Anticipating a winter surge of COVID-19, Bexar County’s public hospital system will hire more nurses and provide more services for victims of family violence, which officials say has increased significantly during the pandemic.
At a meeting Tuesday night, the University Health board of managers approved spending $5 million to cover the cost of adding up to 40 temporary nurses per month in hospital’s coronavirus units.
“We do need these nurses in response to surges and other situations that are out of our control,” said Tommye Austin, senior VP and chief nursing officer at University Health.
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University Hospital officials say projections show the coming increase in cases may not be as bad as it was during the summer, but that depends largely on how San Antonio residents act during the holiday season.
University Health President George