Nueces County reported some 228 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday with a total of 81 persons said to be recovering in the hospital. Of the patients recovering in area hospitals, the official count lists 18 as being in the ICU.
While officials say that they believe there is sufficient hospital beds and ventilators in our county, they did say that they were in the process of securing additional nursing staff from the State Operations Center to help “manage the increased patient load.”
The city/county will host another drive-thru test collection operation on Tuesday at the Concrete Street Amphitheater, located at 700 Concrete Street in Corpus Christi.
Officials also said that there would be a strategic planning meeting on Monday for businesses and nursing homes that have positive cases. The Health Department said that they will also be reaching out to nursing homes with new protocols that they are putting in place for residents who test positive for the virus.
Also on Saturday, sources confirmed that there are at least two nursing homes in Corpus Christi that are experiencing outbreaks. The outbreaks are among both staff and residents at the facilities.
Healthcare workers in the area said that they are also experiencing issues with high numbers of regular staff either being furloughed, out sick, or awaiting test results.
This news comes on a day when the State of Texas reported 5,747 new cases and 42 new deaths. Across the state, daily hospitalizations went up 421 to 5, 523.
The state also set a new record as far as hospital capacity. According to the Department of State Health Services the Hospital Capacity Usage Rate has significantly increased to 78% statewide. The Texas Medical Center is reporting that they are at or near 100% and are in the process of enacting surge protocols.
While the local numbers are concerning and do lead to major questions about staffing and actual capacity, the overall state numbers are sending a message that Texas in a real jam and officials say that they are working to get a handle on the situation as best as they can.