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ICU filling up at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth: “Face shields in place, you see their eyes”

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Nurses, doctors, and health care workers at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth are working round the clock to be able to treat everyone coming in.

The ICU is filling up quickly with COVID-19 patients, many of which are infected with the delta variant and need oxygen, as reported by WFAA.

What are the details?

“Those on ventilators are almost entirely those who haven’t been vaccinated,” Dr. John Burk, who specializes in pulmonary care and worked with the World Health Organization, said for the news outlet.

Burk explained that health care workers have to constantly change in and out of PPE equipment as they enter different rooms.

“Face shields in place, you see their eyes. You almost have to ask them to put their name across their face shields,” Burk added.

While there’s enough staff to handle emergencies for now, fatigue and stress are inevitable.

“Frankly, everybody is tired. We’ve been through this,” Burk told the station.

The specialist also sent out a reminder to everyone about the symptoms of COVID infections. If you feel weak, dizzy, or lightheaded, have digestion issues or get a fever you must get tested as soon as possible.

“When you look at week-to-week trends, the 7-day average is up 92% from last week. Hospitalizations are up 49%, and fatalities are up 15%,” Chris Van Deusen, the director of media relations at DSHS, said.
“That second dose, the two-dose series, is really important to the effectiveness,” Chief State Epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer Shuford stated.

And across the whole state there are only 636 ICU beds available. Burk has emphasized that the ICU beds are currently being filled with people aged between 20 to 50.

“Family is not able to be present, and sometimes the last thing they hear is 'We will do our best to take good care of you,’” the specialist concluded.

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