(Big 2/Fox 24) – Mayors David Turner and Patrick Payton addressed West Texans on the recent surge in Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
As of Tuesday, Midland Health officials said they had 77 patients in the hospital, meanwhile, officials at Medical Center Hospital reported having about 55 COVID-19 patients in-house.
Additionally, both Midland and Odessa have seen several days in which more than 100 new cases had been confirmed. Virus-related deaths have also seen an uptick within the past few weeks.
“We are in a critical time for our community,” Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers said back on Oct. 22. “I would say this is worse than the first peak because it is so much more widespread and so regional in scope.”
Both hospitals have seen an influx of patients from out of the area as other service regions like El Paso and Lubbock deal with their own Coronavirus surges.
Despite the surges, both Turner and Payton have held firm in resisting additional restrictions for the respective cities. Both have said restrictions would not be realistically enforceable.
The Mayors have instead relied on a consistent message of wearing masks and social distancing to stop the spread of the virus and ease the recent surge.
“Make no mistake about it this is a different spike than the previous two,” Payton said. “The prevoius two, our healthcare workers were telling us this is getting a little bit out of hand. This one we have to save the lives of our healthcare workers.”
During the press conference, Mayor Payton said Midlanders need to continue to wear a facemask in public to not only prevent another round of shutdowns by the state but to also help our healthcare workers.
“The best thing that we can do to honor our front-line workers and out doctors and out nurses is not put up signs and send cards and letters anymore,” Payton said. “Right now if we get back to what we know we need to do with masking and social distancing and taking this thing seriously, that’s how we are gonna truly honor our front-line workers.”