And one day later, Texas Medical Center (TMC) hospitals stopped reporting important information that highlighted the stress that they were under, the Houston Chronicle claims.
This involved TMC institutions deleting Covid-19 data charts from their websites.
The development comes as states across the US are experiencing a surge in new Covid-19 cases, just a couple of months after the Trump administration announced federal guidelines allowing states to gradually reopen their economies.
Data shows that the cases currently being experienced in Texas are higher than at any other point during the pandemic.
However, Texas governor Greg Abbott has allegedly expressed concern regarding the negative headlines about ICU capacity in the state during discussions with hospital officials.
And a spokesman for the governor, John Wittman, has denied that hospitals are withholding any information about the effect that Covid-19 is having on them.
The US has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in several states in recent weeks.
He said yesterday that the governor “believes all hospitals should be reporting accurate data to the state and to the public as often as possible,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
Meanwhile, the a Texas judge declared a couple of days ago that the state’s Harris County region was now at its highest possible level on its Covid-19 alert system.
Judge Lina Hidalgo said that the county was now at ‘Level 1’ which represents a ‘severe and uncontrolled’ outbreak.
They said: “The harsh truth us that our infection rate is on pace to overwhelm our hospitals in the very near future.
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A spokesperson for Texas governor Greg Abbott denied hospitals were withholding data.
“We hope this serves as a wakeup call to everyone that the time to act is now.”
Only a week ago, TMC leaders had warned that they would soon become overwhelmed if the current trend of new cases continued.
They said that if this happened, then hospitals would have to make “difficult choices” including delaying non-Covid-19 treatments in order to take in more patients with the virus.
And Texas Children’s Hospital reportedly began taking in adult patients in order to handle the outbreak last week.
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Some ICU units in Texas are at 100 percent capacity as virus patients increase in number.
The hospitals are able to add additional hospital beds and equipment under ICU ‘surge’ measures, but even these could be overwhelmed by July 6 if the spread continues at its current steep rate.
TMC officials have urged Texas residents to stay at home, adhere to social distancing measures, and wear face masks in order to slow the spread.
Worldometers data shows that there were just over 6,000 new cases of Covid-19 in Texas on Saturday.
By contrast, the state reported 1,122 new cases on April 17 – the same day President Trump announced his ‘Opening Up America Again’ plan.
The Trump adminitration announced its lockdown easing plan back in April.
The plan allowed state governors to scale back their lockdown measures as long as certain criteria were met, including a ‘downward trajectory’ of cases within a 14-day period.
But Trump administration health adviser Dr Anthony Fauci has warned the US faces a “serious problem” as 16 states try to cope with Covid-19 case spikes.
The adviser, who has voiced concern about reopening too quickly in the past, said that the surge was due to some regions “maybe opening a little bit too early”.
Meanwhile, some intensive care units in the state of Mississippi are also now full as the region also faces a surge.
Despite all this, US Vice-President Mike Pence on Friday praised “progress” in the US.