HARLINGEN, Texas — In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, longtime healthcare facilities, and within the community, the Harlingen Health Authority issued an amended Health Control Directive.
According to a release, the directive requires that all nursing homes and long time health care facilities in Harlingen immediately initiate screening procedures and protocols, maintain related documentation, require testing 24-72 hours before admitting patients into their facility, and place newly admitted patients in five-day isolation.
Additionally, an order issued in April that prohibited sharing staff has been nullified.
“The nursing home outbreaks have been a top priority of the City since the onset of the first case,” said Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell. “We have been in daily contact with all of the nursing homes in the City to support them in their efforts to stop the spread. This directive is in direct response to their request for support.”
Two nursing homes in Harlingen, Veranda and Winsdor Atrium, have 73 employees and 124 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Additionally, 27 of these individuals have passed away.