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Surge Response Team possibly coming to Sanderson Farms after 26 employees contract COVID-19

Posted at 2:39 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 15:39:34-04

BRAZOS COUNTY, TX — Brazos County may soon have a Surge Response Team sent from the state of Texas.

"Conversations are taking place on having a surge team come out to do testing," a spokeswoman for Brazos County Health District said. "They are working on logistics and determining a date."

During Gov. Abbott's press conference Monday, Chief Kidd and Commissioner Wilson provided details on the newly formed Surge Response Teams.

Surge Response Teams will serve nursing homes, prisons, packing pants, and other facilities that experience flare ups of COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment, testing supplies, onsite staffing, and assessment assistance.

Brazos County yesterday reported 26 cases of COVID-19 at Sanderson Farms in Bryan.

These teams will also work with local officials to establish health and social distancing standards to contain these flare ups.

These teams are led by TDEM and HHSC and include representatives from the the Texas Military Department, DSHS, the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and BCFS Health and Human Services.

"The Brazos County Health District has been in communication with the facility, and from these conversations, they have notified us of the precautions they are taking," Brazos County Health said yesterday after announcing the Sanderson Farms cases. "They are licensed by the US Department of Agriculture, which has been giving the facility education and guidance."

Several Surge Response Teams have already been deployed to locations across the state.