MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Midland Health held a conference this morning to update the Midland community as cases climb.
Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers stating Texas has now passed over 2 million people tested.
On a local scale, Midland has 563 confirmed cases and 14 deaths.
One concern for Meyers is testing is starting to get back up. 218 test are waiting results, some of them dating back to last Tuesday. Currenlty, there are 18 COVID patients in the hospital. Five are in critical care and 13 are in the COVID unit.
Another area of concern for Midland Health is they have ran out of remdesivir over the weekend.
“We are working diligently to find some more,” says Meyers.
Meyers and Chief Medical Officer Larry Wilson state they have seen results of treating COVID patients with remdesivir but Wilson and other experts say the jury is still out the drug.
“What we have seen is pretty much everybody we’ve used it on, there’s been multiple I don’t remember the exact number of cases we used it on but it’s probably been 10 or more,” says Wilson. “All of those patients have recovered. Speaking to the critical care doctors and the infectious disease doctors, they are not ready to say that it’s because of the remdesivir, while we are doing the COVID convalescent plasma on all these patients as well.”
A lot of logistical challenges ahead for Midland Health as they continue to work toward setting up another testing site and acquiring more tests.
“Plans are still coming. Our team has met this morning, we are also engaged with the county’s emergency management folks but we still have too many details left to pen down before we are able to announce anything just yet,” says Meyers.
To watch the whole conference, click here.