Sara Stapleton Barrera calls on Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. to push for drastic increase in COVID-19 testing

Stapleton-Barrera: “I ask Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. to join me in calling on our state government to provide all of Senate District 27 and South Texas with the resources we need, such as free COVID-19 tests.” 

BROWNSVILLE, TX – Sara Stapleton Barrera has called on Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. to join her in demanding the state government provide all of Senate District 27 and South Texas with resources necessary to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Currently, only those who present fever, cough, shortness of breath, and have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be provided a test. 

“Now is not the time to sit back. We have a pandemic that has yet to be completely addressed and will impact working families and small business owners in our community,” said Sara Stapleton Barrera. “I am calling on Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to immediately provide additional COVID-19 testing centers throughout South Texas and testing for everybody in our community. I ask that Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. join me in calling on our state government to provide all of Senate District 27 and South Texas with the resources we need, such as free COVID-19 tests, drive-thru testing centers, and testing for all. Together, we can stop the spread of coronavirus.” 

With only one testing center in South Texas, located in Harlingen, the concern among those in the community has risen. Community spread of coronavirus has taken place as close as Laredo. South Texas leadership has taken an active role in postponing school and issuing emergency orders that prohibit gatherings of 50 people or more. 

“A person who appears healthy may be carrying the virus, and to protect our vulnerable populations such as the elderly and uninsured, the state needs to provide testing support for South Texas,” Stapleton Barrera said. “I have a deep concern that those carrying COVID-19, who do not present symptoms, are being overlooked and not tested. Our state government needs to do more to protect the health and well-being of our Rio Grande Valley and South Texas community.”

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