Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says there are “zero ICU beds left for children” due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Vaccine hesitation and resistance to masks has caused a case surge in Texas.
In a stunning interview, CNN reports on how Jenkins described the dire situation in Dallas:
That means if your child’s in a car wreck, if your child has a congenital heart defect or something and needs an ICU bed, or more likely if they have Covid and need an ICU bed, we don’t have one. Your child will wait for another child to die,” Jenkins said. “Your child will just not get on the ventilator, your child will be CareFlighted to Temple or Oklahoma City or wherever we can find them a bed, but they won’t be getting one here unless one clears.
Texas Department of State Health Services Lara Anton also told CNN it’s not as easy as adding more beds:
Hospitals are licensed for a specific number of beds and most hospitals regularly staff fewer beds than they are licensed for. They can’t use beds that aren’t staffed. With the increase in COVID cases, hospitals are experiencing a shortage of people to staff the beds that they are licensed for.
Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation making mask mandates illegal in Texas, but several city and county judges have defied that order, arguing they are trying to save lives. Abbott has vowed to sue any local governments that defy the ban on mask mandates, saying:
Any school district, public university, or local government official that decides to defy GA-38—which prohibits gov’t entities from mandating masks—will be taken to court. The path forward relies on personal responsibility — not government mandates.
Please hold the children of Texas and other parts of the US in your thoughts during this surge. And please encourage your friends and loved ones to get vaccinated if they have not done so.
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