53 migrant children at Midland facility positive for COVID-19, Payton confirms

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MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – Midland Mayor Patrick Payton reached out to Midlanders Wednesday night to discuss the migrant facility that opened Sunday night.

The key takeaway from Payton’s Facebook live is that things are happening quickly.

“One of my objectives tonight, is to give you every bit of information we have,” Payton said. “I could get a phone call in an hour and this information changes. That’s how fluid this situation is.”

Here’s what he knows as of Wednesday night.

According to Payton 53 COVID-19 positive kids have been brought to the migrant facility, which are in isolation.

Payton also said that one child needed emergency medical attention. The child’s condition is currently unknown and it’s unclear if it was Coronavirus related.

485 kids, between the ages of 13 and 17, are currently at the holding facility along with 112 staff.

Here is a breakdown of staff at the facility.

  • 78 are Red Cross
  • 13 Public Health Service Commission Core,
  • 3 Office of Refugee Settlement Personal
  • six Office of Refugee Settlement Contract Staff
  • 15 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response Medical Staff

Payton says while some questions have been answered, others are being answered with ‘we’re sorry this happened to you. We will get back to you.’

Yesterday, Payton, Midland County Sheriff Criner, and other officials were on a phone call with government officials in which they say “they have been in contact with the leadership in Dallas.”

Criner’s biggest question is why weren’t Midland leaders notified.

The Associated Press reported Monday that 3,000 immigrant teens would be housed at the Dallas Convention Center. The AP confirmed the report through a memo sent to Dallas City Council members.

Abbott visited Dallas today and blamed the Biden Administration for the surge and extra housing needed for migrants.

“These sites are a direct result of President Biden’s reckless open border policies that are causing a surge in crossings and cartel activity,” Abbott said. “The administration has yet to provide answers that Texans deserve.”

While questions linger, things are chaining rapidly and it’s unclear when this will end.

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April 22 2021 09:00 am