Harris County nursing home test team finds 194 coronavirus cases so far

Harris County nursing home test team finds 194 coronavirus cases so far

A Harris County Public Health team focused on testing for coronavirus in nursing homes has turned up 194 cases among staff and residents in 15 facilities.

The team had tested 1,170 staff and residents as of Wednesday, Harris County Public Health spokeswoman Elizabeth Perez wrote in an email.

Officials announced the testing initiative April 27, explaining that they wanted to do all they could to protect the vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities.

The number of Texans dying in nursing homes and assisted living facilities meanwhile rose sharply, with 92 more deaths related to COVID-19 reported Monday among residents in facilities over the previous five days.

Fear among family members with relatives in nursing homes or assisted living facilities grew so great that some considered taking their relatives out of the facilities altogether.

Harris County Public Health expected the team, called the Multi-Disciplinary Team, to visit one nursing home per day. There are roughly 100 nursing homes in the county, according to state records.

Emily Foxhall is the Texas Storyteller for the Houston Chronicle. Read her on our free site, chron.com, and on our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com. | [email protected] | Twitter: emfoxhall

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