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
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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