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Canales announces nursing shortage limiting hospital capacity

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Canales announces nursing shortage limiting hospital capacity
Posted at 6:26 PM, Aug 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 13:14:20-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales is asking nurses in the area for help in the Coastal Bend's time of need, as a criticial nursing shortage is limiting hospital bed capacity as COVID-19 cases continue to rise due to the delta variant.

In a release, Canales said that every staffed hospital bed in the Coastal Bend is full and can no longer accept patients.

She has contacted state officials at Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Department of State Health Services asking for assistance, but in the meantime, she's hoping nurses "who are able and not currently working can step up and contact our hospitals to help out".

"Many nurses left the workforce during the pandemic, some due to the workload, and others due to providers which went out of business due to COVID... We truly need your help – our community is facing an enormous challenge, and nurses have ALWAYS risen to the challenge."

If you are a nurse who would like to help, you can call 859-396-8204.