Adler warns of COVID-19 hospital surge

Austin “within two weeks” of having hospitals overrun

Talk 1370 Newsroom
July 05, 2020 - 8:04 pm
Austin Mayor Steve Adler

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AUSTIN ( -- Austin Mayor Steve Adler is continuing to sound the alarm on rising coronavirus hospitalizations across Central Texas.

Adler appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning, calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to give local officials the ability to enact stronger stay-at-home orders as the city and the state continue to see increases in new cases and in hospitalizations.

"If we don’t change the trajectory, then I am within two weeks of having our hospitals overrun," Adler said. "And in our ICUs, I could be 10 days away from that."

Hospitals in several of the state's metro areas are nearing capacity, including the Houston area.

Adler also had some harsh words for President Donald Trump, who on Saturday night said "99 percent" of COVID-19 cases being tested were "totally harmless," and earlier this week said the virus could "just disappear."

"It makes me angry," Adler said. "It is dangerous not to be sending a clear message to Americans, to folks in my town. We have the July 4th weekend and we need everybody wearing masks, and when they start hearing that kind of ambiguous message coming out of Washington, there are more and more people that won't wear masks, that won't social distance, that won't do what it takes to keep a community safe, and that's wrong, and it's dangerous."

For most, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. However, the virus is highly contagious, and can be passed by many who are completely asymptomatic. Some patients, especially older adults and those with pre-existing conditions, see severe symptoms that can be fatal.

On Saturday, Texas reported an all-time daily high of more than 8,200 new COVID-19 cases, with the state likely to jump above a milestone of 200,000 total cases early this week. Hospitalizations across the state continue to rise, crossing over the 8,000 mark on Sunday.

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