Texas’ million-case milestone comes amid a brutal COVID surge that is once again devastating US health care systems.
The numbers nationwide are climbing faster than ever, with infections and hospitalizations reaching an all-time high.
In El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego requested four more trailers in addition to the six mobile morgues that are already on the ground, as the community battles spikes in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. He said,
“It may be as much as 20 per day the next two to three weeks. There might be more and more an incline of deaths.”
The county is among the hardest hit in America with hundreds of personnel sent by the state to assist local hospitals. An alternate care site at the El Paso convention center is also up and running.
Officials are trying to figure a single cause, the Mayor of El Paso previously said that causes were; restaurants, travel to Mexico, parties, gyms and large gatherings…
“37% of our positives were from visiting large big-box stores.”
A report, from the University of Texas at Austin, found that more people in Texas prisons have contracted the virus than in any other in the country with at least 231 reported deaths, including both staff and prisoners.
Michele Deitch, the study’s lead author and a criminal justice policy expert at UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs said in a statement,
“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on prisons and jails across the country, and especially in Texas.”
According to the report,
“Because of high levels of ‘churn’ in the jail population, it is possible that individuals contracted the virus in jail, were released, and then died on the outside.
…some jails may have intentionally released people at risk of dying so that the death would not be recorded as a jail death.
Moreover, in both prisons and jails, some people died without ever having been tested for COVID, and some died from a pre-existing medical condition worsened by COVID. Those deaths are not counted as COVID deaths.”
We have more than two more months in the #TrumpVirus era, so many more will get sick and more will die.
(Image, Trey Speegle; via CNN)