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City officials meet with Governor Abbott via video conference

Although the Red Roof Inn, or the step-down care facility, has been housing just five non-ICU COVID patients at this time, the restrictions of who will be allowed to stay there could be changing.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 4:21 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - July has been the deadliest month for the community due to the virus with more than 100 people having lost their lives.

Hospitals continue to be overwhelmed with people fighting the virus day and night. However, local officials hear from state entities who reassure them that help is on the way.

This week city and county officials let the public know the state was coming down to evaluate the needs at both hospitals.

Although the Red Roof Inn, or the step-down care facility, has been housing just five non-ICU COVID patients at this time, the restrictions of who will be allowed to stay there could be changing.

“We discussed the Red Roof as well and we’re in the process of getting that criteria adjusted so more patients can be admitted there,” said Ramiro Elizondo.

Interim Fire Chief Ramiro Elizondo was just one of many entities on the call with state officials including Governor Greg Abbott.

Representatives from Doctors Hospital also spoke about the need to change the requirements at the step-down facility.

“The state has come in and has put some criteria in that facility that has been very difficult for us to get our patients at that level,” said Chad Dunavan. “The Red Roof is in that site.”

Chad Dunavan from Doctors Hospital says they could be getting a sigh of relief soon.

“We are looking forward to potentially having more acute site set up in the next week or so sooner. The state has been very gracious to come in and listen to our need and work with us. To figure out what it might take from an equipment stand point, staffing standpoint to get those sites set up.”

While questions about our local hospitals are getting answered, the mayor directly asked Governor Abbott if they are allowed to officially close amusement redemption facilities, or 8-liners.

“Will you allow us to close down maquinitas? And the govenor clearly says you are granted that authority right now,” said City Manager Robert Eads. “Can we close down bingos? You are granted that authority right now. Those are the words I heard.”

Eads says those words from the governor were the reassurance they needed to help deal with our local crisis.

The city says the governor will likely send the order to close down 8-liner business at a later date.

Restaurants will continue operating dine-in services at 50 percent capacity, but the possibility of closing dine-in services at 10 p.m. in order to coincide with the current 10 p.m. curfew was discussed as a possibility in the near future.

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