‘It’s going to be hard to be honest’: Texas health care workers are in a panic
Texas health workers are struggling to cope with the Zika virus outbreak, as the state struggles to find adequate care and treat some patients with serious conditions.
The crisis has led to an unprecedented exodus of health care staff from the state, leaving more than a million uninsured, according to state officials.
The exodus of staff is a blow to the state’s already dire financial outlook.
As the Texas Tribune reported on Thursday, Texas has been forced to declare a state of emergency after a surge of cases and the deaths of two health care facilities in Houston.
The health department’s Office of Public Safety said the outbreak has prompted the agency to temporarily close nearly 200 facilities across the state.
The closures are the latest in a string of costly measures that have been enacted in response to the outbreak, including a law that allows medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the state and restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
At the state capitol, thousands of people were outside on Wednesday to protest the state health department shutdown, according the Austin American-Statesman.
One of the demonstrators held a sign that read, “No more staff left for Texas.”
The demonstrators also held up signs saying “It’s a crime to not get tested,” and “Our kids need safe health care.”
One of them, who was not identified, said, “I’m going to take my son to the emergency room and get tested.”
Another woman, who asked to be referred to as Sarah, said that if the state does not reopen its hospitals and clinics, it will have to shut down all of its clinics.
“There’s going be a lot of people in there,” she said.
“We’re going to lose our jobs.”
Texas is one of a handful of states that have not implemented a “sanctuary state” policy that allows undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States, including Texas.
However, a number of other states have passed such measures, including California, Maine, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
According to a report from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards released on Wednesday, more than 10,000 people in the Lone Star State have been arrested for non-violent crimes and another 5,700 people have been charged with misdemeanors.
In June, Texas was one of only four states in the nation to be designated as a sanctuary state by the Department of Justice, along with Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri.
As of April, nearly 8.5 million people had received a deportation order from the US Department of Homeland Security, according US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
More than two million people have registered with the Trump administration to become citizens since taking office, according a tally by the New York Times.
Many of the new citizens are facing deportation as a result of the current outbreak.