Governor Abbott Urging Residents To Get Flu Shots Early

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

DALLAS (KRLD) - In a visit to Dallas, Texas governor Greg Abbott is urging residents to get a flu shot as early as possible. 

Speaking at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Abbott says while new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are going down in Dallas County, it's imperative that those residents continue best practices in the fight against the virus.

The governor urged residents to avoid large gatherings, especially when school starts back up for students.

Abbott also spoke of the importance of a flu shot, to avoid a surge of both flu and COVID-19 hospitalizations, putting stress on the already overburdened hospitals.   

"If that leads to greater hospitalizations, coupled with the hospitalizations we see for COVID-19 you could easily see how hospitals in this region, as well as across Texas, could be completely overrun with an inability for the hospital to take care of the medical needs of everybody in the entire region," Abbott said.

Testing capacity is also expected to continue to rise and Abbott says they are working to get more to all testing sites. UT Southwestern is averaging about 3,000 tests a day. Abbott says they are working to increase that to 15,000 -40,000 tests a day.​