Houston reports highest COVID positivity rate as Texas hospitals experience staff shortages

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FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, notes to medical personnel are hung in an area as they prepare to ender a COVID-19 unit at Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City, Texas. As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help — especially in rural areas and at small hospitals. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

HOUSTON (KIAH) — The last couple of weeks, local hospitals have seen hospitalizations double and over hundreds of staff members calling out sick because they tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Mayor Sylvester Turner took to social media and said the COVID-19 14-day positivity is 38% — the highest it’s ever been.

At Texas Children’s Hospital, more than 800 patients tested positive in the last 24 hours, the most ever in that time period.

Texas officials will be sending over 900 nurses to help hospitals across the state, with over 300 arriving at Harris County hospitals. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says if needed — the county’s public health office is ready to send more nurses, in addition to the ones sent from the state.

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