MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Unified Midland will discuss their response to COVID-19 and the reopening of the economy in their update Tuesday.
The center of attention in Midland continues to be Midland Medical Lodge, which accounts for several of the county’s confirmed Coronavirus cases.
Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers said last week that at least 30 people at the facility, which includes staff and residents, have tested positive for the virus. That number grew slightly over the weekend after four additional staff members tested positive for the virus.
Ector County Commissioner Eddy Shelton said Sunday four employees tested positive for the virus but lived in Ector County and would be counted among their data.
Meyers said Monday they are still monitoring the outbreak at Midland Medical Lodge.
Meanwhile, city and county leaders are working to help the local economy that is struggling under collapsing oil prices and the restrictions due to COVID-19.
Mayor Patrick Payton said he and other West Texas mayors compiled a plan, which was sent to the Governor. In the County, Judge Terry Johnson pitched a resolution Monday to reexamine every contract the county has and allow local vendors to bid on those contracts. The plan is to energize the economy via local businesses.
From a statewide perspective, Gov. Greg Abbott says businesses can reopen on May 1 on a restricted basis.
“I believe we can re-engage our economy while using the same strategies we’ve been using,” Abbott said Monday afternoon regarding the decision to reopen.
There are currently 74 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Midland County.
Tune in at 9 a.m. for the live update.