Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount
Widespread testing is considered essential to containing the outbreak as the U.S. approaches a mammoth 5 million confirmed infections and more than 156,000 deaths out of over 700,000 worldwide. Jessica Moore of rural Newberry, South Carolina, said that after a private lab lost her COVID-19 test results in mid-July, she had to get re-tested at a pop-up site organized by the state. A number of companies are studying COVID-19 antigen tests in which you spit on a specially coated strip of paper, and if you are infected, it changes color. But the approach faces resistance in Washington, where federal regulators have required at least 80% accuracy for new COVID-19 tests. To date, the Food and Drug Administration has allowed only two COVID-19 antigen tests to enter the market.
Gov. Greg Abbott expresses regret over reopening Texas bars during coronavirus
Greg Abbott on Friday expressed regret over the reopening process. Greg Abbott on Friday expressed regret for the first known time about the reopening process he spearheaded during the coronavirus pandemic, saying he should not have allowed bars to open as quickly. At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars," Abbott said Friday morning. Abbott permitted bars to reopen for the first time on May 22, at 25% indoor capacity. During the increase, Abbott has cited Texas' large hospital capacity and the availability of respirators.
5 Katy walking trails to help ease your mind and body
Here are five walking trails you can visit to help ease your mind and body. As always, remember to practice social distancing and wash your hands after your park visit. Katy City Park“Beautiful scenery, beautiful environment, suitable for walking, running and barbecue in the wild.” -JonathanAddress: 5720 Franz Road, Katy TX 77493Mary Jo Peckham Park“Beautiful park for walking, jogging and bringing the kids to play. Great place for a picnic.” -MichelleAddress: Rice Park Trail, Katy, TX 77450Mason Creek South Hike & Bike Trail“Great place to take a long walk. There is a trail between this park and Katy Park that really adds to the value of this park as a destination.