Local Hospitals, Health Department provide update on COVID-19 response

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ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Odessa Regional Medical Center, The Ector County Health Department and Medical Center Hospital will provide another update on their COVID-19 response this afternoon.

The update comes after a week of record numbers in Ector County and in the state of Texas. Just last week, more than 180 Coronavirus cases were confirmed in the County.

The rising numbers prompted concern from local health officials and City leadership. Health officials renewed their calls for the public to wear masks and to practice social distancing where possible.

Meanwhile, Mayor David Turner also expressed his concern and even called for the City Attorney to draft a mask ordinance.

The Odessa City Council held a meeting Monday morning to discuss the mask ordinance, which was overwhelmingly rejected as just one person voted in favor.

Throughout the state, more than 5,000 new cases had been confirmed in each of the last six days. The rising case numbers and hospitalizations prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to issue an executive order closing bars in Texas and reducing the capacity for restaurants to 50 percent.

Gov. Abbott is expected to address Texans again Tuesday night.

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