A children’s hospital in Houston, Texas is now accepting adult patients to help provide additional beds for the growing number of COVID-19 patients as cases and hospitalizations in the state continue to rise.
Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston said Monday night that it is providing additional capacity through the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and intensive care beds on its campuses for pediatric and adult patients, according to KHOU.
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Adult patients with COVID-19 will be cared for in an expanded special isolation unit at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus in the city of Katy, just outside Houston. The hospital also admits adults who do not have COVID-19 to help hospitals free up bed space for COVID-19 patients.
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“Just like that, in Houston, we pediatricians at Texas Children’s Hospital will now begin to see adult patients. I am up for the challenge, but please help us. #Wearamask and stay home. I guess it’s time to remove my giraffe reflex hammer … “, Shubhada Hooli, a doctor at Texas Children’s Hospital, tweeted Monday night.
Other hospitals in the Houston area are also preparing to activate their surge plans to expand the available ICU beds beyond normal capacities.
On Monday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner expressed concern over the increase in coronavirus cases in the city, saying “we are moving very fast in the wrong direction.” according to ABC 13.
His comments Monday came as the city reported 1,789 new cases of COVID-19, adding to the city’s total of 14,322.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) said Monday that the state’s rates of coronavirus hospitalizations averaged more than 3,200 per day for the past four to five days, a significant jump from the second half of May when about 1,600 people were hospitalized daily.
Cases increased to an average of 3,500 per day in Texas in the past five days, Abbott said, an increase of about 1,500 positive cases per day in the second half of May.
According to the Texas Department of Health Services (DSHS), as of Monday, the state had tracked nearly 115,000 positive cases of the coronavirus with nearly 2,200 deaths.
However, the governor said Texas would remain open to business, emphasizing the need for residents to wear masks, wash their hands, and maintain social distance to stop the spread of the virus.
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