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Gov. Abbott says hospitals can put off surgeries to make room for new COVID hospitalizations

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday to put off certain elective surgeries to free up bends for increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations.

This comes after the governor will not allow schools or local governments to mandate masks or vaccinations. There are additional COVID-19 antibody infusion centers in an attempt to treat COVID-19 patients with therapeutic drugs as well as keep them from hospitalization. The governor directed agencies to increase the availability of vaccinations throughout the state.

There is not a call or additional health care workers, but cities and counties can rely on federal stimulus to pay for additional workers if needed. Cases have spiked to new levels in Texas. Hospitalizations are up and larger than a surge last winter. Some of the multicounty trauma service regions have less than five beds open in the ICU. Meanwhile, there is an extension on emergency food stamps for the month of August.

The Governor remains firm on the stance of government mandates and that Texans should be free to protect themselves in a manner they feel necessary. The ratio of cases to tests in the state remains at 18.4%. The vaccination rate for Texans remains at 44.4% as of last Saturday (Texas Tribune). 

ARTICLE: MAUREEN MCGAURAN

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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