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By Kelsey Simmons/LNFA, Munday Nursing Center—
MUNDAY—We live in unprecedented times right now, and no one has the ‘right’ answer for anything that is going on. We are all trying to do what we think is best at the given moment.
Texas Health and Human Services is doing the best it can during these confusing times to keep everyone safe and informed. The mandatory testing was recommended by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) and enforced by the Governor. It was suggested as a phase to begin reopening nursing facilities throughout the state.
I have been asked many times if I think staff and residents should all be required to be tested for COVID19?
That’s a tough question to answer with a simple yes or no. As nursing facility care givers, we are responsible for the safety of each and every one of our residents, so I think that staff getting tested as a baseline is beneficial for the health and safety of the residents.
“Did we need to test every single one of our residents?
In my opinion, probably not. They haven’t left their rooms or seen their loved ones in almost 100 days. Luckily, all of our residents were agreeable and did it without any complaints in the hope that they would be able to see their loved ones soon.
All of our results came back negative, as we suspected they would.
We are hopeful the state will allow some form of visitation in the near future. We are anxiously awaiting any such news and our resident’s families will be contacted immediately.”