The Texas Department of State Health Services volition nonstop further aesculapian unit and instrumentality to hospitals and nursing homes crossed the authorities to assistance successful their combat against the ongoing 4th question of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who reinforced his prohibition connected mandatory COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday portion continuing to combat schoolhouse districts successful tribunal implicit his artifact connected disguise mandates adjacent arsenic cases of coronavirus surge successful schools, announced the further enactment for the state's aesculapian workers Thursday afternoon.
According to a connection from the governor's office, an further 2,500 aesculapian unit are being authorized to articulation the unit astatine wellness attraction facilities statewide done the extremity of adjacent month.
On Aug. 9, Abbott said the authorities would wage for staffing agencies to supply 5,600 out-of-state aesculapian workers, mostly nurses and respiratory therapists, to Texas hospitals and wellness attraction providers done Sept. 30. The further unit authorized by the DSHS present brings the fig deployed crossed the Lone Star State to 8,100.
The DSHS is besides providing ventilators, oxygen concentrators, bosom monitors, IV pumps, feeding pumps, and infirmary beds requested by wellness attraction providers.
"The aesculapian unit and instrumentality deployed by DSHS volition supply important enactment to our wellness attraction facilities arsenic they dainty hospitalized cases of COVID-19," said Abbott successful a prepared statement.
Though he's blocked governmental agencies and state-supported businesses from mandating their employees get vaccinated against the virus, the politician did again punctual Texans Thursday that 1 of the champion mitigation strategies to curtail the dispersed of COVID-19 is immunization.
"Texans tin bash their portion to trim the dispersed of COVID-19 and hospitalizations by getting the vaccine. It's safe, effective, and your champion defence against COVID-19," Abbott said successful a statement. "Visit covidvaccine.texas.gov to find a vaccine supplier adjacent you."
Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Data from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows wherever COVID-19 vaccines person been sent astir the state. Click connected a marker to find retired accusation astir each location. Use the "plus" and "minus" signs beneath to zoom successful and retired of the map.
The governor, who was infected with the virus past week, said successful a video connection connected Twitter that his corruption was "brief and mild" due to the fact that he'd been vaccinated and helium recommended those who person not yet been vaccinated to see getting vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention besides recommends anyone implicit the property of 2 who is not vaccinated deterioration a disguise portion indoors. Further, the CDC says that adjacent those who are afloat vaccinated should deterioration a disguise indoors erstwhile they are successful an country of important oregon precocious transmission, which includes astir of the authorities of Texas.