• State Update

HHSC Update: PL 20-11 Guidance on COVID-19 Response in Nursing Facilities (NF)

Updated: May 1, 2020

Based on state law, federal guidance, and Governor Abbott’s disaster declaration, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is updating licensure requirements for NF providers to assist them in protecting the residents in their care. Due to the escalating situation of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), HHSC issues this guidance to NF providers to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to residents. Providers should follow the guidance in this letter or adhere to Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance/requirements, whichever is more stringent.

  • Prohibition of Nonessential Visitors

  • Screening of Visitors

  • Screening of Residents Who Leave the Facility and Return

  • Additional Recommendations