Hospitals fill in Texas, Mississippi due to COVID-19
The surge of COVID-19 activity in the United States that began with increased transmission in early July is now causing hospitals to fill in several Southern states.
In Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has made both mask and vaccine mandates illegal, has asked hospitals in the state to stop non-emergency procedures in an effort to free up space for COVID-19 patients.
Abbott tweeted that he has also brought in medical staffing from outside of Texas to help hospitals, and directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to open additional COVID-19 antibody infusion centers in communities across the state. Abbott said he hopes these infusion centers will prevent moderately ill patients from becoming sick enough for hospitalization.
Currently 9,500 Texans are hospitalized with the virus.
In Mississippi yesterday, state leaders said there are no intensive care unit beds left in the state due to climbing COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger. The state is averaging about 2,300 new cases a day.
The United States reported 184,346 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 492 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. The 7-day average of new daily cases is 124,470, according to the New York Times tracker.