AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Texas faces an increase in cases of the coronavirus and hospitalizations.

The Governor’s order suspends elective surgeries at hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties. Under this order, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.

“As Texas faces a rise in COVID-19 cases, we are focused on both slowing the spread of this virus and maintaining sufficient hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients,” said Governor Abbott. “These four counties have experienced significant increases in people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that the hospitals in these counties continue to have ample supply of available beds to treat COVID-19 patients. As we work to contain this virus, I urge all Texans to do their part to help contain the spread by washing their hands regularly, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing.”

Through proclamation, the Governor can add or subtract from the list of counties included in the Executive Order to address surges in hospitalizations that may arise in other parts of the state.


Comments (3)
  1. Doug says:

    Didn’t we do this once already? What was the net effect?

  2. Sandor says:

    It’s absolutely shameful that the City of Dallas leadership and the County of Dallas leadership is not smart enough to realize when we have a capacity issue at the hospitals and we have to rely on the governor who’s not only managing the state but now has to manage 254 counties as well.

  3. What in GOD’S name is wrong with Texas?!?! NO elective surgeries but yes to BARS

    Abbott, are you listening?!??????

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