Three healthcare employees test positive for COVID-19


HARLINGEN, Texas – Cameron County officials confirmed three employees at Veranda Rehabilitation & Healthcare of Harlingen tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

“Cameron County Public Health is working with the facility on the contact tracing, which is a background, and testing of patients and employees if needed,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. at a press conference.

Jason Hess, Director of Operations at Veranda, wrote in an email to CBS4/LOCAL 23’s Derick Garcia which read, “We are currently focused on taking care of our residents and supporting our team members, all of whom are actively engaged in the prevention and control of infection in the Facility.”

The email makes no mention of the three employees specifically.

However, a letter sent to family and residents on March 28 confirms, “One of the employees has not worked in the Facility since March 12th and the second has not been in the building since March 22nd.” A third employee was not mentioned in the letter.

A viewer, with a relative inside the facility, tells CBS4/LOCAL 23, “staff and all patients are set to be tested with results coming from a private laboratory and the results would be in around 24 hours…”

Hess did not comment on the testing of patients or staff.

Veranda did write in the letter, “on the 28th, isolation procedures will be implemented,” and “staff and medical professionals will be assessed and screened prior to entering the facility and starting their shift and if they have symptoms of illness, they will be sent home.”

The family says they have not been able to enter the facility since earlier this month but isolation efforts are underway.

Veranda did not confirm if isolation efforts are being taken.

“Family of the patients have been informed and Cameron County Public Health will continue investigations and provide an update as they become available,” said Treviño.

It is unclear how the three employees acquired COVID-19.

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