Local hospitals preparing for increase in COVID-19 patients

Hospitals prepare for surge of patients following holiday
Hospitals prepare for surge of patients following holiday

HOUSTON – As numbers begin to climb, hospitals in our area say they’re bracing for impact.


At Memorial Hermann, they say they are planning for a significant rise in numbers because of holiday gatherings.

“I don’t think there’s anyone studying this carefully that does not think that’s going to happen. We are absolutely going to have a rise, we are without question going to see a significant increase in hospitalizations. I think we’re going to see a shift in the age because of family units gathering and the folks who have been really careful kind of getting together with their families … We’ve had a steady increase over the last couple of weeks and the trajectory of that is not changing yet,” said physician executive for the Memorial Hermann Health System, Dr. James McCarthy.


While Ben Taub General Hospital said their ICU capacity is manageable, as cases continue to climb, “that will certainly change.”


The same grim warning comes from Methodist who says almost 400 of their hospital beds are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients and since recently getting approval to administer an antibody concoction, they said they treated 24 patients with it on Friday alone.