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As the number of patients with COVID-19 surges in hospitals in the San Antonio area, a bipartisan group of local legislators has given Governor Greg Abbott more health care workers to fill the staff shortage in the Omicron wave. I am calling for you to be dispatched.
“If there is a big surge due to people refusing to vaccinate or wear masks, we need help,” said Senator Jose Menendez. “As a state leader, as a state chief executive officer, he [Abbott] You need to step up and find a way to help us. “
Abbott’s representative introduced a request for comment to the Texas Health Department, which did not respond on Friday.
Officials in major metropolitan areas of Texas are increasingly scrambling to find healthcare professionals to address the wave of patients with COVID-19 caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant. .. Due to health care worker burnout, industry withdrawal, and staff infections, hospitals are burdened with the influx of new COVID-19 patients.
This week, San Antonio officials warned of a shortage of staff as local hospitals were at stake. In the two weeks leading up to Thursday, Bexer County experienced a surge in new COVID-19 cases among the largest counties in Texas.
As of Friday night, hospitals in the San Antonio area had more than 1,000 coronavirus patients. According to city data, it is more than five times the number of such patients in beds in the area on December 24th.
Meanwhile, according to a letter co-authored by Democratic Menendez, hundreds of nurses in Bexar County hospitals are sick every day because they are infected with the virus. 13 other local councilors, including Republican Donna Campbell and Steve Allison.
With the surge in Omicron, the number of additional health care workers the region needs to address staff shortages is unknown. Last week, Abbott sent about 411 nurses and respiratory therapists to a hospital in Bexar County, but that’s not enough, local officials said.
“According to experts, the number of cases will continue to increase dramatically as the Omicron variants have not yet peaked,” the letter said. “We need additional help to bring our hospital system to life and provide care to inpatients.”
A bipartisan letter confirms a similar request made earlier this week by Mayor of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff of Bexar County.
“As the hospitalization of COVID-19 patients continues to increase rapidly, we will soon reach the capacity of our hospital,” Nirenberg and Wolff wrote to Abbott on Monday.
Some staff are not waiting for Abbott’s help. In Houston, Harris County commissioners this week approved a $ 40 million contract to hire more than 600 nurses to back up regional hospitals.
Meanwhile, healthcare professionals are facing déjà vu from their previous surge. In San Antonio’s University Health System, many staff are required to take extra shifts and work for several days in a row without holidays, spokesman Elizabeth Allen said.
As happened early in the pandemic, the public hospital system had to postpone non-urgent selective surgery. However, staff are in a tense state — dealing with typical health emergencies such as heart attacks, car accidents, strokes, and COVID-19 surges.
“It’s like we went around completely in some weird way,” Allen said.
Karen Brooks Harper contributed to this report.
Hundreds of nurses are sick, so Congressmen San Antonio of both parties are seeking the help of the governor to staff the hospital.
Source link Hundreds of nurses are sick, so Congressmen San Antonio of both parties are seeking the help of the governor to staff the hospital.