McKinney Fire Department to begin testing nursing home residents for coronavirus

The McKinney Fire Department is planning to test the 200 residents and staff of Belterra Health and Rehab in McKinney on May 22. (Courtesy McKinney Fire Department)
The McKinney Fire Department is planning to test the 200 residents and staff of Belterra Health and Rehab in McKinney on May 22. (Courtesy McKinney Fire Department)

The McKinney Fire Department is planning to test the 200 residents and staff of Belterra Health and Rehab in McKinney on May 22. (Courtesy McKinney Fire Department)

The McKinney Fire Department is partnering with state health authorities to provide testing in local nursing homes.

The partnership comes on the heels of Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement May 11 that all of Texas’ nursing home residents and staff members would be tested for COVID-19.

The testing is something McKinney Mayor George Fuller said earlier this month that the city had been asking for.

“Let's be proactive, not reactive,” Fuller said.

The department is planning to test the 200 residents and staff of Belterra Health and Rehab in McKinney on May 22, according to a news release from the fire department.


Costs associated with providing these tests are eligible for state reimbursement.

In addition to carrying out the first wave of testing, the McKinney firefighters and paramedics will help train other North Texas departments in COVID-19 testing in their own communities.

“The McKinney Fire Department is working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially through nursing homes and similar facilities where people are most at risk,” MFD EMS Chief Charlie Skaggs said in the news release. “We hope our training will also help neighboring communities in their fight to protect residents.”
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.