Gov. Greg Abbott orders coronavirus testing for 100% of nursing home residents, staff

Gov. Greg Abbott announced orders May 11 to test all Texas nursing home residents and staff members for the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announced orders May 11 to test all Texas nursing home residents and staff members for the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced orders May 11 to test all Texas nursing home residents and staff members for the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a release May 11 that 100% of Texas’ nursing home residents and staff members will be tested for coronavirus.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services received direction from Gov. Abbott to implement a plan based on guidance from Vice President Mike Pence and Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.



“The State of Texas is working to rapidly expand our testing capacity—specially among vulnerable populations in Texas nursing homes,” Gov. Abbott said in the release. “This important collaboration among HHSC, TDEM and DSHS will ensure that any potential clusters of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes are quickly detected and contained.”

Gov. Abbott did not provide a timeline for when testing will begin.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.