Texas’ two largest state supported residential homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities now have positive cases of COVID-19. 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.
“You have the residents who don’t leave, so they are the ones who are potentially causing the community spread,” Mitchell says. “Where the community spread comes from is from the staff that do go home every day.”