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(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 here.
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 400,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at https://twitter.com/texashospitals.