GCHD tests residents, employees at The Resort at Texas City

Post Date:04/02/2020 6:17 PM

Galveston County Health District, in partnership with UTMB, today tested roughly 150 residents and employees for COVID-19 at The Resort at Texas City. The testing falls on the heels of 13 residents and employees recently testing positive for the virus. Health district employees handled sample collection and UTMB is currently running those tests.

"We are gravely concerned about the spread of this virus within nursing homes because of the close proximity and vulnerability of  the residents," said Galveston County Local Health Authority Dr. Philip Keiser.

The health district became aware of the first positive case at The Resort at Texas City on Saturday.

"Health district officials visited The Resort at Texas City on Saturday and from what we saw, they were following guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)," Keiser said.

Over the weekend and early this week, an increase in positive COVID-19 cases was reported. The health district felt it prudent to test all residents and employees for the virus. Results are pending. Any positive results will be announced as part of the health district's daily case update. The health district is exploring guidance to limit the spread of this virus in long-term care facilities.

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