Houston, Texas, hospitals are on their way to overcrowding in about two weeks due to rising cases of coronavirus, said Mayor Sylvester Turner on Sunday.
“The number of people who get sick and go to hospitals has increased exponentially. The number of people in our ICU beds has increased exponentially, ”Turner told CBS“ Face The Nation. ” “In fact, if we do not cope with this virus quickly, in about two weeks our hospital system may face serious, serious problems.”
On Saturday in Texas, a record number of new cases of coronavirus were reported, reporting that 8,258 people had been infected in 24 hours. According to data provided by state health officials, some 200,000 in the state have tested positive, including more than 35,000 in Harris County, where Houston is located. At least 2,608 people in the state have died from this disease.
In Houston, the percentage of tests for a virus returning positive rose to almost 25%. Turner said that people of color were disproportionately influenced, especially Hispanics.
Democrat Turner said the main problem facing Houston hospitals is staffing, not shortage of beds.
“We can always provide extra beds, but we need people, nurses and everyone else, medical staff to equip these beds. This is a critical point now, ”Turner said.
Daily new cases in the United States have risen sharply in recent weeks, threatening a nascent economic recovery. The virus spread especially rapidly throughout the Sun belt after it hit the northeast at the beginning of the year.
According to the Census Bureau, Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States with a population of about 2.3 million.
About 37 states, including Texas, report an increase in daily cases. Although the number of new cases has risen sharply, it remains unclear what the mortality rate from new infections will be, as in many states health workers report that younger people make up the majority of cases.
Turner called the Covid-19 “an offender of equal opportunity” and said in Houston that “this is one of their 20s in the 90s is exposed.”
“If you gather in the immediate vicinity, you will infect this virus,” he said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, suspended the state’s resumption last month due to a surge in infections, ordering bars and restaurants to close to limit bandwidth.
On Thursday, Abbott issued an order prescribing disguise of a person in public places and allowing local officials to impose restrictions on meetings of more than 10 people.
“We have the opportunity to keep the business open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to get paid, but it requires each of us to contribute to protecting each other – and that means wearing facial coverage in public places,” Abbott said. time.