Hospital units in the Rio Grande Valley are experiencing increasing levels of stress due to the Wuhan virus pandemic.
On June 30, 2020, Hidalgo County, Texas recorded its largest increase in Wuhan virus cases.
According to a report from Valley Central, “Cameron County doctors say all major hospitals with COVID-19 units are full.”
“Cameron county is at 131% capacity, we went from being at 71% percent of COVID-19 beds to 131% percent, so overcapacity,” declared Dr. James Castillo of the Cameron County Health Authority.
Data from the Hidalgo County Wuhan virus dashboard indicated that the number of people hospitalized exceeded the number of beds available.
Both counties are under “Level 1 Emergency”. In other words, they are at maximum capacity and can request outside help.
“Right now people are waiting a long time, unfortunately, some people are leaving without receiving care and that’s always a huge concern,” commented one doctor at the Cameron County press conference, on June 30.
Additionally, Valley hospitals are understaffed.
“Yes, you have this room, but we still need doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, I need them to come to work and if they’re getting sick, which is what we are seeing, then we’re in a bigger deficit, so we have to bring nurses from other areas, pay them much more money to get them here for budgets we did not account for,” stated Ambrioso Hernandez, a medical doctor and the mayor of Pharr.
Around 400 nurses have been assigned to hospitals across the Valley area.
“Some of these nurses came from New York City, so they have been in the fire, they have been in the trenches and now they get to bring that experience and expertise to the Rio Grande Valley to help with this crisis we’re dealing with,” another doctor remarked at the press conference.
Todd Bensman, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, believes that border crossers may largely explain this late surge in cases at the border with Mexico
He tweeted “It’s official. Texas border hospitals are over-capacity with covid patients. This story, like most, omits reference to the fact that covid refugees are flooding in from Mexico, though CNN reported this to be true.”
Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review came to a similar conclusion in a recent piece.
The U.S. has to get serious about border security.
The Republican Party needs take the lead on this issue or run the risk of becoming politically irrelevant.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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