Amarillo coronavirus

From Texas Standard:

Potter County, where Amarillo is located, has seen an outsized proportion of COVID-19 cases. Though the latest numbers show counties with most cases are also the most populous, Potter County ranks just below them at sixth even though it's the 38th most populous county.

In Texas, as more businesses get the green light to reopen, those plans have been delayed in some areas where the governor says jump in positive COVID-19 cases follow ramped-up testing capacity.

Updated at 5:16 p.m. ET

Texas is moving forward with further reopening plans Monday but will delay the execution of those plans in the state's northern panhandle in light of its relatively high rate of confirmed coronavirus cases near Amarillo. Amarillo alone had more than 700 new cases on Friday.

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Gov. Greg Abbott says the cases were detected by targeted testing at meatpacking plants.

More than 700 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Amarillo region Saturday, as results from targeted testing at meatpacking plants came in.

According to the office of the governor, a surge response team was deployed in Amarillo on May 4 to survey high-risk locations and test workers at meatpacking plants. The Texas Panhandle, where a workforce of Hispanics and immigrants power several meatpacking plants, is home to the highest rates of infection in the state.

City of Amarillo

An alarmingly high number of COVID-19 cases are being identified at a meatpacking plant in Amarillo, as test results continue to come in.

During Wednesday’s live video briefing from the City of Amarillo, Casie Stoughton, director of public health, said 155 positive COVID-19 cases were identified from last week’s Texas National Guard testing at the Tyson Food plant.

“Today’s report card will reflect an additional 255 positive test results,” Stoughton said.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

State health officials say the JBS Beef plant rejected its efforts to test all employees. The company switched gears Wednesday afternoon after the Tribune reported on the lack of testing at a plant tied to a rapidly growing cluster of coronavirus cases.

City of Amarillo

Over 40 percent of Amarillo’s 940 total COVID-19 cases reported Friday – mostly in Potter County – are being attributed to meatpacking plants, prompting Amarillo’s mayor to ask for the state’s assistance, as the city’s total number of cases has risen drastically over the past few days.

Potter County has seen the biggest jump in cases – from 396 on Monday to 684 on Friday.  Randall County reported 256 cases on Friday, up from 191 on Monday.