Soldiers will staff a wing of a north Houston hospital to treat COVID-19 patients as Texas sought help from across the country to deal with its coronavirus surge. (July 16)
- Hello, ma'am. Who are you?
SHEILA JACKSON LEE: [INAUDIBLE] district. I'm congresswoman Jackson.
- Hi, ma'am. How are you doing?
SHEILA JACKSON LEE: It's a pleasure, and I will probably see you, again, tomorrow. I've been working for this hospital for a very long time.
This facility, working with the United States military, it's something that we asked for. Not only to the hospital, but members of Congress were on a phone call asking the federal government to provide extra nurses, ICU nurses, ICU doctors, respiratory therapists. We didn't have them 10 days ago.
And I think that the key of all of that is--
We have exhausted medical personnel that we are so grateful to, but we didn't have enough. We didn't have enough people in the Medical Center. They were needing resources. Now by having this team of 86 medical personnel from the United States military in the defense med task force that utilizes these individuals, it is going to do two things, lift the load off of medical professionals that have worked almost nonstop for 90 days since March and beyond. And two, because of the load of patients this facility will take in, a lot from rural Texas, and those are our neighbors. We'll be able to have the personnel that will take care of them.