MMH provides update on COVID-19 response

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Video courtesy of Midland Memorial Hospital

MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Midland Memorial Hospital provided an update on their response to COVID-19 on Wednesday morning.

Russell Meyers, CEO of Midland Health, says currently they have no coronavirus positive patients in the hospital.

Meyers started the morning by expressing condolences to the man who died as a result of COVID-19 on Tuesday saying the hospital was saddened by the death.

While the man has not been identified, Midland County officials say he was in his 60’s and had no significant underlying health issues.

While expressing his condolences to the family, Meyers says he hopes it serves as a wake-up call and that residents in Midland and the Permian Basin will take coronavirus seriously and stay home.

The CEO also discussed the current numbers in Midland.

Meyers said they have sent off 169 samples for testing, but few have been returned however, they expect those back, “any day now.”

Currently, three cases have been confirmed in Midland. One was the patient who died on Tuesday. Two more were confirmed late Tuesday, another man in his 60’s and a pediatric patient. MMH says both are at home in isolation.

MMH currently has 15 patients who are under investigation.

Despite the numbers, Meyers says the hospital has a total of 137 patients, which amounts to about 54 percent of the hospital’s capacity. Additionally, he says the ventilator capacity at the hospital remains strong.

Finally, Meyers says with new state reporting and more test results coming back, they are expecting the confirmed cases to rise. He stressed that this does not necessarily mean there are more cases, just that more results are coming back and the new reporting system allows the state to have numbers back quicker.

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