Nearly half of all patients waiting for beds in the Southeast Texas area, which includes Houston and the surrounding areas, are infected with COVID-19, according to officials.
Of the 575 patients who were stacked in ambulances or hospital corridors waiting for beds, 230 of them had the virus, officials said. Of the 87 patients to be admitted to the intensive care unit, 50 of them have COVID-19.
About 2,500 nurses are being deployed across the state to provide assistance to overcrowded hospitals, the Texas State Department of Health announced Monday.
Meanwhile, Bexar County, where San Antonio is located, has won the recent schools mask mandate battle with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
A district court judge on Monday issued an interim injunction against Abbott’s decision, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said.
-ABC News’ Bonnie Mclean and Gina Sunseri