On Friday, a Texas judge issued a dire warning to parents who might have their child in an ICU.
Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County judge, stated that “Your child will wait until another child dies” before he or she gets one.
Jenkins stated, “If your child is in a car accident, if your baby has a congenital cardiac defect, or if they have COVID, and need an ICU mattress, we don’t have one.”
COVID-19 cases are overwhelming doctors in Texas so much that in one hospital, a man who’s been shot six times last Saturday has been waiting for required surgery for a week now.
Jenkins also tweeted on Friday that there were only 17 ICU beds in all of Dallas County available for adults as of August 13, according to data from the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council.
As the Delta variant continues its surge in Texas, the judge issued a harsh warning. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, more than 10,000 Texans had been admitted as of August 10. This figure represents an almost 3,000 patient increase compared to the previous week.
Texas Governor. Greg Abbott issued an executive order barring mask mandates and vaccine passports. Companies that break the order could face a fine of up to $1,000. The order has been defied by many schools and businesses.
Jenkins himself has directly challenged the order and won. Masks are not required for certain Dallas County businesses or school districts. Abbott appealed to the Texas Supreme Court in an attempt to keep his original order.
Officials from the US Health Department are still encouraging all Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. This is especially true as the Delta variant continues its rise in different parts of the country. About 52% of the US population is fully vaccinated, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.