MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials with Midland Health are set to provide another update regarding the rising case numbers and their COVID-19 response Monday morning.
The update comes as case numbers rapidly increased over the past two weeks. More than 240 Coronavirus cases were confirmed just last week in the Tall City. The total case count now stands at 563.
The recent spikes have prompted local doctors to renew their calls for wearing masks in public and to practice social distancing. However, last week local officials stopped short of making masks in public a requirement for residents or businesses.
Midland Mayor Patrick Payton said he was not considering a mask ordinance and opted instead to rely on Tall City residents to be disciplined in their battle against Coronavirus.
Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers also said last week that a mask ordinance would be virtually impossible to enforce but noted he has seen the lax stance on precautions first hand.
“It is also sort of amazing to me that we have to tell adults in our community who are witnessing these explosive increases in positive cases everyday that they have to wear a mask,” Meyers said. “We should use our good sense, listen to the experts that are talking to us, recognize that we both protect those around us and to a lesser extent ourselves when we wear a mask in public. Fundamentally, if you can’t be at least six feet away from everyone else around you, you should have a mask on. Period. That is not debatable. That is clear. It has been indicated for a long time. It continues to amaze me how few of us are taking those precautions.”
Statewide, Gov. Greg Abbott moved to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Texas by issuing an executive order that closed bars and reduced the capacity at local restaurants.
Mayor Payton is expected to address the recent executive order at 3:30 p.m.