Houston News : Cy-Fair area hospitals respond to coronavirus in Harris County

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SETRAC Emergency Operations’ Donald Morrison, left, and Austen McMillin load up medical supplies into a van from Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Strategic National Stockpile distribution site Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Houston.

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SETRAC Emergency Operations’ Donald Morrison, left, and Austen McMillin load up medical supplies into a van from Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Strategic National Stockpile distribution site Wednesday, March

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Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

SETRAC Emergency Operations’ Donald Morrison, left, and Austen McMillin load up medical supplies into a van from Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Strategic National Stockpile distribution site Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Houston.

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SETRAC Emergency Operations’ Donald Morrison, left, and Austen McMillin load up medical supplies into a van from Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Strategic National Stockpile distribution site Wednesday, March

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Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Cy-Fair area hospitals respond to coronavirus in Harris County

The number of Texas coronavirus cases have continued increasing and on Sunday, Governor Greg Abbott issued orders postponing elective surgeries and giving hospitals the ability to treat two patients per room instead of one.

As circumstances surrounding coronavirus develop rapidly, health care services in northwest Houston are having to adjust for employees and patients alike. Memorial Hermann, Cypress Creek EMS and Cy-Fair Fire Department are all carefully monitoring COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Jade Waddy with Memorial Hermann said the hospital system is evaluating options for a possible surge of COVID-19 patients into their hospitals in the Houston area.

“Memorial Hermann has a steady supply of personal protective equipment for our healthcare workers,” Waddy said. “In order to maintain a steady supply, Memorial Hermann has implemented proactive efforts to conserve our resources for the sickest and most vulnerable of our patients such as the cancellation of elective surgeries. We are accepting donations of certain items in order to maintain our supply.”

As for the Stay Home-Work Safe order issued Tuesday by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Waddy said Memorial Herman employees are vital parts of city infrastructure and allowed to work.

“This order does not affect our operations as healthcare is part of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors considered vital to the United States,” Waddy said. “It is our hope that this order, along with the on-going implementation of precautionary measures, will slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area.”

According to Cameron Palmer with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, a nonprofit blood center in the Houston area, the outbreak of COVID-19 caused scheduled blood donation appointments to be canceled. Due to a slowdown in donations, blood banks fear a potential supply shortage for patients in need.

However, Norm Uhl, public information officer with Cypress Creek EMS, said the EMS provider is not experiencing a low supply of blood at the moment.

“Cypress Creek EMS is doing fine with its whole blood supply for the time being. Part of the reason for that is that there is less demand,” he said. “With so many people staying home, the number of incidents requiring whole blood has declined.”

Meanwhile, Cy-Fair Fire Department Chief Amy Ramon said her department is running as normal with no changes.

For more information on coronavirus in Houston, visit https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Coronavirus-live-blog-updates-tx-pandemic-covid-15158238.php.

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