49 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths reported in Midland County

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) –49 new Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Midland County, along with two virus-related deaths, according to an update Tuesday.

This brings the overall case count to 976.

City officials say the first patient was a man in his 60’s who died on Saturday and the second was a woman in her 70’s who died Monday. Both were being treated at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers noted Tuesday morning that the percentage of positive patients has gone up and said the hospital’s COVID census is also up. Additionally, Meyers said they have about 176 tests pending.

“We are clearly concerned about the continuing growth of positive tests and I’m very hopeful myself that the Governor’s mask order will affect behavior and will begin to moderate some of the growth,” Meyers said.

Although case numbers continue to spike, there was some good news for the Midland-Odessa area over the weekend in the ongoing response to COVID-19.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Saturday that additional cases of Remdesivir will be sent to the Permian Basin to treat patients battling the illness.

Additionally, Meyers says he has seen a change since Governor Abbott implemented the mask requirement.

However, medical experts say real progress will be seen in the weeks to come.

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