MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Midland Mayor Patrick Payton will discuss the City’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic this morning, along with a recent order from Governor Greg Abbott.
Last week, the Governor ordered bars across the state to close their doors and reduced restaurant capacity to 50 percent in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”
He also announced that any additional reopening phases have been paused until case numbers and hospitalizations have gone down.
In seven of the last eight days, more than 5,000 new cases have been confirmed in Texas. That number soared again on Monday as the number of confirmed cases was just under 7,000.
Payton addressed the rising case numbers last week prior to the Governor’s Orders and called on Tall City residents to be responsible and heed the warnings from medical professionals, as the next step could be another economic shut down.
However, Payton stopped short of calling for mask requirements or other similar requirements leaving the decision up to Midlanders to be responsible.
Case numbers, according to stats from the City, show the trend of confirmed cases is still on the rise in Midland. So far this week, more than 138 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.
Thus far, 701 cases have been confirmed in Midland County.