MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Coronavirus case numbers are still climbing in Midland County and across Texas.
So far this week, more than 170 new cases have been confirmed in Midland County, according to stats from the City of Midland. The total case count is now at 734 overall.
Throughout the state, another record high was set on Wednesday as more than 8,000 new Coronavirus cases were confirmed. The rising numbers prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to close bars across the state and to reduce restaurant capacity along with it.
Mayor Patrick Payton addressed the Governor’s Orders along with the rising case numbers on Wednesday saying closures were and are a violation of civil liberties.
“Over the last several months, we have not just come dangerously close to violating civil liberties, we have violated civil liberties,” Payton said.
He further expressed his disappointment with the “selective nature” of the Governor’s orders saying by picking and choosing what is and is and is not essential, it can destroy businesses and livelihoods.
Watch Mayor Payton’s full statement in the video below:
The Mayor says currently, he is not considering any mask related ordinances but could not speak to what council members might bring forward. Payton said he does, however, believe strongly in a call to action and urged residents to take the precautions necessary to slow the spread of the virus.
“My faith in what we can do as a community is only possible because of what I saw you do in March, and April and most of May,” Payton said. “We know what we have to do and we are going to have to go ahead and do it.”
As of Monday, the census at Midland Memorial Hospital was down, according to CEO Russell Meyers and says he hopes that is a product of Midlander’s taking the precautions seriously. At the time of his comments, Meyer said they had 18 COVID patients in the hospital.
As of Thursday morning, MMH has added just one additional COVID patient, bringing the total to 19, according to stats from the City of Midland.