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HHSC Update: State & Local Agencies to Assist with Scheduling & Conducting Testing

Governor Abbott Directs TDEM, DSHS, HHSC To Test All Nursing Home Residents, Staff in Texas

In accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive to test 100% of residents and staff in nursing homes for COVID-19 infections, HHSC and DSHS are partnering with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Council on Fire Protection, local health departments, and the Texas Military Department to collect specimens in nursing facilities across Texas.

Facilities that have not had all residents and staff tested in the last 30 days will be contacted to schedule testing. The goal is for this to start immediately.

Depending on where a facility is located in the state, it may be contacted to schedule testing by the:

  • local fire department,

  • local or regional public health department,

  • Emergency Medical Task Force, or

  • National Guard Mobile Testing Teams.

Regional Long-term Care Regulatory Directors are serving as the point of contact for the groups scheduling and conducting testing. If you have questions about this process you should contact your LTCR region.