locations at the Ellis David Field House and the American Airlines Center that serve the Dallas community. However, federal support for the two sites is scheduled to end on May 30, 2020. Closing the CBTS could cause Dallas County to lose 1,000 tests a day. These testing sites provide critical testing capacity for North Texans, as we work to control the spread of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Dallas County is still seeing high rates of COVID-19. Yesterday, Dallas County reported 253 new COVID-19 cases, tying the record of daily positive new cases set on May 5, 2020. For the last nine consecutive days, the county has reported more than 230 new COVID-19 cases each day. The test kits and lab services provided at the two CBTS are key resources for the Dallas community. North Texas cannot afford to lose federal support at this time, which is why we are respectfully requesting that FEMA and HHS continue their federal support of the two CBTS locations in Dallas. 

Thank you for your attention and consideration of this request.  

Sincerely,


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