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COVID-19 Bulletin (08/17/21)

Almost half of adult ICU beds are now COVID-19 patients. North Texas representative pushes for anti-mask legislation. Dallas ISD enforcing mask mandates.
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Elizabeth Lavin

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reports 893 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Monday. 

Steve Love of the DFW Hospital Council reports 2,822 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in TSA-E, representing 19.75 percent of available bed capacity and 45.40 percent of adult ICU patients. Pediatric COVID-19 patients represent 92.8 percent of all patients, with four available staffed pediatric ICU beds. Pediatric hospitals are using pediatric recovery areas and other adaptations, meaning the ICU bed metric alone should not be given full weight when considering hospital capacity.

North Texas state rep. Jeff Leach “proudly” supports the bill he introduced to prohibit Texas schools from requiring face masks, which supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order that prohibits any governmental entities, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Despite a Texas Supreme Court ruling that halted lower courts ruling that county judges and schools could enforce mask mandates, Dallas ISD is pushing forward and requiring masks for all students and staff. Learn more with KERA.

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