COVID-19 cases rise in the Permian Basin as state re-opens

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Despite the increase in COVID-19 cases Texas is continuing to re-open the state. Ector County health officials stating Tuesday during commissioners court that the county is also seeing an increase in cases.

Brandy Garcia, the Director of the Ector County Health Department said, “May 1st we had 81 cases, as of yesterday at 3 p.m. we had 151 cases that does have a pretty dramatic increase in the month of May.”

The Ector County Health Department says a lot of cases are a result of family gatherings.

“Groups that we’ve seen have come from funerals, we’ve had several funerals that we’ve had a lot of cases come from. Family gatherings like the baby showers, mothers day, when we’re talking to these individuals, we ask them where they’ve been and what they’ve been doing,” she said.

 For now, they have been able to successfully find the clusters of patients before they spiral out of control but what happens when more people go out? Coming off of a busy Memorial Day weekend and graduation week this may be a cause for concern.

“When we say cluster usually we are having 4-9 individuals that were linked to it. We feel that we’ve been very fortunate that we’re able to kind of control the clusters. That shows that the contact tracing is working,” said the Director.

Ector County is now at  6 COVID-19 related deaths, one death is not being counted towards the county  because the person was not a resident of Ector County.

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