And yet the real story and real hospital leaders say the following:
"The number of available beds is seen as a key gauge for the state’s ability to handle a potential surge in coronavirus cases, and Abbott has said the hospitalization rate — the proportion of infected Texans who are requiring hospitalization — is a benchmark he’s closely monitoring. That number has trended slowly downward since April and was just over 8% on Friday.
And while the number of people hospitalized with the virus has climbed, state officials and local hospital leaders have expressed confidence in their current capacities. The state is reporting a total of 1,502 available beds in intensive care units and 5,814 available ventilators. There are more than 14,000 available hospital beds across Texas, according to state figures.
The Texas Medical Center in Harris County, for instance, reported on its website Thursday that it has 207 COVID-19 patients in the ICU. It rated that number — less than 15% of its base capacity and less than 8% of its surge capacity, though that doesn't take into account people in the hospital for other reasons — as “no concern.” At the Harris Health System, which includes the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital, a spokesman said this week they’ve seen a slight uptick in cases, but are mostly “holding steady” for now."
Everyone expected an increase when the world opened. NYC was "shocked" that people that had stayed home suddenly contracted it when they were freed. And yet, many experts predicted this virus had its own curve that it follows regardless of lockdowns and while some would say we should have stayed closed until a vaccine was found there is absolutely NO way to do that. NONE. I actually fear we may have simply delayed the inevitable.
So here we are. A curve was flattened, hospital capacity is under control and most importantly, YOU, as the individual are free to stay home and locked away and safe from Covid!