ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – As cases surge across the Permian Basin, local doctors are hosting another virtual conference to discuss the spread of COVID-19 in Ector County.
The county has seen more than 9,000 confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic and more than 150 people have died.
Currently, there are 1,636 active cases and the hospitalization rate sits at 16.69 percent for the entire trauma service area.
The ECHD data shows more than 43,700 people have been tested and 33,770 of those have come back negative, while 661 are currently pending.
This update comes as officials worry that the Thanksgiving holiday could possibly lead to more spread in the community and put more stress on already packed hospitals.
Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made an initial allotment of more than 1.4 million doses of Vaccines for Texas in December.
The vaccines, according to a release, will begin arriving on Dec. 14 and will be distributed to qualifying providers across the state, as outline by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel.
“The State of Texas is already prepared for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, and will swiftly distribute these vaccines to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized,” The Governor said in a statement. “As we await the first shipment of these vaccines, we will work with communities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
State officials say additional allotments may be made later this month for December and increased allotments are expected in January.