An initiative is underway to save nursing home residents and nurses as death rates continue to rise. Governor Greg Abbott is tackling the issue by deploying the Texas National Guard to disinfect nursing homes across the state.
“The Texas National Guard plays a crucial role in our ongoing response to COVID-19, and I am grateful for their work to address the unique challenges our nursing homes face during this pandemic,” said Governor Abbott in a press release. “The training these Guardsmen have received will equip them with the knowledge and tools they need to provide this crucial assistance to these facilities.”
More than 400 deaths have been reported statewide in nursing facilities . In the Valley, the virus has killed nearly two dozen of people living in these centers.
In Harlingen, a total of 64 employees and 119 residents have tested positive at two nursing homes.
The disinfection team guardsmen specialize in natural disaster assessment and rapid response in hazardous environments, said Governor Abbott. Six teams have already been mobilized across the state with more to come , he added.