ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – On Monday, the City of Odessa will shelter in place.
Mayor David Turner said in an update Saturday evening that he will declare a shelter in place for the city.
“It is not something we want to do but it is vital right now with our first case and with all of the other communities that cases are going higher and higher,” Turner said in the Facebook video.
Additionally, Mayor Turner is asking all businesses to allow employees to work from home if they have the ability to do so.
Currently, one case has been confirmed in Ector County. County Judge Debi Hays announced the case on Friday and on Saturday night the county identified her as a woman in her 50’s.
The woman is currently in isolation at a hospital in the city. However, the source of her exposure is currently unknown.
Since the case was confirmed Friday, the City has closed down playgrounds but the parks remain open. The City also announced Saturday that Ratliff Ranch Golf Course will be closed until further notice starting on Monday.
Turner said they plan to also close pavillions and other equipment at the parks to encourage social distancing. Restrictions at large stores are also on the table as the City looks at viable options to stop the spread of the virus, according to the video from Turner.
He also addressed rumors that he had been exposed to the virus. Turner said he did have a family member who is sick and has been hospitalized, but that he has taken all CDC precautions. The Mayor also said he has been wearing protective gear but has not been given a quarantine order by the doctor.
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