UPDATE: 210 new cases have been confirmed in Ector County, according to an update Wednesday.
Officials say there are 1,105 confirmed cases and 497 probable cases. Additionally, officials say 662 have recovered from the virus and 938 tests are still pending.
Nursing Home Report:
Total cases: 21
Active cases: 12
Sienna Nursing Home
Total cases: 15
Buena Vida Nursing Home
Total cases: 3
Active cases: 3
Madison Medical Resort
Total cases: 7
Active cases: 7
Courtyard Assisted Living
Total cases: 5
Active cases 5
ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials with both Odessa Regional Medical Center and Medical Center Hospital as well as the Ector County Health Department will discuss the current Coronavirus case numbers and their ongoing response this afternoon.
Like many cities throughout Texas, Ector County case numbers continue to rise. MCH said Tuesday that about 40 COVID-19 patients were currently hospitalized and eight were currently on ventilators. The total hospitalization count, as of Monday, in Ector County was at 52.
Mayor David Turner as well as local health officials have voiced their concerns regarding the numbers and have urged the community to take the precautions necessary to prevent a shutdown or state intervention.
In an effort to slow the spread, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring residents to wear masks in public. The topic has caused spirited conversations in the Permian Basin, even among elected officials with some choosing to enforce the order and others choosing not to.
Mayor Turner said Monday that the city does plan to enforce that order, if officers receive a call to respond.
“The police department will enforce that. There has to be a call, similar to if you call police to your home or if you call police out for a car wreck,” Turner said. “Once that call is made, they will go to the site and they can issue warnings, they will issue a warning first. Your name will be put into a database and if you are stopped again the ticket will be issued. It is not something we want to do, but unfortunately when you have 1,392 cases, plus what’s pending, its getting to the point where we have to do something.”
As of Monday, there were 1,392 COVID-19 cases in Ector County.