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Hospitals in some parts of the state are filled with patients with coronaviruses, which worries health officials who say Texas may be on the verge of another boom after a relative plateau in September.
The number of coronovirus patients hospitalized has increased in parts of the state, including West Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Pondall and El Paso, where hospitals have periodically reached a high and mayor. Warn “Unprecedented number of new cases.”
This week Judge Clay Jenkins of Dallas County Pointed out More patients with COVID-19 are being admitted to hospitals and climbed as infections, including school-aged children, with the area’s coronovirus risk level as red – the highest risk.
“Unfortunately, we are currently going in the wrong direction,” Jenkins said.
Experts blame social events like birthday parties and sports day celebrations For recent upticks, and they say there is widespread fatigue to follow strict guidelines for wearing masks, practicing social distance, and avoiding crowded indoor spaces. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited a small family celebrations this week as a “growing threat”.
A wave of infections and hospitals swept Texas this summer, overwhelming the hospitals along the US-Mexico border. Officials worry that another flare may loom as Texas prepares to celebrate the holidays.
“We do not have any identified hot spots or major outbreaks. We have lots and lots of community broadcasts, ”said Cami Staughton, director of Amarillo Public Health, which this week upgraded its local threat levels to red.
According to the Department of State Health Services, there were at least 4,263 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals on Thursday, still less than the 10,000-plus Texas hospitalized for the virus in July.
The Republican Gov. as soon as the Texans enter the eighth month after the affairs of the state are exposed. Greg Abbott has allowed areas where less than 15% of hospitalized patients have coronoviruses to reopen at half their capacity if local authorities allow it, and establishments such as amusement parks and movie theaters More patrons in.
Until now, major counties such as Dallas, Harris and Travis have been reluctant to reduce the spread of a virus that claims to reduce the spread of a virus that claims to exceed 16,800 live in Texas and skyrocket unemployment claims.
McClennen County Judge Scott Felton gave permission to reopen this week on the advice of the local health authority, who said the area remained a “hot spot” and that a strip is the “worst case scenario” when considering broadcasting.
Not all parts of the state are seeing an increase in hospitalized coronovirus patients. The most recent upticks are generally concentrated in the areas that are worst protected from epidemics this summer.
“Places that did not pass through their big summer wave are now experiencing waves. This is a pattern that we are seeing, ”Dr. Luis Ostrowski is a professor of infectious disease with McGovern Medical School at UThall and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
He said one reason for this is “epidemic fatigue,” with fewer people wearing masks or practicing social discrimination. “They don’t see people getting sick around them, and they’re just starting to get a little bit more,” Ostrowski said.
Lubbock has more COVID-19 hospitals than ever before, and at least one hospital is full. Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council President Stephen Love said north-central Texas has seen a nearly 30% increase in coronovirus hospitalization since September.
When the president of the Texas College of Emergency Physician, Drs. Robert Hancock recently tried to transfer a patient from Oklahoma Hospital for specialized care if he could not find a facility in North Texas that had an open ICU bed with staff to support him. . The patient eventually had to stay at Oklahoma Hospital with doctors and nurses who were left with “the best we can do,” said Hancock, an emergency room physician practicing in Oklahoma, Emerillo and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Although hospitals may have open beds or be able to double the capacity of their intensive care unit, they worry that they may not have the staffing necessary to contend with the increase.
According to health officials and doctors, many of the hospitalized patients are aged and ill, and are being inadvertently infected by younger family members who have resumed school or social activities.
For example, Hancock stated that he “put a woman on the vent the other night who did not leave her house [the pandemic] started.”
“But all his family members come to see him. So it was undoubtedly one of the family members who brought it to him, ”he said.
“I sincerely hope that it gets a lot worse,” he said.
In Lubbock – home to Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University – health officials say the growth in most older residents’ hospitals has lagged since a few weeks when they saw infections between teenagers and young adults.
Earlier this year, when repeated cases spike, Mirror said to Catherine Wells, the city’s director of public health.
“He shifted a bit to the older population, then things went down again,” she said. He said that the resumption of classes has led to another increase – larger than this summer – that officials are now seeing “steps for the older population”.
He worries about flu-season infections and hospitalizations – which can lead to further stress in hospitals – and he is a “regional hub” for patients in “small community hospitals” between Albuquerque and Dallas. How can Lubbock limit the capacity of hospitals to function as a team? Special or more advanced care is required.
Dr. Ron Cook, a professor at the City of Lubbock’s Health Authority and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, said “people are tired of being cooped up” and are less fearful of the virus than they might be in their early months. There has been an increasingly “lackluster” approach to safety precautions, with people who refuse to wear masks and feel that some people are “we are three quarters on it” as businesses can open at 75% capacity. Health experts say that wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of the virus.
“Not the subject of ‘Game of Thrones’, but winter is coming,” he said, provoking a famous line from the television show. “I’m worried about this because it pushes people indoors and then our spread is worse.”
Cook said that compared to spring, more health workers have become ill with the virus.
Two hours north in Amarillo, representatives from two major hospitals in the city told officials this week that their facilities were “stressed” by the high rate of viral in the community.
The Chief Medical Officer of the hospital, Dr. Brian Weiss said the Northwest Texas Healthcare System had 50 employees on Wednesday because he contracted the virus or was likely to come into contact with it.
City leaders said this week, “On the morning of this week, we have patients on our bed waiting for emergency patients in bed, meaning we don’t have the immediate ability to get them to a patient bed.”
Its Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Lamanter said the other 69 employees at the nearby BSA hospital were also attentive.
“Our people are less at risk of having COVID-19 in the hospital because they are in the community at the moment,” said Lamanter. About 30% of the hospital’s patients were admitted with COVID-19, he said.
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