TEXARKANA (KSLA) - One of the largest healthcare providers in northeast Texas continues to provide some elective surgeries despite a governor order to stop due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the area.
On Monday, Jan. 4, we first made you aware of restrictions being made on hospitals in Texas Trauma Service Area F, which includes Bowie and Cass counties. This is because hospitalizations have exceeded 15% of capacity of COVID-19 patients for at least seven days.
One of the restrictions outlined in an order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott dealt with elective surgeries.
Tuesday, Jan. 5, Christus St. Michael Health System continues to perform some elective surgery procedures. Hospital leaders say they are treating each elective surgery on an individual basis with COVID-19 safety concerns.
“Simple surgery that will allow you to go home after your surgery, those cases are not being effected. For an elected case that will require a patient to come in from home get an operation and then stay in the hospital, we need to take a close look at those cases to make sure we can provide safe care,” said Dr. Loren Robinson, VP of medical affairs.
Dr. Robinson said at present they have the needed staff and supplies to take care of COVID-19 patients and others needing medical treatment. Dr. Robinson also says they were anticipating the surge of COVID patients and planned accordingly.
“This is something we have been working up to because we knew our COVID numbers would surge. So we have the appropriate bed types, we have the staffing, we are thankful for the state to be able to provide nursing care that comes in from out of town. They come to Texarkana. They have been a great support for our team,” said Dr. Robinson.
Restrictions on elective surgeries in Trauma Service Area 7 will continue until the governor’s order is lifted. That is not expected to happen until the COVID-19 hospitalizations are down below 15% for seven consecutive days.