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Depressed and, well, depressed

Do me a favor and cut me a little slack this week. Please. Why? It’s because I feel as if there aren’t nearly enough local news stories in this issue; enough columns as well. Truth be told, this pandemic has me down. Way down. If we could see an end in sight, a light at the end of the tunnel to this pandemic nightmare, well, that would be cause for celebration. In point of fact, however, all I see up ahead is this county becoming more infected with Covid-19 cases, the state and country as well, more people dying, more people getting seriously ill. On top of that, the local economy continues to take a hit. The more people there are who get sick from this coronavirus, the fewer people there will be willing to risk venturing out into public venues, whether that be stores and/or restaurants. Meaning, more jobs lost; more business owners unable to pay their respective overhead. Early this week, I know of someone who had to hear that her elective surgery set for later this week was cancelled after Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday he was adding Hidalgo and Cameron counties to his original list of four Texas counties in which hospitals could only allow medical procedures to proceed if they are considered to be a “serious medical condition or to preserve life.” The choice is up to the discretion of the physician, according to the governor’s announcement, although there is some ambiguity to it if you read it. The original four counties included Dallas, Harris, Bexar, and Travis Counties. Besides those four, the new additions include Hidalgo, Cameron, Nueces, and Webb. Across the state, approximately 6,000 people are hospitalized with Covid-19 (as of June 29), which represents a record-breaking number. It’s been my experience in dealing with the health-care industry, that some doctors don’t read the fine print. In this case, many will hear that the governor has banned elective surgeries without reading the disclaimer that still allows them to conduct an elective surgery if they deem it “serious.” In other words, if you’re suffering from serious pain, and it could most likely be eliminated through elective surgery, why would that not be considered “serious?” I blame Abbott for that problem, not the physician, who is swamped with anxiety and stress as it is. Also, how many among them would trust that the state would not later come ...

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