Amarillo sees rise in COVID-19 cases with increased testing

As expected, the increase of testing for COVID-19 in Amarillo has led to an increase in the number of positive tests for the illness.

The Amarillo Public Health Department COVID-19 Report Card for Tuesday (May 12) shows an increase in the number of active cases of 129 in Potter and Randall counties – the counties that comprise the jurisdiction of the Amarillo Public Health Department.

Over the past few days, there has been a significant increase in COVID-19 testing in Amarillo. The state of Texas, led by the Texas National Guard, has been conducting COVID-19 tests in Amarillo for the past few days. These tests, combined with tests by the Amarillo Public Health Department and private health care providers, resulted in a significant increase in the total number of tests completed in Amarillo. The state of Texas administered more than 3,000 tests from May 6-10.

Since testing began, more than 10,600 tests for COVID-19 have been completed. There are 1,098 active positive tests in Potter County and 285 active positive tests in Randall County.

“With the increase in the number of tests, we expected to see significant increases in the number of positive tests,” said COA Public Health Director Casie Stoughton. “The numbers follow our expectations.

“This is not necessarily a bad thing. Testing is a primary method in preventing COVID-19 from spreading in a community. Testing helps people isolate and helps slow the spread of transmission. More information is better than less information. We are encouraged to know what the tests results are so we can act on this information.”