Gov. Abbott suspends elective surgeries in four Texas counties
AUSTIN, Texas (KXII) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday morning suspending elective surgeries in four counties to ensure the availability of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.
The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday and suspends elective surgeries in Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties.
All hospitals in those counties are directed to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary for serious conditions or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.
“As Texas faces a rise in COVID-19 cases, we are focused on both slowing the spread of this virus and maintaining sufficient hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients,” said Governor Abbott. “These four counties have experienced significant increases in people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that the hospitals in these counties continue to have ample supply of available beds to treat COVID-19 patients. As we work to contain this virus, I urge all Texans to do their part to help contain the spread by washing their hands regularly, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing.”
The order allows Abbott to add or subtract to the counties included to address surges in hospitalizations across the state.
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