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A Covid-19 outbreak among residents and staff at a nursing home in Azle grew in part due to a lack of basic safety measures until after the sickness arrived, according to an employee and family members of residents.

At least 60 of about 120 Azle Manor residents are believed to have COVID-19, filling three out of six halls in the facility, the employee, who is a nurse, said. A total of 25 nurses and certified nursing assistants with the virus have been asked to go home, the nurse said.

Three family members of residents told the Star-Telegram officials informed them in phone calls later on July 15 that their loved ones had tested positive and were moved to one of the isolated halls. The news, they said, came as a shock — especially because for weeks they had believed there was only one case, which was under control.

A woman whose mother lives in the facility said she wasn’t too concerned when an official called her on July 6 to tell her one resident had tested positive and everyone would be tested. But last week, having received no updates from Azle Manor, she started seeing social media posts about a crisis unfolding at the nursing home. On the night of July 15, she got the call that her mother, who is in her late 80s, had COVID-19.

The woman said she began messaging with nurses over Facebook who told her about the approximate size of the outbreak and growing discontent among staff.

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