(Big 2/Fox 24) – Several months have passed since Coronavirus hit the Permian Basin. Some Counties like Midland and Ector have seen surges, others have largely managed to fend off the virus.
Meanwhile, the local economy has evaporated as oil markets trend low, layoffs and furloughs are rampant and local municipalities are trying to fight off the downturn anyway they can.
In recent weeks, the COVID-19 outlook has improved as daily case numbers have dropped along with hospitalizations.
This rings true for the statewide picture as well. The daily case numbers and hospitalizations continue to drop, with the exception of the Rio Grande Valley, and deaths are also trending down. However, the positivity rate in Midland and Ector County remains high, as does the rate in Texas.
Midland and Ector are both sitting around 17 percent and the statewide positivity rate is at nearly 21 percent.
It is some positive news as thousands of students in the Permian Basin are planning to return to school in the coming weeks.
Despite the “encouraging” trends, the pandemic has had an impact on everyone, in all walks of life. So how have local authorities responded to the virus as it evolved in the community?
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