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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 11:40 PM

'Texas County, Overwhelmed By COVID-19, Will Deny Treatment To Those Deemed Unlikely To Survive'

'Texas county, overwhelmed by COVID-19, will deny treatment to those deemed unlikely to survive.' Dartagnan, Daily Kos, July 23, 2020.

The coronavirus situation in Texas has deteriorated to the point where one county’s health authority has implemented a triage committee for the purpose of determining which COVID-19 patients the county’s single hospital will treat, and which patients will be sent home to die, according to the McAllen, Texas, affiliate WSYR.

- In a stunning admission of how dire the COVID-19 situation is in South Texas, the health authority for one border county on Tuesday announced the formation of an ethics committee that will screen all patients for survival potential and will send home those with low probabilities. Starr County Health Authority Dr. Jose Vazquez said Starr County Memorial Hospital, the county’s only hospital, on Tuesday implemented an ethics committee and a triage committee to review all coronavirus patients as they come in to determine what type of life-saving equipment and treatment they would likely require and whether they would likely survive. Those deemed too fragile or sick or elderly will be advised to go home to loved ones, he said. -

As noted in the WSYR report, rural Starr county, located south of San Antonio, has only one hospital to serve 70,000 residents. Shortly after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott implemented statewide reopenings on May 1, that hospital became inundated with COVID-19 patients.

A county judge interviewed for the WSYR article attributes the spike in those infected to residents failing to adhere to social distancing practices, including “continuing to gather in groups for weddings, quinceañeras, and pachanga parties where he said communal spread of the novel virus is being propagated.” According to the Health Authority, the county simply has no other choice but to implement this policy as neighboring county hospitals have no more intensive care unit (ICU) space to spare. As explained by Dr. Vazquez, “We do not have specialty services, we are just […] a rural health hospital.” The institution of these real-life “death panels” is being implemented as a last resort.

- The committees will consist of a patient’s primary care physician, the emergency room doctor or the hospital doctor taking care of the patient, a social worker, and one of the hospital administrators. “That team will be responsible to talk with patients and family, especially in the cases where we are dealing with elderly patients with multiple comorbidities” and have moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms, Vazquez said. “Science tells us that those patients do not do well,” he said. “That most of those patients will never make it out of a ventilator.- ”...

More, https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/7/23/1963124/-Texas-county-overwhelmed-with-Covid-19-will-deny-treatment-to-those-deemed-unlikely-to-survive
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Reply 'Texas County, Overwhelmed By COVID-19, Will Deny Treatment To Those Deemed Unlikely To Survive' (Original post)
appalachiablue Jul 2020 OP
captain queeg Jul 2020 #1
TreasonousBastard Jul 2020 #2
appalachiablue Jul 2020 #9
mr_lebowski Jul 2020 #3
efhmc Jul 2020 #4
appalachiablue Jul 2020 #5
appalachiablue Jul 2020 #6
Cha Jul 2020 #7
AZ8theist Jul 2020 #8
CaptYossarian Jul 2020 #10

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 11:44 PM

1. And away we go. No one could have foreseen this, right dotard?

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Jul 23, 2020, 11:45 PM

2. I was listening to this on the radio this afternoon. This sort of triage might happen after...

an invasion or volcano, but in peacetime over a fucking disease?

We are doomed. This is not the America I was born into 73 years ago.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 05:20 AM

9. I think so too, for some unforeseen disaster but not

for political reasons beyond the pale.

It's not the America I was lucky to be born into years ago either.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 12:15 AM

3. I guess there's no such thing as FEMA who might be able to set up shop in this area

As if there had been a disaster.

We got resources to send Federal goons into our cities to rough protesters up, but sending FEMA to maybe help save some lives due to lack of ICU space?

Nope, no sir. Looks bad for Dear Leader if he does something like that.



And how bout that County Judge, intimating, in so many words ... it's all the Mexicans fault.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 12:46 AM

4. Why do you make this about Texas? It happens all over the US?

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Response to efhmc (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 12:50 AM

5. Several months back I read articles suggesting 'triage'

might take place, but I've not seen info. on implementation and comments by official medical facility staff.

Could be I missed articles.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 12:59 AM

7. How scary for those people in Texas! :(

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 03:18 AM

8. Welcome to Doturds Death Panel...

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:42 AM

10. Those pro-lifers--

ya gotta love 'em.

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