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Valley impacted by nationwide health care staff shortage

8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Friday, November 19 2021 Nov 19, 2021 November 19, 2021 12:16 AM November 19, 2021 in News - Local

Thousands of healthcare workers across the country have left or changed professions during the pandemic.

Hidalgo County Health Authority Dr. Ivan Melendez says the staffing shortages result in fewer beds available for patients.

“We have, for example, 2,000 hospital beds in Hidalgo County,” Melendez said. “But we can only use 1,200 right now because we just don’t have enough nursing staff.”

Melendez says with so many changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, some doctors have decided to stop practicing.

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