Judge Hidalgo: Texas Medical Center change in ICU bed capacity reporting is alarming

The leaders of Houston’s major hospitals are assuring the public that there are more than enough hospital beds available, to handle COVID-19 patients -- but Harris County judge Lina Hidalgo says that optimistic tone is not entirely accurate.

The Texas Medical Center released In a statement Sunday, saying the following:

“Yesterday, the Texas Medical center posted an incomplete slide deck in order to allow time to fully develop a number of new slides. The new slides as well as a number of updated slides that were absent yesterday will be released later today. Collectively, they will provide a more comprehensive and accurate description of the current status.”

The new slides do not show much change in hospitalizations though.

The TMC ICU beds are at 93% capacity with 31% of those identified as COVID-19 patients. The new information does reveal that the medical centers have the ability to handle another 877 cases or more if needed.

According to the website, they would be accommodated by moving patients into converted rooms.

What Judge Hidalgo is saying about this

Hidalgo had some tough criticism of TMC’s change in data reporting over the weekend.