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APH calls for help fighting Covid-19 in nursing homes

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin-Travis County’s Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said Wednesday that staff working at multiple nursing homes have contributed to an outbreak of Covid-19 at the facilities. In a press conference, which can be viewed in full below, Dr. Escott discouraged people from working at multiple facilities and issued a call for new staff members to avoid a “domino effect.”

Early this week, Austin Public Health released new guidelines for nursing homes and long-term care facilities, after residents and staff concentrated in eight nursing homes were found to have the virus, and 16 resident deaths were found to be related to Covid-19. Those updated guidelines can be found here.

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