Governor defends testing levels as Texas begins reopening


A bicyclist drinks water before turning away from the closed entrance to the Franklin Mountains State Park on Sunday, April 19, 2020, in El Paso, Texas. Bikers and runners have flouted a city ban on bike trails, part of a “stay at home” order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state parks to reopen Monday with the exception of El Paso, where local officials say the spread of the disease is still too fast. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott is renewing his defense of coronavirus monitoring in Texas as he moved toward relaxing social restrictions before the end of April.  

Texas which ranks near the bottom nationally in coronavirus testing throughout the crisis.

But Abbott said Tuesday that the White House has told him Texas will have adequate testing as the state begins slowly reopening.

Next Monday, Abbott intends to issue new statewide orders that will further loosen Texas’ lockdown beyond the reopening of state parks and letting retailers sell items curbside, which take effect this week. 

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