UT Health East Texas leader describes pandemic’s dramatic impact on hospital staffing

Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 3:13 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 7:34 PM CST

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - UT Health East Texas Chief Medical Officer Tom Cummins M.D., joined KLTV’s Blake Holland on East Texas Now to discuss the impact of the omicron variant on East Texas hospitals.

Cummins said fortunately the ICU numbers have not risen as quickly but noted there is still a lot of pressure on facilities’ ability to provide care.

He said talk of the omicron variant being milder is not true for everybody, and there are still patients sick enough to be hospitalized and require oxygen.

Cummins said it’s been a challenge to staff clinics and hospitals. Watch the full interview above.

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