Texas Hospitals Are Filling Up With COVID-19 Patients, Experiencing Staff Shortages As Cases Surge Statewide
THURSDAY on "The Source" — As new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in Texas, hospitals across the state are sounding the alarm about waning capacity and reporting "critical staffing shortages" to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
How dire is the current situation and what are the implications for health outcomes? What needs to happen to address these challenges?
How do the numbers now compare to Texas' July surge? How dire is the current situation for Texas hospitals?
How are nurses managing the dramatic influx of patients? Do they have the necessary staff, space and supplies?
What are the implications for patient and community health outcomes if hospitals are at capacity or drained of resources?
- Dominic Anthony Walsh, reporter for TPR News
- Cindy Zolnierek, Ph.D., RN, CEO of the Texas Nurses Association
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*This interview will be recorded on Thursday, December 10.