Local officials ask state for temporary hospital at DSSLC

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Denton Mayor Chris Watts addresses the media during a press conference about new “stay-at-home” mandates on Tuesday. Denton County Judge Andy Eads stands to his right (photo courtesy of Denton County).

Denton County Judge Andy Eads and Denton Mayor Chris Watts are asking Gov. Greg Abbott for an on-site hospital at Denton State Supported Living Center.

Six people at the DSSLC have been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 440 residents live at DSSLC, and 1,400 staff members work there.

Eads and Watts wrote a letter to the Governor’s office Tuesday, warning that an outbreak at the DSSLC could quickly overwhelm health care workers. The residents and employees “are at great risk for a rapid devastating spread of COVID-19,” they wrote.

“Many resident have pre-existing health conditions that leave them especially vulnerable diseases that have a disproportionate mortality on the medically compromised,” the letter said. All facility residents … require a level of care that surpasses that of a typical person.”

Eads and Watts “implore” Abbott to set up a temporary, onsite hospital for the state-operated and funded facility.

State Senator Jane Nelson and Rep. Lynn Stucky support the request, according to the letter.

The Governor’s office has received and is reviewing the letter, a spokesman said.

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