Texas taps federal funds to help nursing homes buy equipment to expand COVID-era visits

AUSTIN — State officials announced Friday they will help nursing homes tap $3.5 million in federal funds to buy equipment that would allow more visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.



a man standing in front of a window: The state announced Friday it will help nursing homes tap $3.5 million in federal funds to buy equipment that would allow more visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. The move is part of a gradual reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak, after Gov. Greg Abbott in March closed them to visits. Shown is a woman visiting her mother at a nursing home in Mansfield in March.


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The state announced Friday it will help nursing homes tap $3.5 million in federal funds to buy equipment that would allow more visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. The move is part of a gradual reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak, after Gov. Greg Abbott in March closed them to visits. Shown is a woman visiting her mother at a nursing home in Mansfield in March.

Starting Monday, certified nursing homes in Texas can apply for up to $3,000 each toward purchasing plexiglass barriers for expanded indoor visits and tents to accommodate more safe gatherings outdoors, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Health and Human Services Commission announced.

Texas has 1,213 such homes, said commission spokeswoman

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