Dallas area’s COVID-19 hospital bed occupancy increases 31% over 30-day period
As the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread across the country, hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have seen a combined 31% increase in bed occupancy for COVID-19 patients in the last 30 days, according to Stephen Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.
Love said the 976 COVID-19 patients currently in these hospitals occupy 6.7% of the hospital system’s total bed capacity. They represent 19.7% of its adult ICU patients.
He also said the majority of these new patients are unvaccinated. The state currently has a 43% vaccination rate.
“Vaccinations are absolutely helping protect people and the unvaccinated are very much at risk with the increase in the Delta variant. Hospitalizations are a lagging indicator so as case numbers increase, we anticipate hospitalizations will increase.”
In spite of these numbers, Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will not be enforcing another mask mandate. He said in an interview with KPRC 2 News at 5 on Tuesday:
“There will be no mask mandate imposed, and the reasons for that are very clear, and that is that there are so many people who have immunities to COVID-19, whether it be through the vaccination, whether it be to their own exposure and their recovery from it — which would be acquired immunity — and it would be inappropriate to require people who already have immunity to wear a mask … There’s no more time for government mandates. This is a time for individual responsibility, period.”
Abbott did, however, state his intent to continue making vaccines accessible for those who wish to receive them.
“The medical component, as we all know, is that one of the things that dramatically reduces, if not eliminates, the possibility of getting COVID — even getting the Delta variant of COVID — is getting a vaccine.”