Unified Command to discuss COVID-19 as hospitalizations rise above 15 percent

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MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – The Midland Unified Command Team will meet again this morning to discuss the latest in their response to the Coronavirus.

The update comes as hospitalizations have risen above 15 percent for the Midland-Odessa area.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Trauma Service Area J has been above the 15 percent threshold for at least two days. Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 9, local hospitalist saw a significant rise from 12.4 percent to 16.2 percent.

That number fell slightly on Sunday to 15.9 percent, data shows.

Per Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order, if any trauma service area surpasses the 15 percent hospitalization rate threshold for seven days, businesses must restrict capacity to 50 percent.

Restrictions will remain in place until the number falls back below 15 percent for another seven days.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been called a ‘work in progress’ as Midland Memorial Hospital moves to round two of the process.

CEO Russell Meyers says they are delivering vaccines as soon as they receive them and a plan is in the works to administer more vaccines as soon as they arrive.

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