Fayette County, in cooperation with the National Guard and Texas Division of Emergency Management, continues to advocate for more COVID-19 testing for those who wish to be tested, according to Emergency Management and Homeland Security Chief Craig Moreau.
He issued a press release last Friday stating that free testing, regardless of residency, was scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Wolters Park in Schulenburg. Plans were for citizens to be tested either by walk-up or in their vehicles, the press release stated.
Moreau reported that on Thursday, June 11, five teams of military testing experts tested all five nursing homes in Fayette County – Schulenburg Regency, Colonial Care Center in Schulenburg, Care Inn and Monument Hill in La Grange, and Oak Manor in Flatonia. In total, 679 citizens were tested. Of those, 311 were residents and 368 were staff members.
Moreau said on Tuesday morning, June 16 that his office had received all of the results and five cases were reported – three staff members and two residents. The five were located at four different locations and Moreau did not specify which nursing homes had the positive tests. He did say that all five were reported as asymptomatic at the time of testing.
“This should be a reminder to the public and all healthcare workers to continue vigilance even if you are not experiencing any symptoms,” Moreau said.
Strict adherence to mask and PPE (personal protective equip-ment) protocols is what has kept the numbers in Fayette County nursing homes so low thus far, according to Moreau. All nursing homes in the county were provided with N95 masks for every staff member, and surgical masks for every resident. These supplies have been replaced as needed with assistance from local and state resources.
“We will continue this practice of wearing standard PPE around our most vulnerable populations,” Moreau said.
Nursing homes have long-established protocols for isolating patients and staff. They were written with the assistance of physicians and state health officials. These protocols have been put into place as recommended. Officials with the Department of State Health Services have been notified and are consulting with nursing home administrations for any additional actions that may be needed.
“We do expect a rise in reported cases over the next seven to 14 days,” Moreau said. “Our testing has gone up exponentially thanks to expanded efforts of both private and public testing. There have been no additional reported hospitalizations at this time due to coronavirus.”
Feel free to contact the Office of Emergency Management with any questions, Moreau said.
“Last week, we partnered with local healthcare professionals and tested an entire independent living facility due to concern of a possible exposure,” Moreau said. “All of the residents and staff that were tested resulted in negative tests.”