Greg Abbott Asks Healthcare Professionals For Assist With COVID Surges – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Value
What you should know
- Governor Greg Abbott said Texas will use recruiting agencies to find medical staff from overseas to help with the COVID-19 wave
- He urged hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective surgeries to make more room for coronavirus patients
- Texas will increase the availability of vaccines nationwide
Texas will ask health workers from other states to help with its surge in COVID-19 cases and urge hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective surgeries to make room for coronavirus patients, Governor Greg Abbott (R) said Monday.
In addition, the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services will open additional COVID-19 antibody transfusion centers in the state. There, patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus but do not need a hospital stay can be treated with therapeutic drugs.
Abbott waited until the third paragraph of his order to encourage Texans to vaccinate and never mentioned the use of face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus and its variants.
The governor said the aforementioned agencies would increase vaccine availability across the state. The state has set up a website that residents can use to search for a vaccine.
The TDEM also has a mobile vaccination program which you can contact here or by calling 844-90-TEXAS and choosing option 3. Texans at home can call the same number and choose option 1 to request a home vaccination.
“The state of Texas is taking action to combat the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and ensure our hospitals and communities have the resources and support they need to contain the virus,” Abbott said in a written statement. “Texans can support our efforts by getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and is our best defense against this virus. Texans can find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near them at covidvaccine.texas.gov. “
The governor is taking action to repeal his emergency ordinance prohibiting county and local government authorities from requiring the wear of masks and social distancing to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The Republican has repeatedly said that Texans have the information and intelligence to make their own decisions about what steps to take to protect their health and the health of those around them.
The seven-day average of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas was over 10,000 for three consecutive days. Before Saturday, the average hadn’t hit 10,000 or more since Feb. 8.
Similarly, 9,462 patients with the coronavirus were hospitalized on Monday, most since February 6.
Last summer, when the number of new cases averaged around 3,500 a day and hospital admissions were around 3,400 nationwide, Abbott said, “COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas and needs to be contained.”
“Wearing a mask will help us keep Texas open,” Abbott said in June 2020. “If we don’t take steps to slow the spread, COVID will spread even worse and put people’s lives at risk … our goal is to keep Texans out of hospitals and to reduce the number of Texans who test positive. “
Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council President Stephen Love made the following statement Monday night.
“The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council thanks Governor Abbott for directing DSHS to work with much-needed staff to complement North Texas with excellent hospital executives who control patient flow and patient acuity, and postpone or delay certain procedures as necessary Maximize the capacity and personnel to provide the best possible care for the residents of North Texas. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month recommended that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in locations with high COVID-19 transmission rates. The agency also recommended children wear masks in schools this fall.