In hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley, public health officials say 37 intensive care beds are available. Hidalgo County is the epicenter.
“Unfortunately, our hospital rooms look like war zones because there are so many sick people there,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez told CBS News.
Cortez issued a shelter-at-home order Monday night. However, Texas Governor Greg Abbott argues that this is inapplicable.
“My job is to look after public health,” Cortez explained. “We brought in a lot of reefer trailers to access more mortuaries, and they have a capacity of 50. Well, in the last eight days we’ve averaged 22 fatalities a day.
While cities like Dallas and Houston are now seeing a decrease in positive cases and hospitalizations, virus-related deaths in the state have increased by 33% in the past 10 days.
Across the country, only nine states are seeing a decline in cases or are continuing; three of them – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – are asking visitors from 31 states to self-quarantine.
It comes as new CDC data released Tuesday estimates COVID infections were up to 13 times higher in some parts of the country than is actually reported. But the results show that more people are still vulnerable to the infection.
“What was interesting about this study was that even considering the fact that so many people have likely had COVID-19 without any symptoms or without a formal diagnosis. Yet this implies that the vast majority of Americans still have not been infected. , “CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent.
And while a new study has found that effective social distancing with masks and hand washing could stop 90% of large epidemics, big pharmaceutical companies are continuing their race for a vaccine. AstraZeneca and Pfizer executives have predicted that millions of doses could be administered by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, California has passed 400,000,000 cases of COVID and may soon pass New York as the hardest-hit state. The city of Los Angeles is preparing for the possibility of another stay-at-home order.
In Florida, at least five counties do not have intensive care beds available at the moment.