Texas Hospitals Underscore Masks, Social Distancing
(AUSTIN, Texas – June 22, 2020) – With hospitalizations on the rise, Texas hospitals are underscoring Gov. Greg Abbott’s message today, encouraging everyone to follow personal precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including masking in public places and limiting gatherings as much as possible. THA issues the following statement on hospitalizations rising and on personal precautions from Ted Shaw, president and CEO of the Texas Hospital Association:
Texas hospitals have ample capacity right now, and they are open, safe and ready. We’re closely watching the COVID-19 hospitalization numbers, and they are a concern. Hospitals are experienced and skilled at managing capacity related to surges and emergencies.
THA monitors hospitals’ daily capacity data and receives boots-on-the ground perspective through its twice-weekly calls with hospital leaders and state officials. We maintain statewide visibility on acute capacity issues and other critical concerns as the numbers have increased. Texas hospitals are managing the current rate of hospitalizations. But if this trend continues, it is not sustainable.
Hospitals are doing their part, and we need people to do theirs. Texas hospitals are committed to helping people get healthy and stay healthy. Wearing a mask in public is paramount, and everyone should consistently practice social distancing. The precautions are an act of kindness to yourself and others and critical to business in Texas.
THA applauds Gov. Abbott and the state’s leadership on COVID-19 and today’s emphasis on personal precautions as we all work together to combat this pandemic.
COVID-19 resources specific to Texas hospitals are available