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If Harris County continues same coronavirus track, Houston could be worst affected city in US, e…

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JOINING US >> IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE DAILY CASE COUNT CAN INCLUDE POSITIVE CASES FROM WEEKS BACK, BUT THE CURRENT DATA IN HOUSTON AND THE STATE DOES SHOW THAT CASES ARE ON THE RISE

>> A TOP DOCTOR SOUNDING THE ALARM IF THIS CONTINUES, HOUSTON WILL BECOME THE WORST AFFECTED CITY IN THE US WE HAVE ROBERT ARNOLD LIVE AT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER >> REPORTER: EVERY DOCTOR SAYS IF PEOPLE DON’T START TAKING BASIC PRECAUTIONS, HOSPITALS WILL BE FLOODED WITH COVID PATIENTS

HOSPITAL RATES HAVE BEEN INCREASING EACH WEEK SINCE THE END OF MAY THE SYSTEMS HERE SAY THEY DON’T SEE THAT CHANGING UNTIL PEOPLE START CHANGING THEIR HABIT >> WE ARE SEEING HIGHER NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUALS TESTING THE TREND HAS BEEN GOING UP >> THE CHAIR OF THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE BLAMES IT ON A LACK OF REALIZATION, LIFESTYLES NEEDED TO BE READJUSTED

>> WE WERE AVERAGING 250 CASES THEN IT WENT UP IN EARLY JUNE TO 400 CASES, NOW WE ARE CLOSE TO A THOUSAND NEW CASES A DAY >> PEOPLE DIDN’T TAKE IT SERIOUSLY >> THIS DOCTOR SAYS WE ARE IN AN EXPONENTIAL CURVE >> THEY ARE FLAT AND THEN ACCELERATE STEEPLY

>> THEY DON’T HAVE SUFFICIENT SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS THEY NEED TO GO BACK TO SOCIAL DISTANCING, HAND WASHING AND MASK WEARING >> WE DON’T SEE AN END IN SIGHT >> THE PRESIDENT OF THE HOSPITAL SHARES HIS CONCERN IN AN E-MAIL, HE WROTE OUR REGION IS FACING A CRISIS

WE APPEAR TO BE NEARING THE TIPPING POINT AND WE MUST DO EVERYTHING TO MAKE SURE OUR COMMUNITY DOESN’T FALL PREY TO THIS VIRUS >> WE ARE SEEING SIX, SEVEN TIMES AS MUCH AS WE WERE SEEING A MONTH AGO >> THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE TESTING POSITIVE EACH WEEK HAS GONE FROM 6% THE MIDDLE OF MAY TO NOW OVER 9% TO NOW OVER 9% THE MEDICAL CENTER DATA SHOWS IF THIS GROWTH RATE CONTINUES AS IS, THEN THE NUMBER OF ICU BEDS WILL HIT CAPACITY

THEY WILL START TURNING REGULAR HOSPITAL BEDS INTO ICU BEDS TO

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