Area News on COVID-19, suspending surgeries

Robin Bradshaw

Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation today on June, 30 suspending elective surgeries for counties including: Nueces, Cameron, Hidalgo and Webb.

The specified counties must postpone surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of the patient, that would result in death. The proclamation for temporary suspending surgeries will allow more resources to be available for the increase in COVID-19 patients.

On Monday, Nueces County held the daily public health briefing and City Manager Peter Zanoni, stated hospitalizations are up 350 percent in the last seven days. County Judge Barbara Canales proceeded in the briefing by asking recovered COVID-19 patients, to donate blood and be apart of a convalescent plasma therapy to help current patients fight the virus to save lives.

This follows the start of the week when Gov. Abbott slowed down some areas of opening the economy. Monday, an executive order mandated restaurants to only operate at 50 percent capacity for dine-in areas, bars mandated to close and water rafting and tubing facilities to close. These closures initiated when Americans normally celebrate the 4th of July, holiday weekend. The Texas General and Land Office which is the ultimate deciding factor for the local beach closures stated the beaches will remain open and will not close (by pedestrian routes only for the holiday weekend).

UPDATE:On June 30, County Judge Barbara Canales issued an order restricting vehicular access to beaches for the Independence day weekend. Beaches from Port Aransas to the National Seashore will be closed to vehicular access. The temporary restriction will begin on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. and will end on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. The restrictions include golf carts and all-terrain vehicles.

Health officials state some of the public health rise in COIVD-19 cases, is due to the Memorial Day Weekend, suggesting residents let their guard down towards the pandemic. Health officials continue to express mitigating the spread of COVID-19 requires individuals to wear a mask, sanitizing often, social distance, and respect businesses' safety precautions.

If you have contacted the COVID-19 virus and would like to donate blood to help others in convalescent plasma therapy, please contact 361-888-0264 for more information.