AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Mayo Children’s Clinic reopened Tuesday after a year-long closure due to an outbreak of the coronavirus.
The clinic, which was once the state’s largest, has been operating on a voluntary basis for nearly a year.
The Mayo clinic closed this year because it was unable to secure the funding necessary to reopen, said Dr. Stephen L. Miller, the clinic’s chief executive officer.
The facility, which has more than 200,000 patients, was forced to lay off more than half its staff as of Friday because of the outbreak.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 7.7 million Americans have been infected with the coronivirus.
Dr. Miller says the closure was the result of a partnership between the Mayo Clinic and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The outbreak was linked to patients who visited the clinic.
Miller said he expects the number of patients who had their healthcare needs met at the clinic to drop, but it will take time to assess the impact of the closure.
The city of Austin is now in charge of the state-run clinics, which have become a lifeline for many people who are in need of health care.
A total of 11 state-operated clinics have closed in the U.s., and three of those are in Texas.
The Texas Health Department has estimated that more than 10,000 people have died in Texas due to the coronvirus. ____