Austin’s Top News – January 7, 2021 | KLBJ-AM

Adler talks about DC violence

Austin’s Mayor has a few words to say about the violence in Washington DC yesterday. Mayor Steve Adler says what happened in the nation’s capital was terrifying to watch.

“Scary times. A scary moment to see the visual imagery we have of people storming the United States Capitol. “He adds that this was not a protest, but a mob. “I think the word insurrection is correct because we had people who stormed the Capitol to stop the democratic process,” says Adler.

Yesterday was supposed to be the simple, peaceful transfer of power, but instead it was a day that doesn’t reflect the nation well.

COVID-19 update

The number of coronavirus hospital admissions in Travis County rose another 17 last day, now to 569. 5,101 cases of the virus have been known to be active. As of now, 53,935 cases have been found since last year, 48,270 are now recoveries.

In Williamson County, the total number of hospitalized COVID patients has increased slightly. There are 158 people in the hospital today, that is 5.5,963 active cases out of 22,836 confirmed, nearly 20,700 people have recovered.

All hands on deck for COVID patients

As hospital stays continue to increase, some local rescue workers are called in to help cope with stress. Selena Xie, of the Austin EMS Association, says CBS Austin had pretty thin resources and people.

“I happen to know that many of our medical professionals also have degrees in nursing. And that’s how I worked in the hospital. Nurses dedicated to COVID units are frankly completely burned out, ”says Xie.

Some people in the emergency room who are not there for COVID reasons have to wait longer for beds due to the number of people in hospitals with coronavirus.

Limitations don’t work

Local health officials are not seeing the impact they were hoping for the retail and restaurant stake occupancy to 50%. Travis County’s Health Department Mark Escott says that strategy clearly isn’t working.

“Which means that we have to reassess. We need to reschedule and implement other strategies that can serve to further mitigate the risk, ”says Escott.

This could indicate that Escott may make recommendations for even stricter local restrictions. He says hospital stays will continue to rise until that risk is reduced.

Restaurant capacity

In restaurants in the Austin area, state capacity limits could soon be reduced to 50% due to Governor Abbott’s own order. It is said that if 15% of total hospital bed capacity is used for seven consecutive days for COVID patients, those restrictions will be passed on. Chris Porter is on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

“The governor’s executive order has taken steps to reduce the crowd in certain areas that are at risk of possible transmission of the coronavirus,” Porter said.

The subway is part of an 11 County Trauma Service Area. Porter says if there isn’t a major change soon, those restrictions could be in place by next week.

Travis County has just over 52,000 doses of COVID vaccines that have been distributed to various hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. And as demand has increased, Dr. Anas Daghestani of the Austin Regional Clinic FOX 7 announced that they received 7,000 doses that almost disappeared.

“We are working very closely with the state and local health authorities and hope to be notified of further vaccine deliveries at any moment hopefully within the next few days,” says Daghestani.

Vaccines are running out

Many providers say they are either running out of vaccines or that they will run out of vaccines very soon. More than 2,000 seniors in Williams County have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine. District Judge Bill Gravell says it is important to protect the high-risk elderly population. And so these vaccines were distributed to 14 long-term care and nursing facilities.

Nursing reform

After nearly a decade of a federal judge fighting nursing reforms, Governor Greg Abbott has now ordered two of the state welfare agencies to obey orders. Governor Abbott sent a letter to the Commissioner for Health and Human Services asking them to follow Judge Janice Graham Jack’s instructions in order to keep the children safe in the state care system. Things like monitoring overnight. A Better Childhood, a nonprofit, filed the original lawsuit against Texas. Director Marcia Robinson Lowry is cautiously optimistic.

“It’s a good thing the governor said that. We hope events will change, but we will have to wait and see what states actually do. We hope it means it’s a new day for kids. Good day for kids, ”says Lowry.

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