The number of people fed up with Covid-19 in Texas hospitals hit new highs on Wednesday, up about 11% in one day.
The state has 2,793 patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection, compared with the 2,518 patients reported on Tuesday, according to an update from the Texas Department of Health. The general environment marks the eighth new high in the state in less than two weeks. The number of Texas coronavirus hospital admissions has increased by more than 84% since memorial as the state continues to open.
Coronavirus hospital admissions, like new cases and deaths, are considered a key indicator of an outbreak. because it helps scientists evaluate how serious it can be. In recent weeks, some state leaders and federal authorities have downplayed the recent increase in the number of cases and hospital admissions in the United States, linking this to increased testing.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott defended the Texas opening plan, pointing out the total number of hospital beds available and the ability to increase capacity if necessary.
As of Wednesday, a total of 13,815 beds and 1,473 beds were available in the intensive care units for seriously ill patients, compared to 14,993 beds and 1,675 beds on Tuesday, according to state data.
According to Abbott, while the increased workload of hospitals is a concern, hospital capacity in the state remains at “the lowest threat level.” “We have enough space to expand the beds, there are thousands of hospital beds that are available, as we say right now,” he said.
Abbott said that after Memorial Day, the number of reported cases of Covid-19 increased, and this increase is likely due to people who did not follow the recommended methods of social distance. He also added that part of the growth could be due to the fact that the staff has expanded testing, especially in group homes and correctional facilities.
Angela Klendenin, an epidemiologist at A&M University of Texas who is involved in locally-based contact finding, said on Wednesday that the recent surge “is a concern.”
“We do not want this to get out of hand,” Klendenin said.
Dr. John Hellerstedt, Texas State Department of Health Commissioner, said on Tuesday that there are residents who believe that it is not important to continue to follow the recommended health precautions against Covid-19, and “nothing could be further from the truth.” These measures include wearing face protection, washing your hands, and maintaining distance from each other.
“The likelihood that the situation could worsen again and cause a rebound in Covid-19, which will become a stress for our healthcare system, is still very real,” said Hellerstedt.
Infectious disease specialists and scientists note that in the United States and other parts of the world, there will likely be an increase in the number of cases until treatment or an effective vaccine is proven.
“Before the vaccine becomes widely available, we can only hope that … the pathogen will become less dangerous and people will treat it like seasonal flu,” said Yanzhong Huang, a public health researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations and Director, Center for Global Medical Research at Seton Hall University.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that states might need to redefine the stringent social distance measures that were taken earlier this year if coronavirus cases in the US “soar.”
“Communities are currently experiencing varying levels of transmission as they gradually weaken community mitigation efforts and reopen them,” JC Butler, CDC Deputy Director for Communicable Diseases, told reporters during a press briefing.
– CNBC Nate Rattner and Will feyer contributed to this article.