UPDATE: 227 new Coronavirus cases have been reported in Ector County, according to an update Friday afternoon.
Stats show the total case count is now at 1,829 with 1,235 confirmed cases and 594 probable cases. Officials say the active case count is now at 1,019.
Additionally, stats show 796 have recovered from the virus and 938 tests are still pending.
ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – New Coronavirus case numbers are expected from the Ector County Health Department Friday as local health experts prepare to discuss their next steps in responding to the virus.
The data from State officials and from local health departments continues to show high case counts along with rising hospitalization rates and deaths. At least three deaths have been reported in Ector County and more than 500 new COVID-19 cases.
In Ector County, as of Wednesday, more than 60 people were hospitalized with 31 of those patients currently in ICUs and 17 on ventilators.
Elective procedures will also soon come to a stop at both Medical Center Hospital and Odessa Regional Medical Center, per Governor Greg Abbott’s orders.
Throughout the state, more than 9,500 new cases have been reported over the last three days. On Tuesday, the daily case count was over 10,000. Texas also set new daily records on virus-related fatalities during the same time period. On Tuesday, 60 were recorded. On Wednesday, 98 and Thursday 105.
The rising number prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to implement a mask requirement last week with the goal of slowing the spread of the virus throughout the state and to keep the economy open.
Governor Abbott spoke to our partners in Lubbock Friday and said, even with the requirement in place, numbers could get worse before they get better.
Additionally, Don Evans, a member of the Governor’s strike force to reopen Texas said Abbott is ‘laser-focused on Midland-Odessa’ due to the growing case numbers and hospitalizations.
While there is no direct order from state leaders to close the state down again, Evans warned that if residents in the Permian Basin do not do their part now, it is a real possibility.
“I don’t know exactly…what the hospitalization utilization number is that he’s laser-focused on, but I know he is laser-focused on Midland-Odessa,” Evans said. “I also know that he is saying that if we can’t turn this trend around in the next couple weeks or so there is going to be a serious threat the economy has to be shut down again. He’s on it, he’s watching it and the trends are not what he wants to see and it is up to us to turn this around and I’m confident that we will. But this is serious. We are not kidding.”
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