Texas hospitalizations below 7,000 for first time in weeks


Teachers at Menchaca Early Childhood Center pass out tablets to students, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in San Antonio. Southside will being the year with remote teaching and has added hotspots to the school district to help students without access to the internet. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is reporting fewer than 7,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time in six weeks.

But that encouraging sign Thursday was clouded by questions over testing as students return to school and college football teams push ahead with playing this fall.

Testing has dropped off in Texas, a trend seen across the U.S as health experts worry that patients without symptoms aren’t bothering because of long lines and waiting days to get results.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says there’s plenty of testing supply amid shrinking demand. 

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