Leaders at San Antonio medical facilities improve security, training after string of mass shooting across US
A school, grocery store and medical facility are all public places that have seen deadly mass shootings in recent weeks. Safety and security leaders at area hospitals say they are on high alert and have started changing their training and improving security.
Analysis: Texas gets a respite on Medicaid, but not a cure for the uninsured
Texas got a temporary reprieve on Medicaid funding from the federal government. But that won’t solve underlying problems with high numbers of uninsured Texans and the plight of hospitals in the state — especially those in rural areas.
Analysis: Texas government’s favorite local tax
State lawmakers will tell you they hate property taxes as much as anyone. But the state itself doesn’t levy the tax — local governments do. And lowering it in a meaningful way would require state officials to raise taxes or cut programs. For them, talking about it is easier than doing something.
Verbal and physical attacks on health workers surge as emotions boil during latest COVID-19 wave
Stressed health workers are now confronting volatile visitors and patients. “The verbal abuse, the name-calling, racial slurs … we’ve had broken bones, broken noses,” said one hospital official in Dallas.
Health care workers optimistic as COVID-19 units start to dwindle amid declining cases in Bexar County
Health care professionals say they’re optimistic the effects of the pandemic will improve by the summer as the number of infections drops in our area, leading to the closure of some COVID-19 units at some San Antonio hospitals.
Southern California hospitals overwhelmed amid worsening pandemic
Southern California hospitals overwhelmed amid worsening pandemic Coronavirus cases are rising in 40 states while California hospitals are overwhelmed from a surge of infected patients putting them at a breaking point. Lilia Luciano reports.cbsnews.com
Hospitals in crisis amid record number of coronavirus cases
Hospitals in crisis amid record number of coronavirus cases Health systems across the country are overwhelmed as coronavirus cases continue to climb amid the holiday season. In California, hospitals are running out of beds and rooms to treat patients. Carter Evans shares more.cbsnews.com
‘A historic moment’: More hospitals in San Antonio receive first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine
SAN ANTONIO – It’s a day San Antonio hospitals have been waiting for all year long, and for some, it’s finally here. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio State Hospital, and Baptist Health System received their first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Thursday morning. At the Brooke Army Medical Center, the first staff member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine was Army Capt. So far, 110 Texas hospitals have received or will receive their first shipments of the vaccine by the end of this week. RELATED: Keep track of when and where the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in Texas2nd COVID-19 vaccine set for OK in US with panel endorsement
Rural hospitals wait for their chance at COVID-19 vaccine
HONDO, Texas – This week, 110 Texas hospitals have received or will receive a much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine, while many others await word on when theirs will arrive. The board president of the Texas Rural Health Association said that, from what he has heard, rural hospitals are essentially standing by. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ships in batches of 100 instead of 975. A spokeswoman for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, though, would not comment on whether its New Braunfels location would eventually receive vaccine doses. UT Health San Antonio administers COVID-19 vaccine to frontline healthcare workers
Hospitals to begin COVID-19 vaccine distribution today
Hospitals to begin COVID-19 vaccine distribution today Hospitals around the country are expected to start giving COVID-19 vaccinations to health care workers today. Dr. Stephen Parodi, associate executive director of the Permanente Medical Group at Kaiser Permanente, joins CBSN AM to talk about rolling out the vaccine.cbsnews.com
Hospitals practice for unprecedented coronavirus vaccine distribution
Hospitals practice for unprecedented coronavirus vaccine distribution Hospital workers across the country are practicing how to distribute the coronavirus vaccine once the shipments from Pfizer arrive. Meg Oliver takes a closer look.cbsnews.com
DuPage County expects to receive and start administering 13,000 COVID vaccines next week
It will be up to hospitals and care facilities that receive the vaccine to determine who in the top-priority group will be vaccinated first, DuPage County Director of Community Health Resources Chris Hoff said. Most likely emergency room and ICU staff, COVID-19 care unit workers and those who handle inpatient services will receive the first shots, he said.chicagotribune.com
Feds: Suburban Chicago businessman formed company as pandemic hit, then swindled more than $2.6 million from hospitals in Chicago and Iowa City
Though the hospitals are not named in the complaint, a spokeswoman for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City confirmed officials there contacted the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations “after At Diagnostics did not return the funds sent in escrow when the purchase was canceled.”chicagotribune.com
Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council leading effort to transfer El Paso ICU patients to major Texas cities
SAN ANTONIO – A statewide effort to ease the burden on intensive care units in El Paso, currently overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases, is being coordinated by the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC). Eric Epley, executive director of STRAC, is coordinating what’s known as “load balancing” to free up beds for incoming patients. Six other El Paso patients were ready to fly out of area hospitals, Epley said, until the border community was hit by snow and ice. “We expect that to clear, and then we’ll start moving those patients again to all parts of Texas,” Epley said. “There is an old saying that many hands makes light work.”Epley said it’s difficult to say how long patients will need to be transferred.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas dip below 5,000 for the first time since June, state reports
SAN ANTONIO The states tally of Texans hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropped below 5,000 for the first time since June. During that month, the Texas Department of State Health reported hospitalizations had surpassed 10,000. 124 new COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, Bexar CountyMore than 385,000 residents were told to flee Beaumont, Galveston and Port Arthur, and more than 1,450 evacuees have arrived in San Antonio. The state and local governments are fully aware that theyre dealing with a pandemic while theyre responding to Hurricane Laura, Gov. Greg Abbott adds 36 counties to disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Laura
Baptist Health System relaxes visitation policy for patients
SAN ANTONIO – Baptist Health System in San Antonio has relaxed its policy for visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Tuesday, patients in the emergency department, inpatient areas and outpatient areas are now allowed to have one visitor. Previously, only visitors deemed necessary were allowed to visit patients within the hospital system. Those included patients in pediatric care or NICU; patients in labor, delivery and postpartum care; patients with disabilities; and patients who may be at the end of life. Patients who are still in isolation due to the novel coronavirus are still not allowed to see visitors.
San Antonio nurse featured on ‘GMA’ after working 31 days straight, surprised by ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ stars
SAN ANTONIO – Moments after “Good Morning America” interviewed San Antonio nurse Kristen Knott about her experience working in the ICU, she was getting ready for another day on the job. Her story about working 31 days straight in a local ICU — and her viral Facebook post about 31 things she’s learned during the COVID-19 crisis — was featured on the show’s “Make your Monday” segment. The segment also featured surprise virtual visits from actors Eric Dane and Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy,” one of Knott’s favorite shows. I need to go somewhere where I can put my skills to work, where help is needed.”Shortly after returning, “everything just hit here in San Antonio,” she said. 22-year-old nursing student dies of COVID-19 complicationsWhen comparing the two coronavirus hotspots, she said the city of San Antonio and hospitals had more time to prepare.
Cameron County hospitals struggle to make room for COVID-19 patients after reaching capacity
SAN ANTONIO – Hospitals across the Rio Grande Valley have been at capacity and are making major adjustments to treat COVID-19 patients. Dr. Christopher Romero with Valley Baptist Medical Center said they have to get creative to make space for patients. Romero said EMS units are waiting with COVID-19 patients for a long time because there’s no room in the hospital. “The Rio Grande Valley, we have a lot of obesity. And these are risk factors for having more severe disease and worse outcomes with COVID-19,” Romero said.
San Antonio will have 5 refrigerated trailers operational to store corpses amid COVID-19 surge
SAN ANTONIO – Refrigerated trailers have become a grim reality in San Antonio amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Bexar County, two refrigerated trailers are already operational, and three more will be set up by the end of the week, Martinez said. Refrigerated trucks are on standby to hold bodies in San Antonio, officials sayThe trailers can hold between 24 and 36 bodies. Local hospitals have also put in orders for additional refrigerated trailers, Martinez said. Since the pandemic began in March, more than 200 people died of COVID-19 in Bexar County.
More than 10,000 virus patients remain in Texas hospitals
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas continued to report more than 10,000 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus Monday as the state tries containing the spread in what has become one of America's biggest hot zones. Greg Abbott warns that the worst is yet to come in Texas, state health officials reported more than 40 new deaths and 5,600 new cases following what had been the deadliest week of the pandemic in the state. Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staffCounty leaders in the hard-hit Rio Grande Valley on Monday asked Abbott to give them broader emergency powers as hospitals exceed capacity. Top officials in Houston have also called for stay-at-home orders, while Abbott has said putting Texas back on lockdown is a last resort. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
It could be weeks before COVID-19 plateau is confirmed, San Antonio officials say
San Antonio – It will take weeks before San Antonio Metro Health officials know whether or not there’s been a plateau in the spread COVID-19 cases in Bexar County. Bexar County surpasses 15,000 COVID-19 casesThe city has also made the decision to only test people who are showing symptoms at the city run testing locations. There are still more than 50 testing locations in the county, including private providers who can test asymptomatic people, Kurian said. ‘A little ray of hope:’ Acceleration of COVID-19 spread is slowing down, San Antonio mayor saysThe city reports 48 calls were received regarding violations concerning the public health ordinance. The owner, Greg Barrineau, said he’s concerned about the increasing cases of COVID-19 cases but he’s fighting the ordinance in court for a fair application of the law.
San Antonio veteran hospital bracing for surge in Covid-19 cases
San Antonio The South Texas Veterans Health Care System is gearing up for a surge in the number of Covid-19 related hospitalizations in the coming weeks. The hospital currently has 57 hospitalized patients with Covid-19 and is monitoring another 360 plus positive cases. The 5th and 6th floor of the hospital were renovated to treat Covid-19 patients, and the 7th floor is under renovation. Staff is also being dispatched from other VA hospitals to San Antonio. RELATED: How San Antonio celebrates Fourth of July will impact COVID-19 wave, officials say
San Antonio hospital system, city leaders urge residents to skip large gatherings, follow CDC guidelines
SAN ANTONIO – Nicole Miranda, 24, is quarantined after recently finding out she tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday afternoon, local hospital leaders asked the community to do its part as hospitals inch closer to reaching capacity. “Please, please, please wear a mask,” said Matthew Stone, CEO of Baptist Health System. Allen Harrison, with Methodist Health Care System, said two weeks ago, they had 75 positive COVID-19 patients, and on Thursday, they were at 343. Methodist is currently taking care of 10 COVID-19 patients with this alternative respiratory treatment.
Family demands answers from local hospital after loved one vanishes following release
Garland said Sharkey was admitted to Northeast Baptist Hospital on Wednesday afternoon after he experienced a seizure. Sharkey was taken to Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, but his son, Rakim Sharkey, knew something was wrong. Something didn’t seem right,” Rakim Sharkey said. How did he even get there?” Rakim Sharkey questioned. Rakim Sharkey and his family are happy to have their loved one back, but he said they are now living with a broken sense of security.
San Antonio hospital capacity surge impacting surrounding rural communities
San Antonio – The surge of COVID-19 cases in San Antonio and Bexar County is causing concerns for hospitalization spikes in surrounding communities. Zamora said a patient looking to be transferred to a San Antonio hospital was turned away earlier this week. “We had a scare where we couldn’t ship someone to a San Antonio hospital,” he said. Eric Epley, the Southwest Texas Advisory Council executive director, said San Antonio hospitals are stressed. San Antonio, he said, still has about a 20-25% ICU capacity, but the problems isn’t beds.
Coronavirus patients crowd some Texas ICUs as Gov. Greg Abbott touts “abundant” hospital capacity
Statewide, there were 14,260 available hospital beds and nearly 1,500 intensive care unit beds as of Tuesday. In the hard-hit Houston region, hospitals have begun moving coronavirus patients from crowded ICUs to other facilities. Abbott spokesperson John Wittman said hospitals in Houston and Austin have been “emphatic” that beds will be available for coronavirus patients. Carrie Williams, a spokesperson for the Texas Hospital Association, also said Texas has enough hospital capacity, though she added that hospitalizations numbers are "definitely a concern." Facilities treating coronavirus patients could face challenges that go beyond bed space — like staffing shortages.
Are American hospitals ready to fight Ebola?
Are American hospitals ready to fight Ebola? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assuring the public that the nation's hospitals stand ready to handle cases of Ebola, but in a survey, nurses across the country say they fear their hospitals are not ready. John Blackstone reports.cbsnews.com