128 new cases reported in Ector County

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ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – 128 new Coronavirus cases are being reported in Ector County, according to an update Tuesday afternoon.

Stats show 2259 confirmed cases and 1007 probable cases for a total count of 3266. Additionally, stats show 1113 active cases.

As with recent updates from local health officials, Thursday’s briefing was a mixed bag of results. Odessa Regional Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer Rohith Saravanan says the positivity rate is increasing in Ector County, but the hospitalization rate is going down.

“One of the things we have been seeing more recently is an increase in the positivity rate, which is basically the number of tests coming back positive out of the total number of tests being done, but a decrease in the hospitalization rate,” Dr. Saravanan said.

Currently, Dr. Saravanan noted Thursday that the overall positivity rate is about 20 percent but looking at a seven or 14-day average, that rate is closer to 30 percent.

The doctor speculated that the reasoning could be several things:

“It tells you that the severity of the disease we are seeing in our community is probably going down, because they are not needing hospitalization, but they are turning positive,” Dr. Saravanan said.

The Doctor, along with Medical Center Hospital CEO Russell Tippin, also said they have seen more people in the community wearing masks and noted the mandate appears to be making a difference.

Hospital officials will provide another briefing Monday afternoon.

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