Local hospitals, ECHD provide update on COVID-19 response

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ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials with Medical Center Hospital, the Ector County Health Department and Odessa Regional Medical Center are set to provide another update Wednesday as case numbers increase.

Case numbers have surged in recent weeks across Texas and in the Permian Basin. Last week 87 cases were confirmed in Ector County and that number has nearly been matched this week.

Local doctors have warned that if the number of hospitalizations continue to rise, they will soon be enacting their surge plans as they address capacity.

Another warning being reiterated by local health officials is the use of masks in public and social distancing.

Odessa Mayor David Turner noted in the update Wednesday that he has tasked the City Attorney to draft a mask ordinance. However, Turner said no final decision has been made as they wanted to see what numbers looked like on Wednesday.

Gov. Greg Abbott sent similar warnings earlier this week saying COVID-19 was spreading at an “unacceptable rate” and that it was on Texans to corral it. The Governor said the most effective way to do this is by wearing a mask in public and to practice social distancing.

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