Ector County hasn’t seen it’s COVID-19 peak yet


ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – COVID-19 numbers went up again in Ector County, according to new data released Monday afternoon.

With Gov. Greg Abbott announcing a phased re-opening of the Texas economy and discussions happening at a federal level to do the same, local doctors say Ector County has not hit it’s peak yet.

The question now is, when will Ector County arrive at the peak?

Stats show there are now 60 confirmed cases and five deaths, and the number of confirmed cases continues to grow each day.

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“Each week, if you look at our numbers…have been doubling every week,” Dr. Rohith Saravanan with ORMC said on Monday. “We are in the part of the curve, where our curve is still on the rise. This is a very regional issue right now…we have not flattened the curve yet.”

The issue has been complicated due to the recent positive test at a local nursing home, Madison Medical Resort and a slew of others within EZ-Rider.

Since the initial positive at Madison Medical Resort, both Odessa Regional Medical Center and Medical Center Hospital have teamed up to conduct testing at the facility.

MCH says more than 100 employees have been tested. Thus far 27 have come back negative. Meanwhile, ORMC explained they have tested 98 residents at the facility with 38 negative results.

Additionally, MCH CEO Russell Tippin confirmed a nurse tested positive for COVID-19. Tippin said she was tested over the weekend and they received the result on Sunday. MCH officials say the nurse has not been within the facility since April 11.

“We have gone back and done some research on any patient exposure and anybody that nurse came in contact with we are going to notify them that if they are having symptoms to follow up with their primary care physician,” Tippin said.

With numbers on the rise and pending results still coming back, Dr. Saravanan points to the projections to find the answer.

The Doctor says projections show Ector County could peak sometime between the end of April and the end of May.

County data, as of Monday afternoon, shows nearly 900 people have been tested in Ector County with 612 of those coming back negative. 223 tests are still pending and 28 people have recovered from the virus.

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