Unified Midland discusses Midland Medical Lodge outbreak, economy

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A total of 17 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Midland County Monday night, the majority of which were at a local nursing home.

Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers says several residents at Midland Medical Lodge tested positive and they are still waiting on more results from the testing.

“There is no questions we have our first really significant cohort of patients in one location at the Midland Medical Lodge,” Meyers said Tuesday morning.

A team of health officials was sent to MML last week after several residents and staff members tested positive for the virus. Midland Health then tested all of the residents at the facility and most of the staff.

Dr. Larry Wilson, with Midland Health, says the majority of MML patients remain at the facility and say several are asymptomatic, but urged caution to avoid new hotspots from appearing within the city.

“The new normal, as businesses open up, remains socially distance, wearing your masks, cleaning surfaces frequently,” Dr. Wilson said. “This is the mantra we’ve been saying repeatedly here and we hope that everybody will stay vigilant to so we can avoid other hotspots.”

A release from the City of Midland Monday night also notes that three children tested positive for the virus. The source of exposure in all 17 of the newly confirmed cases is contact with a known positive case.

Health experts in Midland also are responding to the central office of EZ-Rider after five cases were confirmed among drivers and office staff.

A release from the Ector County Health Department also asked anyone who was on the Odessa Route 3 bus on April 8, to self-monitor until April 22. Additionally, they ask anyone who develops symptoms and was on the Route 3 bus to contact the ECHD for further recommendations.

Since the confirmation of positive cases, Meyers says they have tested 26 people at the EZ-Rider office and expect those results soon.

Judge Terry Johnson and Mayor Patrick Payton then discussed the reopening of the economy and urged caution.

Mayor Payton explained they are waiting for more direction from the state on how to proceed with the reopening of the economy and noted they are “planning somewhat blindly.” However, Payton says he has joined a number of other Mayors around West Texas to build and pitch a plan to the Governor and the State Task Force.

Despite the Governor’s Executive orders, Payton and Johnson continued to stress the importance of social distancing and hygiene as they gain more clarity.

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