Pittsburg Mayor David Abernathy said in an interview with KLTV’s Jamey Boyum that people need to start taking the COVID-19 virus seriously again because Texas and the nation, in general, have reached the point where the healthcare system is being overwhelmed by the new cases.
Boyum spoke to Abernathy in the Pittsburg City Council chambers on Tuesday.
“We have reached the point where we have overwhelmed our healthcare system,” Abernathy said. “We’ve also, in many cases, overwhelmed our EMS providers.”
Abernathy said he put out a press release about the worsening COVID-19 situation on Dec. 30. The press release came after he spent time in Austin talking to the state-level emergency management people.
“The numbers are just staggering,” Abernathy said.
He said health and emergency management experts told him that the recent surge Texas has seen in COVID-19 correlates to people not following coronavirus safety guidelines during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Abernathy said the trauma service area that includes Camp County has been above 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity for more than seven days. As a result, hospitals are having to set aside additional rooms to be used to treat COVID-19 patients and others to serve as ICU rooms.