Texas fire department to test for COVID-19, train other departments as part of state Strike Force reopening effort

  • Source: The Dallas Morning News
  • Published: 05/22/2020 12:00 AM

The McKinney Fire Department will be at Belterra Health and Rehab on Friday morning, testing 200 residents and staff members for the novel coronavirus in an effort to curb its spread. This is the first testing related to Governor Greg Abbot’s Strike Force Plan to Open Texas, according to the department. As part of that plan, members of the fire department will also train firefighters from neighboring communities on how to conduct testing in the cities where they work. “The McKinney Fire Department is working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially through nursing homes and similar facilities where people are most at risk,” McKinney Fire Department EMS Chief Charlie Skaggs said in a news release. “We hope our training will also help neighboring communities in their fight to protect residents.”


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