Coronavirus case numbers continue to rise, Midland Health to discuss response

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb across the state and in the Permian Basin.

On Wednesday, Midland County officially surpassed the 1,000 case mark with a total of 1,020 confirmed Coronavirus cases. The vast majority of the cases, according to Midland County data, are either contact with a known case or community transmission.

Stats also show that 21 people are currently hospitalized, 257 have recovered and 19 virus-related deaths have been reported as of Thursday.

While about 40 new cases have been confirmed each day this week, officials with Midland Health say they have seen signs that people are taking the virus more seriously now that Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order on masks is now in place.

“We clearly are concerned about the continuing growth in positive tests, positive results,” CEO Russell Meyers said earlier this week. “I’m very hopeful myself that the Governor’s mask order will affect behavior and will begin to moderate some of the growth. I think we are beginning to see evidence that people are behaving differently.”

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wilson said, despite the case numbers hovering around 40 per day and the positivity rate remaining high, what residents do now will change what those numbers look like in the coming weeks.

“This is going to continue, I think the trajectory we are on is going to continue for at least another couple of weeks,” Dr. Wilson said in regards to hospital admission rates, “because, as you’ve heard us say here before, you set the stage for two weeks from now with your behavior currently.”

Despite the growing numbers, there has been some good news for the hospital as additional cases of Remdesivir have been delivered to facilities in Midland and Odessa, and specifically at Midland Memorial Hospital, they have been able to continue elective procedures and resume some of their normal functions.

Midland Health will address the case numbers and their response to the virus at 10 a.m.

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