Gov. Abbott to address COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations

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AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Governor Greg Abbott will give an update Monday on the state’s efforts to battle Coronavirus.

Over the past six days alone, more than 21,000 cases have been confirmed throughout the state. Each day’s new case total surpassed any other single-day number, according to data from Texas Health and Human Services.

  • June 16: 2,622
  • June 17: 3,129
  • June 18: 3,516
  • June 19: 3,454
  • June 20: 4,430
  • June 21: 3,866

The previous record number of daily confirmed cases was June 10: 2,504
Stats provided by Texas Health and Human Services

The state-wide numbers look fairly similar to what is happening in the Permian Basin. Over the past two weeks, COVID-19 cases have risen considerably, prompting warnings from local health officials.

Just last week, more than 80 new cases were confirmed in Ector County, while 121 new cases were confirmed in Midland County.

Specifically, officials with the Ector County Health Department say they have seen an increase in cases from those between the ages of 20 and 30 linked to a number of businesses in both Midland and Odessa that serve alcohol.

Additionally, Medical Center Hospital recorded the seventh COVID-19-related death over the weekend. The patient was a resident at a nursing home facility in Odessa. Officials say the man was in his 90’s and note he had several pre-existing conditions.

However, officials with Midland Memorial Hospital, Odessa Regional Medical Center, and MCH say there are some differences between the state and local data.

While positive case numbers are up across the board, local health experts say the hospitalization rate in the Permian Basin remains low.

The total case counts in the Permian Basin are:

  • Ector: 325
  • Midland: 322
  • Andrews: 44
  • Martin: 6
  • Howard: 26
  • Glasscock: 5
  • Winkler: 6
  • Loving: 0
  • Ward: 8
  • Crane: 46
  • Upton: 1
  • Reagan: 2
  • Reeves: 14
  • Pecos: 112
  • Terrell: 0
  • Jeff Davis: 0
  • Presidio: 11
  • Brewster: 24
    Stats provided by the Texas Health and Human Services and local health departments

Gov. Abbott is expected to address the positive test rate and hospitalizations today during his update at 2 p.m. Watch the Governor’s Address here, On Big 2 News, or on the Big 2 News – KMID Facebook page.

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