Hospitals, Health Department to discuss COVID-19 after weeks of positive trends

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Ector County has seen a few weeks of positive trends in regards to Coronavirus.

Case numbers keep trending down and hospitalizations have stabilized, or dropped in recent weeks, health officials have said.

While health officials expect to have some increase as kids go back to school, Dr. Timothy Benton says it isn’t going away, residents need to accept that, adapt and move forward.

“I think we have to figure out how to deal with this because it isn’t going away and that means dealing with it in multiple ways, what I mean dealing with COVID, in multiple areas, not just school in all of our public life,” Dr. Benton said. “What we are doing seems to be working in keeping numbers down. I hope we can continue that but this is a respiratory virus spread by people gathering close to each other so whatever we do, we need to adapt those protocols to limit the spread.”

While case numbers have gone down in recent weeks, the positivity rate actually went up last week, according to stats from the Ector County Health Department.

For several weeks, Ector County positivity trends were rising and peaked at just over 19 percent. It then dropped to 17.4 percent but has since gone back up to 18 percent in Ector County.

As of Thursday afternoon, there are 2,643 confirmed cases and 1,288 probable cases for a total of 3,931 in Ector County.

Stats show that there are more than 700 active cases, and about 240 tests are pending. The ECHD is expected to update those numbers at 5:30 p.m. this evening.

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