Houston News : Gov. Abbott orders COVID-19 tests for 100% of nursing home residents and staff in Texas

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pictured at a press conference on May 5.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pictured at a press conference on May 5.

Photo: RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL, MBR / Associated Press

Photo: RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL, MBR / Associated Press

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pictured at a press conference on May 5.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pictured at a press conference on May 5.

Photo: RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL, MBR / Associated Press

Gov. Abbott orders COVID-19 tests for 100% of nursing home residents and staff in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday directed state agencies to test 100 percent of residents and staff in Texas nursing homes for COVID-19.

The directive went to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The three were instructed to develop a plan based on the guidance of Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, Abbott’s office said in a press release.

Earlier on Monday, the White House recommended that all residents and staff at more than 15,000 nursing homes across the United States be tested for coronavirus in the next two weeks.

“We really believe that all 1 million nursing home residents need to be tested within next two weeks as well as the staff,” Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said on a call with governors, according to a recording of the call obtained by The Associated Press.

“The State of Texas is working to rapidly expand our testing capacity – especially among vulnerable populations in Texas nursing homes,” Abbott said. “This important collaboration…will ensure that any potential clusters of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes are quickly detected and contained.”



in Houston

Source : chron.com