With novel coronavirus cases in Texas approaching nearly 161,900, hospitals in Houston, the county seat of Harris County, are moving patients to facilities outside the city in a bid to cope with the surge in COVID-19-related cases and lack of beds.
Harris Health System, which operates Houston’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital, has transferred patients to the University of Texas Medical Branch in the cities of Galveston and Conroe as well as the Woodlands community in a scramble to find beds for patients, Houston’s ABC13 reported.
Harris County is home to the highest portion of the state’s total confirmed cases, with 31,422 infections, 20,300 of which are in Houston, according to the latest report Tuesday by Harris County Public Health.
*HOUSTON-AREA ICUS REACH 102% OF CAPACITY: TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER
— Emma Kinery (@EmmaKinery) July 1, 2020
One of Houston’s public hospitals ran out of beds for COVID-19 patients — and a key drug needed to treat them. A dozen patients needing ICU care were boarded in the ER for hours Sunday, awaiting transfers.
Hospitals here are already feeling the strain. https://t.co/K9kFVkLPyz
— Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike_Hixenbaugh) July 1, 2020
INSIDE THE ICU: @KPRC2Jacob is only #Houston reporter to go inside major hospital as it converts regular beds to ICU beds, ahead of surge in #Covid19. “More and more of the patients are ending up on the ventilators,” the Chief Med Officer said. https://t.co/fyaKud332a @KPRC2
— Aaron Fernandez-Wische (@KPRC2Aaron) July 1, 2020
At Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, the medical staff ran out of both space for new coronavirus patients and remdesivir to treat them. A dozen COVID-19 patients who were in need of intensive care were stuck in the emergency room. Our story: https://t.co/enIgtHuz95
— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) July 1, 2020