ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Ector County Health Department has confirmed 38 new cases of COVID-19 in the county. This brings the total to 434.
Stats also show more than 200 have recovered.
The recent spike has prompted local health officials to reiterate their calls for residents to wear masks in public and to practice social distancing.
Dr. Rohith Saravanan also directly called on City and County leadership to put a mask requirement in place to help prevent the spread of the illness in the community.
“Do it,” Dr. Saravanan said bluntly during their Monday COVID-19 briefing. “I’m telling you guys as county commissioners and I’m telling you guys as city mayor, do it. Stand up. Stand up and make the statement. Say we are going to mandate it, even if we can’t enforce it, just mandate it.”
Mayor David Turner heard that message and says he has already instructed the City Attorney to draft a mask ordinance.
However, he noted that City officials wanted to see what numbers looked like Wednesday before any final decision was made on the ordinance.
Turner says they plan to announced their decision “fairly quickly.”
You can follow this link for more information on individual cases in the county.