LUBBOCK, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Gov. Greg Abbott is set to host a news conference in Lubbock Thursday afternoon.
Governor Abbott plans to discuss the distribution of bamlianivimab, an antibody therapy used to combat COVID-19. He will be joined by various state and local health officials at the conference this afternoon.
It is one of the first news conferences the Governor has called in several weeks regarding Coronavirus. In that time, cases have surged across the state, particularly in El Paso and Lubbock. Spikes have also been seen in the Permian Basin.
Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers called it a ‘critical time’ for the community as the spike is widespread across West Texas. Hospital officials have also noted they are running out of room at their facilities as hospitalizations rise along with case numbers.
Data shows that there have been recording numbers of COVID-19 cases in Texas in recent weeks. Across Texas, more than 10,000 new cases have been reported at least three days in November, with a record 10,823 recorded on Tuesday.
The Texas Department of State Health Services also reports nearly 8,000 people are currently hospitalized throughout the state, 305 of which are in the Trauma Service area that includes Midland and Odessa.
Local hospital officials say they crossed Gov. Abbott’s 15 percent threshold earlier this week and if they continue to stay above that threshold for seven days, capacity restrictions could be adjusted.