Abbott says Texas has ‘abundant’ capacity as more coronavirus patients are hospitalized

HOUSTON – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday he is confident Texas has enough beds to handle the recent increase in the hospitalization of coronavirus patients.

Abbott, along with his panel of experts, talked about the number of COVID-19 patients who have been hospitalized after Texas set a record Monday for the largest single-day increase in hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

“We’re here today to let Texans know about the abundant hospital capacity that exists to treat Texans who may test positive for COVID-19,” Abbott said.

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The governor said the goal of slowing the spread of the coronavirus and preventing the state’s hospitals from being overwhelmed during the start of the outbreak has been achieved.

Dr. John Hellerstedt, state health commissioner, agreed with the governor’s assessment. However, he said the vast majority of Texans have not contracted COVID-19 and do not have a potential immunity to it. He said that means if people let down their guard, another wave of the virus is possible.

“The possibility that things could flare up again and produce a resurgence of COVID-19 that would be a stress on our system, our health care system, is still very real,” Hellerstedt said. “Don’t give up the fight.”

Gov. Abbott discusses increase in coronavirus hospitalizations

Gov. Abbott talks about the increase in coronavirus hospitalizations.

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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