Abbott: 142% increase in available hospital beds for coronavirus

Apr 3, 2020 by

4.3.20 – Austin American-Statesman

“Abbott: 142% increase in available hospital beds for coronavirus”

By Nicole Cobler 

https://www.statesman.com/news/20200403/abbott-142-increase-in-available-hospital-beds-for-coronavirus

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER: As of today, thankfully only 90 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas. The population of Texas is approximately 29,000,000 people. Texas data shows that 10.5% of COVID-19 tests are positive for the virus.  That means about 1 out of 10 people who are tested for COVID-19 are testing positive.]

We need to keep the prayers going.

To track the number of deaths by county in Texas, please go to:  https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83]

Excerpts from this article:

…Gov. Greg Abbott said the state’s bed capacity for coronavirus patients has grown by 142%.

There are now 19,695 beds available, Abbott told reporters at the Capitol Friday afternoon.

Abbott said 827 people have been hospitalized because of the coronavirus, a rate of 15% for those who have tested positive.

…On Sunday, Abbott said there were 176 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Texas.

Abbott also said Sunday that just 2% of available hospital beds statewide for COVID-19 patients were occupied.

Out of 50,679 tests, there are 5,330 known cases of COVID-19 around the state, or 661 new cases since Thursday, according to the agency. [Only 10.5% of COVID-19 tests are positive for the virus. That means about 1 out of 10 people who are tested for COVID-19 are testing positive.]

Travis County reported 46 new COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon. Three hundred fifty-one people in the county have now tested positive for the virus, and officials said that 58 of those people are being treated in hospitals. [Travis County:  Only 16.5% of COVID-19 patients required hospitalization.]

State officials are assessing available space in Austin and other cities for use as field hospitals. The first such space identified is the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, to be modified to include 250 beds, with expansion to 1,400 beds possible, officials said.

Officials announced on Monday that they are designating two facilities, with about 100 beds total — one in Williamson County and the other in Travis County — to isolate and treat nursing home residents who test positive for COVID-19 but do not require hospitalization. More isolation facilities could open in the future.

The number of statewide fatalities related to COVID-19 jumped to 90 on Friday, a 20-person increase from the previous day. It was just 23 one week ago.

The department releases new numbers each midday.

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