The medical staff is gone but the medical equipment remains in place at the two alternative medical centers that were quickly set up this summer as the Valley suffered through a very deadly coronavirus crisis.
State officials have deactivated the COVID-19 acute care facility inside the McAllen Convention Center and the recovery center at the Casa de Amistad convention hall in Harlingen.
However, local health officials tell the Valley Morning Star that the state is, quote – keeping them warm – in the event the Valley sees another spike in COVID-19 cases as the state takes additional steps to reopen.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management began operating the two facilities in early August as local hospitals became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients – a crisis that saw dozens of deaths a day during a several week period.
State officials say that although doctors and nurses have been moved to other areas, they can be called back at a moment’s notice in the event the two alternative COVID care facilities have to be reactivated.