Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a new Executive Order today to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Texas faces a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services says the number of people in hospitals with COVID-19 across the state has more than doubled over the past two weeks.
The Governor’s order suspends elective surgeries at hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties.
Under this order, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.
“As Texas faces a rise in COVID-19 cases, we are focused on both slowing the spread of this virus and maintaining sufficient hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients,” said Governor Abbott. “These four counties have experienced significant increases in people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that the hospitals in these counties continue to have ample supply of available beds to treat COVID-19 patients. As we work to contain this virus, I urge all Texans to do their part to help contain the spread by washing their hands regularly, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing.”
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services says hospitals in North Texas had 1,130 COVID-19 patients Thursday morning. Hospitals had 3,113 available beds (about 69% of beds are occupied), 405 available ICU beds and 1,271 available ventilators (about 38 percent of ventilators are in use).