The number of Texans testing positive for the new coronavirus is likely to dramatically rise as the state’s testing capacity ramps up and cases of community spread continue to climb, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.
“You’re going to see an exponential increase in the number of people testing positive on a daily basis, ” Abbott said at a press conference.
State and federal officials have reported at least 69 cases as of Monday. There are likely more unconfirmed cases, given that there are examples of community spread and limited testing capacity. Community spread occurs when the source of infection is unknown.
Abbott’s comments in San Antonio came as school districts are shuttering, local officials are banning events with large groups of people and Texans are being told to practice social distancing and work from home if they can.
ARTICLE BY STACY FERNÁNDEZ, texastribune.org