In light of a new wave of cases in various counties throughout Texas, Governor Abbott has released an executive order that suspends elective surgeries in the hot spot counties of Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis.
The suspension is aimed at ensuring adequate hospital bed availability to handle the increase in cornavirus cases.
“As Texas faces a rise in COVID-19 cases, we are focused on both slowing the spread of this virus and maintaining sufficient hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients,” said Abbott. “These four counties have experienced significant increases in people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that the hospitals in these counties continue to have ample supply of available beds to treat COVID-19 patients. As we work to contain this virus, I urge all Texans to do their part to help contain the spread by washing their hands regularly, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing.”
Some surgeries may continue under the order, but they must be to correct serious medical conditions. This determination may be made by the patient’s physician.
The governor also stated that he may add or subtract to the list of counties under the order.
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