ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Halloween is this weekend and many experts are worried this could lead to another spike in COVID-19 cases.
Russell Meyers, the CEO of Midland Memorial Hospital said, “The outbreak is much more widespread. It is continuing as we see testing numbers go up and percentage positive testing go up.”
With the rise in cases, experts are urging people to celebrate Halloween at home with your loved ones.
Dr. Terry Beck with WesTex Urgent Care said, “Think about other people and not just yourself because we know that there is going to be, you know, cases of COVID might increase after Halloween night.”
While experts are urging people to socially distance the city of Odessa and Midland are coming up with safe activities for those that want to go out
Odessa Fire Rescue and OPD will be hosting a trunk or treat from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Halloween.
“There’s nothing wrong with carrying some hand sanitizer with you and using that along the way but also when you get back home you might even get some kind of a wipe to wipe down some of their candy just in case there is a chance that somebody who had COVID-19 might have touched that,” said Dr. Beck.
Midland County Sheriff’s Office will also be partnering with big sky drive in for a free movie starting at 7:25 p.m. They are asking people to bring their own food but masks and sanitations will be provided.
Dr. Beck says it’s also a good idea to find a way to incorporate a mask into your kid’s costumes.
“A lot of kids are already wearing something on their face. It would be very easy to incorporate all kids of different masks into their costumes. The key is making sure that they keep it on instead of tossing it to the side or putting it in their bag,” he said.