Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that the State of Texas has partnered with Omnicare, a CVS Health company, to provide COVID-19 point-of-care testing for assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the state.
The governor says the partnership will provide on-site same-day testing and results for both faculty, staff and residents.
"This partnership with Omnicare and CVS Health will increase COVID-19 testing in our assisted living facilities and nursing homes and help us protect vulnerable Texans from COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Our collaboration with public and private entities is crucial to ramping up testing in Texas and mitigating the spread of this virus—especially among our most vulnerable populations."
"At Omnicare, we are continuously exploring solutions to directly address availability and access to COVID-19 testing for the long-term-care industry," said Jim Love, Omnicare President. "We recognize the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on these critically important healthcare facilities and their highly vulnerable patient population, and we are determined to be part of the solution as demand for testing continues to grow in this sector."
Testing began on July 9 and the state has a goal of 100,000 tests processed in the first month.
State testing teams completed testing of all nursing home staff and residents in June at the direction of Governor Abbott. Omnicare will begin testing in nursing homes next week.