At one of the facilities, in Denton, 50 residents are sick, as well as 23 staff members. And the facility in Richmond, Texas, announced Monday that two of its residents also tested positive.
Beth Mitchell is supervising attorney for Disability Rights Texas, an advocacy organization that monitors state supported living centers around the state. Mitchell says all of the state’s centers are on lockdown, which means no one, including family members of those who live in the facilities, can visit.
Each of the 13 centers house approximately 250 adults. They live with roommates and share common areas for meals and recreation. Because of this arrangement, social distancing is impractical inside the facilities.