Hospitals in Texas are facing some capacity problems after an increase of 165 percent of COVID cases were recorded in the state for the past two weeks.
Based on the latest data released by the Johns Hopkins University 8,533 COVID-19 cases were recorded in the state with roughly 45 percent of Texas’ population fully vaccinated for the coronavirus.
Sources said due to the rising cases of COVID, a county-owned hospital in Houston had to start pitching tents for their COVID-19 patient overflow.
The officials of Houston hospitals also revealed last week that their hospitals had insufficient beds and nurses to serve the overwhelming number of patients.
To remedy the situation, the Texas governor has asked for out-of-state help to fight the third wave of COVID-19 in Texas.
It was also reported that private hospitals in the county were requiring their staff to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Initial studies have shown that the rising cases of COVID in the state are caused by the deadly Delta variant.
To ensure that hospitals can do their job well, the Republican governor has directed the Texas Department of State Health Services to use staffing agencies to find additional medical staff from beyond the state’s borders as the delta wave began to overwhelm its present staffing resources.
He also has sent a letter to the Texas Hospital Association to request that hospitals postpone all elective medical procedures voluntarily.
Moreover, the governor has also directed the state health department and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to open additional COVID-19 antibody infusion centers to treat patients not needing hospital care and expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to the state’s underserved communities.