25 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ector County

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ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – 25 new Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Ector County, according to stats released Friday afternoon.

The total case count is now at 325, with an active case count of 243.

The update Friday comes as cases have spiked across the Permian Basin. Just this week, 87 cases have been confirmed in Ector County.

However, spikes are being seen throughout Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott sent a message of reassurance earlier this week saying local hospitals have the capacity to treat patients as a result of COVID-19.

One difference between the Basin and the rest of the state is the hospitalizations. Local health officials say the silver lining in the recent spikes is that hospitalizations remain low in Midland and Odessa.

“We have to somehow find balance,” Dr. Timothy Benton, MCH Chief Medical Office, said Thursday regarding the spike and the state reopening. “The virus is not going away. I anticipate it is going to be here for months ahead…thankfully we don’t have an overrun of critical care patients.”

Watch the full update from MCH, ORMC and the Ector County Health Department

They also noted that they are prepared to receive patients of the situation changes.

Officials with Medical Center Hospital said Friday that have 16 patients in-house at the hospital, five of which are in the critical care unit.

Both Dr. Benton and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rohith Saravanan reiterated Thursday that the community needs to do their part to flatten the curve. The way to do it: wear masks in public, avoid large gatherings and practice social distancing.

Additionally, MCH CEO Russell Tippin says they have had conversations with the Governor regarding elective procedures.

Tippin said slowing down on elective procedures could be “disastrous” for local hospitals who are battling the virus but also trying to treat patients.

“It comes down to each individual person masking up and doing the right thing,” Tippin said Thursday. “If you are sick, stay at home. We have been saying that for 20 weeks now.”

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