​Dallas Mayor Orders Daily Updates from Hospitals

Alan Scaia
March 31, 2020 - 12:47 pm

DALLAS (KRLD) - The mayor of Dallas says he wants hospitals in the city to provide a daily update on conditions as they try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Eric Johnson says he wants hospitals to send a report to his office by 4 p.m. each day on how many beds they have available and how many ventilators they have available.

Johnson says he wants to provide the public with as much information as possible to help people understand the scope of the pandemic.

"Transparency and facts are key to slowing the spread of this virus," he says.

Johnson says information can also put people at ease. He says unemployment and the number of cases of COVID-19 are both still increasing.

"This is tough, and this insidious virus is going to test us," Johnson says. "But it will not break us."

Johnson and Rocky Vaz, the director of the Dallas office of emergency management, says no hospital has reported a shortage of available beds or a shortage of ventilators.

In addition to updates from hospitals, Johnson says police will shift from education to enforcement on crowd limits in parks and on the Katy Trail.

Vaz says the National Guard and Navy are both communicating with local hospitals to define the mission for the temporary medical center at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

"What type of patients do they want to see in that facility?" Vaz says. "Then give us 48 hours notice to be able to turn the hospital on."