Texas governor suspends elective surgeries in biggest cities

Joe Carroll

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is suspending elective surgeries in the state’s biggest cities to open more hospital capacity for Covid-19 cases.

The suspensions affect Harris, Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties, according to a statement from the governor’s office released on Thursday.

Healthcare workers wait under a tent at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients.

“These four counties have experienced significant increases in people being hospitalized due to Covid-19 and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that the hospitals in these counties continue to have ample supply of available beds to treat Covid-19 patients,” Abbott said in the statement.