Texas deploys 2,500 out-of-state medical workers to fight Covid as younger patients crowd hospitals

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Dr. Joseph Varon, right, and Jeffrey Ndove, left, perform a procedure for hypothermia treatment on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit on Christmas Eve at the United Memorial Medical Center on December 24, 2020 in Houston, Texas.Go Nakamura | Getty ImagesDALLAS — Hospitals in Texas are suspending elective procedures and turning to 2,500 medical workers from other states to help combat a surge in Covid cases as increasingly younger and healthier patients who didn't get vaccinated against the virus crowd treatment floors.The state is bracing for what could be its most aggressive fight against the coronavirus yet as the delta variant rips across the country and hits states with low vaccination rates and relaxed public health measures, particularly in the South and Midwest.Covid cases in the Lone Star State have exploded in the last few weeks. Texas is averaging about 15,419 new cases per day  as of Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University,
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