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.
“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.
“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.”
The data show an upward battle to curb the pandemic
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.
“I am committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of all Texans,” Paxton said on Twitter.
“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.
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.