Health officials warn public amid second COVID-19 surge


MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – After another surge in COVID-19 cases in the Basin health officials are urging people to social distance and wear a mask when they go out.

Russell Meyers, the Midland Health CEO said, “We are in a critical time for our community I would say this is worse than the first peak.”

According to Meyers, there are multiple outbreak locations which means it will take weeks to get it under control. This is the sixth week in a row that Midland has seen a positivity rate increase.

“It is continuing as we see testing numbers go up so we know that some of those patients will become symptomatic and need hospitalization over the next couple of weeks. The light is not there at the end of the tunnel just yet,” he added.

Right now, there are 208 patients in the hospital, 54 of them are COVID-19 patients, 35 patients are on ventilators and 27 of them are vented in critical care. The Midland Health Department is advising people to keep being cautious and not get fatigued.

Whitney Craig, the Health & Senior Services Manager said, “It’s all in what we do as community members and neighbors. Twenty-twenty has been a rough year and we are all tired, we are, but we have to get through this and we can only do that if we approach mitigation as a community.”

Midland Mayor Patrick Payton also calling on the community to listen to health officials as they guide us through this pandemic.

“We still have to be disciplined even in our re-opening processes and all of our places of business and in all of our places of work,” said the Mayor.

The hospital will also be making changes; starting Monday, October, 26th they will suspend all elective surgeries and visitation limits will be back in place.

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