MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials with Midland Health are expected to address the rising case numbers being confirmed in Midland County this morning.
So far this week, 172 cases have been confirmed in Midland County, representing a large increase from the previous week’s total number of 121. There are currently 494 confirmed cases, according to stats from the health department.
However, case numbers are also rising state-wide.
Gov. Greg Abbott said earlier this week that COVID-19 was spreading at an “unacceptable rate” and it was up to Texans to corral the virus.
The Governor also announced that four additional cases of Remdesivir would be sent to the Midland-Odessa area to help combat the virus and treat patients.
Recent updates have prompted various communities in Texas to consider or enact mask requirements. Odessa Mayor David Turner said Wednesday that he has instructed the City Attorney to begin drafting a mask ordinance.
However, Midland Mayor Patrick Payton thus far, says city leaders are not considering any mask requirements in Midland.
“We are not in the process of looking to mandate the wearing of face masks,” Payton said earlier this week. “Businesses still have the option to say whether or not they want to mandate masks in their place of business.”
Despite no ordinance, local health officials continue stressing the need to wear masks in public and to practice social distancing.