Hospitals in Texas counties are at full capacity heading into July 4

Hospitals in at least two Texas counties are at full capacity heading into July 4, according to county judges who are urging residents to shelter-in-place and take precautions.

Judges in both Starr and Hidalgo counties sent out emergency alerts Friday, warning residents that local hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley were at capacity.
In Starr County, Judge Eloy Vera said there had been 18 deaths in the county due to Covid-19 and that two severely ill patients had to be flown out of the area for treatment. One of the patients was taken to San Antonio and the other to Dallas, the judge said in a post on Facebook.
“The local and valley hospitals are at full capacity and have no more beds available. I urge all of our residents to please shelter-in-place, wear face coverings, practice social distancing and AVOID GATHERINGS.”
Vera issued a public safety alert announcing a “Level 1 Severe” threat, due to the virus spreading rapidly across the county.
In neighboring Hidalgo County, Judge Richard Cortez echoed the warning.
In a public safety alert posted on Twitter, he announced that hospitals were at capacity and asked residents to shelter-in-place, avoid large gatherings, wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
Cortez called on residents to celebrate July 4 “responsibly,” adding that to conserve resources, they should only call 911 “if absolutely necessary.”

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