Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune:

Health officials in Austin are considering opening a makeshift hospital as its intensive care units fill up. Patients in North Texas are being treated in lobbies or in hallways. And hospitals around Laredo, Abilene and College Station have three or fewer intensive care unit beds open, according to state data.

Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

As COVID-19 hospitalizations surge across Texas, other areas are entering restrictions Lubbock has been under for months. 


Patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus account for over 15% of all hospitalized patients in 18 of the 22 trauma service regions in Texas, according to the most recent data from Texas Health and Human Services. Sixteen of these regions have been above this mark for a week, which triggers state-mandated reopening roll backs. 

Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT

From KUT: 

Chris Bennett spent much of Tuesday afternoon on the phone trying to find a vaccine provider for his parents and himself.

“I called H-E-B. I called St. David’s. I called Seton. And I called Austin Regional Clinic,” he said.

Each one told him that he and his parents couldn’t get a vaccine from them.


Centers for Disease Control

After two months of being considered a region with a high rate of COVID-19 patients, Lubbock hospitals are starting to see some relief. 



Staffed hospital beds have been in short supply this month. Lubbock’s two hospital systems reported no available beds the first two weeks of December. The worst day was Dec. 11, when 22 patients were in need of a hospital bed, according to city data. 

The situation has improved since Dec. 14. The most recent report shows 14 available beds.


Coronavirus vaccine offers hope, now people have to get it

Dec 17, 2020
Provided by Covenant Health

Lubbock received nearly 5,000 doses of the first emergency-authorized Pfizer coronavirus vaccine this week. 



Pulmonologist Dr. Brian Williams was one of the first in line at Covenant Medical Center. 

“I’ve avoided COVID for the last nine months despite taking care of COVID patients every day, taking care of thousands of people,” Williams said. “So the fact that I can get the vaccine is quite amazing.”