Plano begins process of testing all nursing home residents, staff for coronavirus illness

Plano Fire-Rescue has begun the process of testing every nursing home resident and staff member in the city for COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Plano Fire-Rescue has begun the process of testing every nursing home resident and staff member in the city for COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Plano Fire-Rescue has begun the process of testing every nursing home resident and staff member in the city for COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Plano Fire-Rescue personnel have begun an extensive effort to test residents and staff of the city’s nursing homes for COVID-19.

The Park in Plano on May 22 was the first nursing home in the city to undergo this round of testing, Plano Fire-Rescue spokesperson Capt. Peggy Harrell said in an email.

The fire department did not have an estimate for how long it would take to test the residents and staff at the city’s various nursing homes, as the process is just getting ramped up, Harrell said.

The efforts are a partnership with state health authorities following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement May 11 that all of Texas’ nursing home residents and staff members would be tested for COVID-19.

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


The American Health Care Association, a nonprofit that represents a number of health organizations, estimates that administering nearly 200,000 tests at all Texas nursing homes would cost roughly $29 million.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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