SHOT: During a press conference on Monday, May 18, Governor Abbott was asked, “Is the state health department comingling the numbers with antibody testing and live-virus testing?” Abbott responded, “The answer is ‘no.’ They are not comingling those numbers.”
CHASER: On Thursday, Abbott’s Texas Department of State Health Services announced that they would stop comingling antibody tests with viral tests — acknowledging the fact that they were doing the very thing Gov. Abbott vehemently denied three days prior.
Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman released the following statement:
“More than 52,000 Texans have tested positive for this virus. Nearly 1,500 are dead. More than 2 million people have filed for unemployment in Texas.
“Meanwhile, our governor continues to blatantly lie and manipulate data which puts our entire COVID-19 recovery in jeopardy. He has lied about the availability of testing and is now lying about the testing being done. This week has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Governor Abbott continues to mismanage the coronavirus crisis.
“We are desperately in need of leadership Texans can trust.”