State-mandated COVID-19 testing of all residents and staff at nursing homes across the State of Texas has begun, including here in New Braunfels.
On May 11, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed that 100% of staff and residents in Texas nursing facilities be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and local fire departments have been asked by the state to assist with carrying out those tests.
The testing at nursing homes in Texas is part of a nationwide effort to test all residents and staff at nursing homes, which have been identified as the largest at-risk population for COVID-19 in the country. This statewide effort, led by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) helps ensure that any potential clusters of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes are quickly detected and contained.
Across the State of Texas, there are 1,223 nursing homes, which when combined, have a population of residents and staff of close to 250,000 people. Here in New Braunfels, there are five nursing homes with a combined population of residents and staff of approximately 1,600 people. Those nursing homes are:
- Colonial Manor Care Center
- Eden Home Inc.
- Kirkwood Manor
- Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation
- Sundance Inn Health Center
The test kits for the New Braunfels area will be provided by the Comal County Public Health Office and will be administered by a seven-member unit from the New Braunfels Fire Department, consisting of two three-member teams and a supervisor. At the state’s direction, this is a one-time test, not an ongoing effort. The testing will begin on Monday, May 18th and all of the testing will be complete by May 25th.
For more about the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, log on to www.nbtexas.org/COVID-19.