Texas hospitals are putting pregnant patients at risk by denying care out of fear of abortion laws, medical group says
Medical professionals across the state have expressed confusion over what care they can provide amid Texas’ abortion ban, leading to some patients allegedly receiving delayed care or being turned away.
How risky is that? New chart ranks winter activities based on risk level for COVID-19, flu
Depending what choices we make this winter may very well determine our risk of contracting the coronavirus. The chart shows examples of activities ranked on a risk scale of 1 to 10, or low to high, by doctors from the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases. Having Thanksgiving dinner with family or household members is ranked as a 3, or low-moderate risk. While avoiding risk could mean skipping or altering holiday traditions -- like Lerner -- those kinds of sacrifices don’t go unappreciated. You can view the TMA’s risk chart below:
COVID-19 risk chart: Going to bars, gyms, movie theaters puts you at higher risk for infection
The Texas Medical Association has released a COVID-19 risk chart to give guidance on which establishments, events and spaces are considered low, medium and high risk for contracting the virus. Bexar County surpasses 15,000 COVID-19 casesIt ranks bars, religious services, large concerts, movie theaters, gyms and amusement parks as the places with the highest risk of getting infected. Those establishments, with the exception of bars, are allowed to stay open in Texas despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Abbott and local officials have taken a tougher stance on social distancing in recent weeks as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. Texas has recorded 200,557 virus cases and 2,655 deaths as of Monday.
Doctors urge GOP to halt Texas convention as virus surges
The request came as Texas set a new record high for COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The state's GOP leaders have maintained that the three-day convention, which typically draws thousands of attendees, will go forward and that face coverings will not be mandated, even as Republican Gov. In Florida, doctors have also called for pushing back the Republican National Convention that is scheduled for August, when President Donald Trump is expected to accept the GOP nomination. The organization is also a sponsor of the convention, which is scheduled to begin July 16. We are taking all input from those involved with our Convention, including that from our Party leadership and our delegates, very seriously, Dickey said.
Doctors reverse course, say Texas GOP should cancel in-person convention
The Republican Party of Texas hosted its 2018 convention in San Antonio. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneThe Texas Medical Association on Tuesday called on the Republican Party of Texas to cancel its in-person July convention scheduled to take place in Houston, one of the countrys coronavirus hot spots. On Monday, TMA told the Tribune that it would not rescind its sponsorship and had not called on the Republican Party to cancel its convention. TMA said it made $5,000 contributions to both the Republican Party of Texas and the Texas Democratic Party in exchange for a brief video advertising TMA's mission at each convention. Disclosure: The Texas Medical Association has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
The Texas GOP convention will gather thousands of people indoors without a mask requirement. One of their sponsors is the Texas Medical Association.
Delegate Elizabeth Victory listens to discussions during the final afternoon of the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on June 16, 2018. Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneThe Texas Medical Association is encouraging Texans to socially distance, stay home when possible and wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus. TMA is one of more than 30 sponsors of the Republican Party convention, according to a list of sponsors on the partys website that was taken down Monday afternoon. At the Republican Party convention, delegates will decide on the partys leadership, platform, and priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Disclosure: Texas Medical Association has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.