ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – 300 new Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Ector County, according to an update Monday afternoon.
The total case count is now at 1,392, with a confirmed count of 946 and a probable count of 446.
Additionally stats show 552 have recovered from the virus and 1,138 tests are currently pending.
Officials with Medical Center Hospital, the Ector County Health Department, and Odessa Regional Medical Center are prepared to discuss their COVID-19 response and provide updates following the holiday weekend.
As of Thursday, the total case count in Ector County was at 1,092, with 718 confirmed cases and 374 probable cases.
Officials at MCH also announced the ninth and 10th COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday. The ninth patient was a man in his 60’s and the 10th was a woman in her 70’s. MCH officials say both died on July 4 and both had pre-existing conditions.
Officials noted their concern over the holiday weekend urging the community to again avoid large crowds and to wear masks in public.
They were offered some help from Gov. Greg Abbott who announced a face covering requirement last week to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The decision has proven to be a controversial move as some locally have supported the decision while others have voiced their disappointment in Gov. Abbott. The Ector County Republican Party voted to censure Abbott over the weekend.
Odessa Police noted over the weekend that officers would not actively be looking for violators and would prioritize other calls for service. However, if they were to respond or encounter a violation, city officials said officers would follow the order outlined by the Governor.
Some lawmakers are also “urging” Governor Abbott to call a special session to handle to COVID-19 outbreak.
State Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) took to social media over the weekend.
“The task of mitigating COVID-19 is a mountain of a task and that responsibility should not fall on one person’s shoulders. The legislative branch should have a more formal role in the state’s response, while staying true to the principles established by a free people,” Perry wrote. “This is why I urge Governor Abbott to convene a special session to allow the legislature to pass legislation and hold hearing regarding the COVID-19 response. It should not be the sole responsibility of one person to manage all of the issues related to a disaster that has not end in sight.”
Only the Governor can call a special session.
While Gov. Abbott has not hinted at a special session, his office, along with the Department of State Health Services, announced over the weekend that an additional five cases of Remdesivir would be sent to hospitals in Midland and Odessa to treat patients with COVID-19.
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