WATCH: Governor Abbott provides update on COVID-19 in Texas

WATCH: Governor Abbott provides update on COVID-19 in Texas
Greg Abbott (Source: Miguel Gutiérrez Jr./ The Texas Tribune)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Governor Greg Abbott held a news conference Tuesday, June 16, to give an update on the state’s hospital capacity as a spike in COVID-19 cases continues.

Gov. Abbott Coronavirus press conference 06/16/2020 - clipped version

Governor Greg Abbott was joined by Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs of the University of Texas System John Zerwas. The Governor and Doctor Zerwas was also joined by Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, and Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd.

Right now, there are 51,365 staffed beds in Texas, 14,525 of which are available. There are 1,626 ICU beds available and 5,626 ventilators available as of June 15.

The news conference began just after 1:00 p.m.

KCBD streamed the news conference live on the web and app.

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