A Carthage nursing home is re-testing its residents for the coronavirus after it said the Texas Health and Human Services Commission reported testing anomalies.
Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones said Tuesday a total of 38 people at Carthage Healthcare Center had tested positive for COVID-19, with 22 residents and 16 staff members affected.
But Carthage Healthcare Center’s parent company, Senior Living Properties LLC, said in an email Friday that they had been notified that the lab their testing was sent to had testing anomalies and that new testing would be needed.
“Carthage Healthcare Center tests were sent to this lab, therefore we have conducted a new round of tests and hope to get different results,” Amanda Burnett, vice president of operations in East Texas, said.
Also on Tuesday, Jones said she also received confirmation of three other cases from the public. Panola County’s cumulative total is now 240.
“Please continue to pray for our county, especially those residing in and working for our nursing homes,” Jones said.
Jones said Monday she had received confirmation of two additional COVID-19 cases within the general public. The state health department also reported on its website over the weekend that Panola County had seen another COVID-19 death, bringing the county to 23 — but Jones said Monday she had not received confirmation of any additional deaths.