63 F
Fort Worth
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
- Advertisements -
Government Dallas County bans elective medical procedures to focus resources on climbing coronavirus...

Dallas County bans elective medical procedures to focus resources on climbing coronavirus cases

Other News

Exxon’s oil slick

Exxon Mobil is slashing its capital spending budget for 2020 by 30% due to weak demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a market...

Folk music’s Mark Twain: 7 Essential tracks from John Prine,

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine...

Tarrant County records another COVID-19 death

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) on Wednesday, April 8 reported that a resident of Euless has died as the result of the COVID-19 virus....

Tradition stymied: A year unlike any since WWII for Augusta

The Masters is so intertwined with Augusta, they added an extra day to spring break.You see, the first full week of April isn't just...

March 21, 2020

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Saturday banned elective medical procedures through April 3 so health care resources can be steered toward patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Throughout the state, many medical providers have already started canceling or delaying elective procedures themselves.

Nearly 100 people in his county have tested positive for the virus. Jenkins’ new directive to begin focusing medical resources toward combatting the virus came on the same day that Gov. Greg Abbott loosened some licensing regulations for nurses in hopes of luring more health care workers to the front lines.

In his revised emergency order Saturday, Jenkins directed health care professionals to start identifying patients whose procedures can be canceled or postponed, “considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to the COVID-19 response.”

Jenkins’ revised order also closes hair salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and other businesses where people can’t maintain six feet of distance from each other while non-medical personal services are provided. He also limited how much toilet paper can buy at a time.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services’ statewide numbers for positive cases don’t provide a clear picture of how the disease is impacting certain parts of Texas. One reason is that the state’s numbers lag behind what local officials are disclosing. For instance, the state on Saturday released numbers showing there were 29 Dallas County residents who have tested positive. Dallas County officials reported 95 positive cases among its residents.

In addition, the state numbers may not represent all cases of the disease given limited testing. As testing expands, the number of Texas cases are expected to increase exponentially. Abbott on Thursday said that tens of thousands of Texans could test positive within weeks.

“Dallas County bans elective medical procedures to focus resources on climbing coronavirus cases” was first published at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/21/texas-coronavirus-crisis-dallas-county-ban-elective-medical-procedures/ by The Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune is proud to celebrate 10 years of exceptional journalism for an exceptional state.

- Advertisements -
- Advertisements -

Latest News

Salon owner who defied lockdown makes Texas Senate runoff

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A Dallas salon owner who was sent to jail for defying coronavirus lockdown orders and became a symbol...

Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

By BILL BARROW and ZEKE MILLER Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a year of circling each other, Republican President Donald...

Chaotic first debate: Taunts overpower Trump, Biden visions

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, DARLENE SUPERVILLE, WILL WEISSERT and MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — The first debate between President Donald Trump...

Gleniece Robinson retires after 40 years of public service

Gleniece Robinson will retire from the City of Fort Worth on Sept. 30 after a career that began...

Tarrant County reports 4 COVID deaths on Tuesday

Tarrant County Public Health reported four COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The deceased include a man and woman from Fort Worth...