Spike in COVID-19 Cases Causes Bed Shortage at Killeen Hospital
We're not out of the woods yet here in Central Texas, as a surge in COVID-19 cases here in Bell County leaves AdventHealth-Central Texas in Killeen short on beds.
COVID-19 cases in Bell County have spiked, and AdventHealth-Central Texas are running out of inpatient beds.
Mariana Rodriguez, spokeswoman for AdventHealth-Central Texas tell the Killeen Daily Herald, “AdventHealth-Central Texas and AdventHealth Rollins Brook have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases at our hospitals, consistent with the recent surges throughout our community and region. Because of this, combined with the predictable demand for hospital beds, there is community-wide stress on inpatient bed availability, not limited to AdventHealth facilities.”
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple and Seton Medical Center Harker Heights have not reported bed shortages at the time of this writing.
So how bad is it? The Bell County Health District reported three new deaths related to the coronavirus. According to the district's dashboard, Bell County has 469 deaths and 360 active cases of COVID-19. Overall the state of Texas is reporting 3,462 new cases.
The push for vaccinations continue, and the rise is COVID cases will certainly help drive the vaccination numbers up. Rodriguez says, “Covid-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the community. The Texas Department of State Health Services website provides an online registration option, or you can call 833-832-7067 for a referral to a local vaccine provider. Additionally, vaccinations are offered at AdventHealth Family Medicine Rural Health Clinic at Lampasas, or you may call or visit the website of any local retail pharmacy for vaccine availability.”
If you're still choosing to not get the vaccine, at least consider wearing your mask.