US Military Sends Help For Swamped Texas Hospitals

The San Antonio Express-News reports:

The United States military is sending nurses and respiratory specialists to San Antonio as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge in the city. On Monday, the U.S. Northern Command said approximately 50 medical and support personnel from from Colorado would be deployed.

The personnel will “provide medical assistance by embedding in medical care facilities in the San Antonio, Texas area,” the military said. According to the statement, the decision was made at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The medical personnel include emergency room and critical care nurses as well as respiratory specialists. For more than two weeks, San Antonio has experienced some of the fastest COVID-19 case growth in the country, ranking fifth in the U.S. and first among large Texas cities.

CNN reports:

Texas has seen over 194,900 cases and 2,600 deaths from the virus, making it one of the leaders among the 32 states reporting higher rates of new cases this week compared to the last, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The state is expected to see nearly 2,000 new hospitalizations per day by mid-July, according to forecasts published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The military isn’t alone in taking bolder steps to address the state’s outbreak. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, issued an executive order Thursday requiring masks to be worn in public spaces in counties with 20 or more Covid-19 cases.