ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – According to local health records, the Permian Basin has seen a slight decrease in new COVID-19 cases.
But Dr. Timothy Benton , Chairman of Texas Tech University Health Sciences said this doesn’t mean the public can go back to normal soon.
” It’s not that the virus is gone,” Dr. Benton said. ” As long as there are people that test positive within community there’s still risk for going back up on a peak.”
According to Ector County COVID-19 records , weekly confirmed cases have dropped form just more than 500 in the second week of July to more than 300 in the last week of July.
While the cause of this downward trend is not entirely known, Dr. Benton hopes it’s from the public practicing proper safety measures.
“Both people wearing a mask is important,’ Dr, Benton said. “When the positive person wears a mask and I’m not positive and wearing my mask then the chance of transmission is low.”
Midland county has seen a slight decrease of infectious patients in hospitals. Dr.Lawrence Wilson, Chief Medical Officer at Midland Health said this could change if the public lets its guard down.
“I think people have recognized the reality,” Dr. Wilson said. ” If we are careful about this, we can keep the disease slow down and decrease the amount of people that are getting sick. And if we don’t do those things, it will become a significant problem again.”
But as we see a lower trend of new COVID-19 cases in our community, Dr.Wilson said everyone should continue to social distance and to always wear a mask in order to go back to normal.
“The reason that we are doing better right now is because we’ve adapted to behaviors that are allowing us to be better,” Dr.Wilson said. “And we need to maintain those for the foreseeable future.”