Coronavirus Outbreak

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Officials at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg are urging city leaders there, along with the Gillespie County Commissioners Court, to issue a shelter-in-place order because of the impact on the region — specifically in San Antonio and Austin. 

In a letter written by hospital CEO Jayne Pope and Dr. James Partin, the hospital's chief medical officer, that was also signed by the hospital's medical executive committee, the hospital said that they could easily be overwhelmed by patients if no social distancing practices were put into a place. 

The letter also raises alarm of the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals in San Antonio and Austin. 

"They may be unable who may be transferred from Hill Country Memorial Hospital," the letter states. Those patients would include those with advanced issues in cardiovascular care, pediatrics and trauma. 

The hospital recommended an immediate shelter-in-place order that would last through midnight April 5. 

The hospital leaders admit there are no coronavirus cases in Gillespie County, but said cases are inevitable. If the order is not put into effect, hospital officials said they could face an onslaught of hospitalizations and patients in intensive care. 

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