Officials are reporting a hospital in Texas has to make some difficult decisions for its patients.
Health and government officials in Starr County announced they are building committees to review patients’ cases at the Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City.
Dr. Jose Vasquez, the county’s health authority, said at least 50 of the patients in the hospital’s emergency room have tested positive for coronavirus.
“The situation is desperate,” Vasquez said.
Officials in the county reported that they saw an increase in positive cases back in June.
In the COVID-19 unit, the hospital quickly filled the eight beds. Instantly, medical officials expanded to 17 and then 29 beds.
"Unfortunately, Starr County Memorial Hospital has limited resources and our doctors are going to have to decide who receives treatment, and who is sent home to die by their loved ones," Starr County Judge Eloy Vera wrote in a Facebook post. "This is what we did not want our community to experience."
Vazquez shared that it was a difficult choice to review cases with limited resources. Officials have to pick who has “the best chance” of survival.
“Those patients who most certainly don’t have any hope of improving, we believe they are better taken care of within their own family in the love of their own home rather than thousands of miles away, dying in a hospital room alone,” Vasquez said.
Starr County reported that 40 new cases were confirmed on July 23. Local health officials said there had been 17 deaths linked to COVID-19, and 32 are pending state confirmation.