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Staff Sharing Blamed For Coronavirus Outbreak At Harlingen Nursing Homes

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Cameron County public health officials say it appears a health care worker at a Harlingen nursing home spread the coronavirus to a second nursing facility.

County Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo tells the Valley Morning Star that the sharing of staff among nursing homes appears to have contributed to an outbreak that has infected more than a dozen elderly residents at two Harlingen long-term care facilities. At least a dozen employees at the two facilities have also tested positive for the highly-contagious virus.

Contact tracing investigators are working to identify the initial infected staffer who worked at both the Veranda Rehabilitation and Healthcare facility and the Windsor Atrium. The infections at Veranda were first confirmed March 31st. Four days later, one of the employees died from the virus. Two days after that, the virus claimed the life of an 81-year-old patient.

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