Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — who has opposed vaccine mandates — is now asking for federal help with COVID-19 testing and treatment

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  • Texas recorded over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

  • Gov. Greg Abbott said on Friday that he'd asked for federal support for testing sites.

  • Abbott has worked to block vaccine mandates.

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, who has opposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other preventive measures, said on Friday that his state had requested federal help with testing sites.

Abbott said in a press release that the state requested "resources for federally-supported testing locations and medical personnel and additional federal allocations of monoclonal antibodies."

"Detecting COVID-19 and preventing COVID-related hospitalizations are critical to our fight against this virus," Abbott said.

Abbott said he requested support for testing sites in Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo, and Tarrant counties because of their high positivity rates and hospitalizations.

Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Tarrant counties are among the 25 US counties with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.

Texas on Thursday reported 10,892 new cases, a 26.5% test-positivity rate, and over 5,500 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Last week, the Texas Department of State Health Services said several health centers had run out of the monoclonal-antibody treatment sotrovimab, found to be effective against the Omicron variant.

In a tweet on December 27, Abbott accused President Joe Biden of not fulfilling a pledge to support states with their COVID-19 response and of "hoarding the anti-body therapeutic drugs & denying states independent access to that medical treatment."

In his press release, Abbott said: "While the Biden administration has cut supplies of monoclonal antibody treatments and testing kits when they are needed most, the State of Texas is urging the federal government to step up in this fight and provide the resources necessary to help protect Texans."

In October, Abbott issued an executive order barring any Texas entity, including private businesses, from issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. That came after Biden announced plans to require private businesses with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing.

"In yet another instance of federal government overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas's continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster," Abbott said at the time.

On Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled to halt Biden's mask and vaccine mandates as conditions for funding for Head Start programs, KVUE reported.

Following the ruling, Abbott said, "Texas just beat Biden again."

Insider was unable to reach Abbott's office for comment.

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