Houston to provide COVID-19 education to more than 300 local nursing homes, assisted living facilities

FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, Richard Eberhardt walks along a corridor at a nursing home in Kaysesberg, France. Countries across Europe are struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic with the dilemma of leaving the elderly and others near death in enforced solitude or whether to allow some personal contact with relatives. At nursing homes, everything is done to keep out visitors who might be infected, and family members are almost always banned from coming to see their loved ones. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)
FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, Richard Eberhardt walks along a corridor at a nursing home in Kaysesberg, France. Countries across Europe are struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic with the dilemma of leaving the elderly and others near death in enforced solitude or whether to allow some personal contact with relatives. At nursing homes, everything is done to keep out visitors who might be infected, and family members are almost always banned from coming to see their loved ones. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File) (Jean-Francois Badias)

HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department announced Friday the expansion of its efforts to support nursing homes, assisted living centers, and similar facilities against COVID-19. Officials with the department will visit more than 300 facilities in Houston and provide a comprehensive education and technology assistance.

“COVID-19 is an equal opportunity virus. (However), we know people with underlying conditions experience the worst outcomes,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference Friday. “It’s important to focus on vulnerable.”

Houston Fire Department trained 20 firefighters to assist with the visits. The training includes an assessment tool focusing on resident and employee screening and monitoring, personal protective equipment, infection control, environmental cleaning, and education.

According to the city, this is the latest step in ongoing outreach to vulnerable populations. Houston health officials previously worked with SouthEast Regional Advisory Council (SERAC) on a webinar, completed telephone assessments with nursing homes, and provided additional guidance upon request.

Here is Mayor Turner’s full press conference on Friday, April 24:

WATCH LIVE: Mayor Sylvester Turner gives update on coronavirus response in Houston. MORE: https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/04/24/watch-live-mayor-turner-gives-update-on-coronavirus-response-in-houston/

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Friday, April 24, 2020

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