RGV hospitals seeing decrease in COVID-19 admissions


MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — The new field hospital at the McAllen Convention Center has only seen eight patients since it opened.

Officials tell us, it is because hospitals are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients.

“The hospitals across the Valley, and in Cameron County also, are showing decrease numbers of COVID admissions,” said Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo.

While the number of positive cases in the Valley remains high, health officials said hospitals are starting to get some sort of normalcy back.

“People are starting to show up to the hospital like they used to for their normal medical problems. They’re able to start converting those beds back into the normal kind of medical beds they were before they were COVID beds,” said Castillo.

At least four percent of Cameron County is infected with the virus. Castillo said there’s still hundreds critically ill, but hospitalizations have decreased due to age groups.

“As of today, we have 16,590 cases in Cameron County confirmed. We’re seeing a lot of infections among younger people. I hope it’s that younger people who are getting infected are not passing it along to their older relatives. Which was definitely a trend we were seeing that was resulting in a lot of hospitalizations,” said Castillo.

It is the same in Hidalgo County.

“I left the COVID unit this morning and they had four beds available, so we went from no beds available to four beds available,” said Hidalgo County Health Authority Dr. Ivan Melendez.

It has been a week now since the McAllen Convention Center turned into a recovery center aiming to alleviate hospital’s overflow, but Melendez said only eight patients have been transferred.

“I think we’re flattening out but we’re still at a very very high level. So, ICU beds, people that are critically ill, those are still pretty high, but I think our medical surgical beds I think have begun to decrease down. So, I think we’ve plateaued so far until the next crisis right,” said Melendez.

Officials said the census in RGV hospitals has decreased from 1,400 to 1,100 in 10 days

Health officials are hopeful the dip in hospitalizations will continue to decrease as more people are starting to take the virus seriously.

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