THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF ODESSA.
As of Saturday, March, 21, 2020 there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ector County.
• Ector County Health Department (ECHD) is aware of 15 samples collected, 11 are negative, 4 are pending results. These numbers may seem lower than other areas. This is because of testing facilities, such as drive-thru testing. Those generate more numbers. Our hospitals will be using the urgent care clinics which are strategically located throughout the county. This will be more efficient than a central clinic.
• ECHD is unaware of private collection samples until they are reported
• ECHD would like to remind Ector County Citizens that ONLY 1.6% of Texans infected with COVID
19 have died. 98% of persons who are infected with COVID-19 survive with only mild symptoms.
• Please continue to follow CDC guidelines
There are two methods for being tested:
- Private Process
a. A person can contact their primary care physician paid for by the patient or insurance.
The criteria for testing may differ from CDC requirements.
- Government Testing
a. The CDC criteria MUST BE MET to qualify for no costs testing through the public labs.
(Test results are usually 24-48 hours)
b. Refer to DSHS guide for this criteria
Beginning on Monday 23, 2020 Medical Center Hospital is opening a call center for screening and urgent care centers will be screening patients for testing. That number is 432-640-2747.
A person can call 2-1-1 and be directed to low or no cost providers