Texas Covid-19: State faces worsening figures as health officials warn of full ICUs

And amid crises in health facilities, as well as legal battles over the legality of safety measures in schools, recent news of Governor Greg Abbott’s positive test for Covid-19 has punctuated the messages of health officials that jeans should remain alert during the pandemic.
The State Department of Health Services said Texas is in “one of its worst fights” it has faced with the Covid-19, and that mortuary trailers were requested this month as the preparatory maneuver.
“Hospital capacity worries worsening. Fatalities are rising faster,” the department said he said Wednesday. More than 12,400 people have been hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday, according to state data, an increase from 10,791 last Wednesday.

ICU beds are running out and health workers are working frantically to find the space available for those who need it.

At Goodall Witcher Hospital in the city of Clifton, central Texas, officials have difficulty transporting Covid-19 patients who need intensive medical care to other hospitals because they say they are in condition.

Nursing director Joycesarah McCabe told CNN affiliate KWTX that she was calling hospitals across Texas to look for availability. Sometimes calls are made to neighboring states, such as Louisiana or New Mexico.

“We don’t have beds, and then this is the end of the conversation. Some will say, ‘We’re closed, we’re in full detour, we’ve been on full detour for two weeks,'” McCabe told KWTX. phone, there’s someone saying, “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.” Because they know we’re desperate. “

McCabe said staff members themselves have lost relatives or friends while attending care at the rural hospital. “A nurse, a sonographer and one of our doctors lost someone on Saturday or Sunday against Covid. The youngest was 21, the oldest was 38,” McCabe told KWTX.

Justin Squyres, a hospital doctor, told KWTX: “I lost my brother on Saturday. We waited five days to get a bed for the ICU and that never happened.

“I have no way of knowing if an ICU bed would have saved him,” Squyres said. “But he’s not the only one, there are so many others.”

Emergency nurses and EMTs tend to patients in the hallways of Houston The Woodlands Methodist Hospital on August 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas.  Across Houston, hospitals have been forced to care for hundreds of patients in the hallways and aisles as their emergency rooms are overflowing due to the sharp rise in Delta variant cases.

The data show an upward battle to curb the pandemic

Texas DSHS is encouraging residents to get Covid-19 vaccines to prevent the worsening number of infections, saying only 322 ICU beds are available in the state.
“Complete vaccination prevents almost all cases of serious illness, hospitalization and death,” the department said. dit.
Nearly 66% of jeans eligible to receive the vaccine have received at least one dose, according to state data, and 54.7% were completely vaccinated. According to the CDC, this slightly tracks the national average of 70.2% of eligible recipients with at least one dose and 59.6% fully vaccinated.
Younger people across the country have been vaccinated at a slower rate than older people and health experts point to increased inoculation in all age groups as a way to help curb the pandemic.
Covid-19 hospitalization data for children and adults under the age of 50 reaches its highest levels, according to CDC data
The moving average of seven days of vaccinations for children ages 12 to 17 is rising in Texas, DSHS said, which went from an average of about 10,500 vaccines in early July to about 21,500 on Monday. There are now a third of children aged 12 to 17 in the state totally vaccinated, said the department.

However, children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination and Texas has the nation’s largest pediatric Covid-19 hospitalizations at 239, according to the latest data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Florida, which has also been plagued by pediatric infections and received criticism alongside Texas for its refusal by state leaders to allow local mask warrants, had 170 children in hospitals with Covid-19.

Local districts are challenging the ban on the mask mandate

Elected state officials have made no secret that they intend to continue to prevent local school districts from imposing the mandatory use of masks on schools.

A superintendent of the Texas school speaks after the parents approached 2 teachers in masks
This week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office released an updated list of government entities that say they “illegally impose mask warrants” and do not comply with Abbott’s executive order banning government entities, including school districts, require the use of masks.

“I am committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of all Texans,” Paxton said on Twitter.

Some of the entities listed as non-compliant have filed lawsuits that currently operate through the judicial system. A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling upheld Abbott’s order.
However, some districts are backing away from finding solutions outside the courtroom. The Paris Independent School District, located northeast of Dallas, voted to change its current dress code to include masks.

“The board believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues and has therefore amended the PISD dress code to protect our students and employees,” the district said in a statement.

“The Texas governor does not have the authority to usurp the exclusive power and duty of the board of trustees to govern and oversee the management of the district’s public schools,” he said.

Texas Schools Seek Ways to Remove Covid-Positive Governor Abbott's Ban on Mask Warrants

With Abbott, who is fully vaccinated and assured the jeans on Wednesday that he was in a good mood, tested positive for Covid-19, critics highlighted the moment as additional evidence about wearing the mask and caution. Texas Democratic Party President Gilberto Hinojosa urged local governments to continue moving forward with their mandates.

“I wish Governor Abbott well: no one deserves to be sick or suffer from this inflexible virus. My hope is that the governor will realize the vulnerability we have in the face of this health crisis, stop playing politics and do whatever it takes. necessary for the health of all jeans, “Hinojosa said.

“Children’s lives cannot be negotiated for a possible political victory. I congratulate the nearly dozens of school districts and local governments who continue to defy the governor’s orders and, despite strong opposition, decide to do the right thing for the safety of children. our children and communities. “

CNN’s Rosa Flores, Raja Razek, Ray Sanchez, Kay Jones, Nicole Williams and Mallory Simon contributed to this report.