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As the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 spreads and sends unvaccinated jeans to the hospital with serious illnesses, hospitals are under enormous pressure to make way for a growing number of patients.
Each week, Texas hospitals report the current capacity of the ICU bed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here is the most recent situation between Friday 13 August and Thursday 19 August:
Hospital staff have never been in short supply, deepening the tension in all departments, including emergency rooms, respiratory therapy and even childbirth and childbirth. Without the ability to welcome new patients (and equally thin resources elsewhere to transfer them), doctors fear they will have to start making heartbreaking decisions about care to save as many lives as possible.
According to the federal government, weekly ICU capacity figures should not deter patients from seeking medical attention at these facilities. “Hospitals have established protocols to keep patients safe from exposure and ensure all patients have priority for care,” the agency said in December.
The vast majority of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals and ICUs are not vaccinated. Doctors say that the use of masks, hand washing and social distancing are the best ways to slow the number of hospitals in the short term and that monoclonal antibody therapies for people with COVID-19 symptoms can keep them out of the hospital in many cases. They also claim that the only way to permanently slow down the hospitalization record is to vaccinate most of the state.
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