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Dr. David Persse, health authority for the Houston Health Department, discusses what hospitals in the Houston area are dealing with in the midst of a spike in coronavirus cases.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered all licensed hospitals in counties that include major cities such as San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Austin to postpone elective procedures in order to protect hospital capacity for Covid-19 patients.
The order applies to all “surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death...,” according to an executive order signed by the governor.
Texas is one of several states mostly across the American South and West experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. There are currently 4,389 Covid-19 patients hospitalized statewide in Texas, up from 2,793 a week ago, according to the state’s health department.Some hospitals in the Houston area, in particular, are nearing capacity.
For example, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston said earlier this week it will begin to admit adult patients to alleviate burdened hospitals in the area.
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