AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin space opened a subject hospital in a conference middle Tuesday as circumstances of the illness brought on by the coronavirus proceed to soar.
The opening got here as state well being officers reported that Texas had surpassed 14,000 hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers for the primary time, in addition to 22,000 extra newly confirmed circumstances.
For now, the Austin subject hospital may have 25 beds and may develop if wanted.
“This Alternate Care Web site in central Texas will scale back the burden on native hospitals and assist make sure that Texans identified with COVID-19 obtain the care they want,” Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned in an announcement.
Dr. Mark Escott, the interim Austin-Travis County well being director, mentioned final week that the conference middle may very well be pressed into service as a subject hospital as circumstances surge from gatherings for the Christmas and New Yr’s holidays.
Different elements of Texas, together with the Rio Grande Valley, opened makeshift hospitals final yr as COVID-19 bore down.
Now Texas is working to quickly ramp up vaccinations. Cities all through the state are utilizing new mass hubs for folks to get pictures, however the effort remains to be restricted by the availability of drugs coming from the federal authorities.
Texas has seen a surge in newly confirmed coronavirus circumstances, hospitalizations and deaths. Nearly 354,000 COVID-19 circumstances have been lively Tuesday, in line with estimates from the Texas Division of State Well being Companies.
Apart from surpassing 14,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations Tuesday, state well being officers reported that 286 new fatalities raised the Texas COVID-19 demise toll to greater than 30,000 because the pandemic began.
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