ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Nine new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Ector County, according to stats released Tuesday.
This brings the overall case count in Ector County to 124. Stats also show 2041 have been tested for the virus thus far, with 1809 coming back negative.
80 have recovered from the virus and 108 tests are still pending.
Meanwhile, officials with Medical Center Hospital are working to contact patients and staff that may have come in contact with a nurse who tested positive over the weekend.
Officials say the nurse worked at the West University Clinic and say she was asymptomatic. Her last day of work was May 14.
MCH officials say the nurse came in contact with about 49 patients.
Also, County officials announced Odessa Fire/Rescue is already working to test residents at all licensed nursing home facilities in the city, per orders from the Governor.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced the order back on May 11 and tasked local fire departments with the testing efforts.
“This partnership builds upon our efforts to expand COVID-19 in the Lone Star State, especially among our most vulnerable Texans,” Gov. Abbott noted. “I thank our local fire departments for continuing to serve their fellow Texans throughout the COVID-19 response. By serving their communities in this new capacity, we will continue to contain the spread of the virus and protest the health and safety of all Texans.”
Additionally, MCH officials say they are working with local nursing homes to help develop a plan should an outbreak occur.
The City of Odessa has seven licensed nursing home facilities and the deadline for testing to be complete is May 25.