Hospitals Worry About Spike In Patients As Schools Reopen

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Hospitals in North Texas still have open beds, but the DFW Hospital Council says 14.6% of all hospital patients in the region are being treated for COVID-19.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says 1,576 patients are in hospitals for COVID-19 across the region.

"We're at a plateau, but that's a high plateau," says DFW Hospital Council President Stephen Love. "We're doing everything we can to stop that community spread. We need to tamp it down, especially before school starts back."

Love says districts that are reopening may see COVID-19 spread among employees.

"Talking to infectious disease physicians, they're worried about the adults. They're worried about the teachers, the staff, the administration, the parents, the bus drivers. Please wear a mask at all times on school premises," he says. "Many times, the kids may have COVID-19 and not display any symptoms whatsoever. They could spread it, and the adults would be at risk."

Love also says 659,000 Texans lost health insurance between February and May. He says people may not be able to afford COBRA and are now uninsured. Love says hospitals will not deny treatment, but he says 30% of adults in Texas now have no insurance.

"I think this is definitely going to make the next legislative session a session where we have to focus on coverage," he says. "That includes a Medicaid expansion."

Tuesday, hospitals in North Texas reported 1,576 COVID-19 patients, 2,547 open beds, 282 available ICU beds and 1,705 available ventilators.