El Paso, Texas pulmonologist Dr. Emilio Gonzalez-Ayala told CNBC that El Paso hospital infrastructure “is unable and unwilling” to withstand the surge in coronavirus that has plagued his community for the foreseeable future.
“For the next few weeks, I don’t see how we can continue to afford the impact we are seeing on our emergency rooms,” Gonzalez-Ayala said in an interview on Tuesday evening “The News with Shepard Smith”. “No hospital in El Paso has a bed available, and it hasn’t been for at least two weeks.”
The average number of new coronavirus cases per day is up 152% from the previous month, with an average of 72,000 more cases per day than at this time last month Johns Hopkins University and the COVID tracking project. The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units is at a six-month high, and the country is rapidly approaching 1,000 deaths per day.
More than 10% of all cases in the country are in Texas. In El Paso, they brought six freezer trucks to hold dead Covid-19 victims and four more are expected by the end of the week as the morgues cannot hold the dead. There are more than 27,000 active cases reported in El Paso five times as many as a month ago. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala said hospitals have become so strained that they are expanding beyond their walls and caring for patients in tents in parking lots.
El Paso pulmonologist told host Shepard Smith that he had never seen anything like it in his professional career and that he had seen patients with both the coronavirus and the flu.
“It is worrying because we are obviously seeing patients with not one but two essentially fatal diseases,” said Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala. “We don’t have one, but several patients with influenza A or B and Covid on our service, and they are complicated.”