MCH nurse tests positive for COVID-19, ECHD working with hotel on possible exposure


ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A nurse at Medical Center Hospital has tested positive for Coronavirus, meanwhile the Ector County Health Department is working with a local hotel on a possible exposure, according to updates Thursday.

Commissioner Eddy Shelton said a COVID-19 patient, who had been released from the hospital, was taken to a local hotel to avoid contact with family. Furthermore, Commissioner Shelton said the hotel was not notified of the positive case. He described it as a “good intention gone bad.”

Now, the ECHD is working with the hotel to assess the possible exposure. The name of the hotel wasn’t available at the time of the update.

With that in mind, Commissioner Shelton stressed the community still needs to follow the CDC Guidelines.

“I know this individual did this with great intentions,” Commissioner Shelton said Thursday, “but we have to follow these guidelines as not to create bigger issues, especially with the pending opening of our community again.”

Shelton also urged those who want to help patients, to call the EOC at 432-653-2461. The commissioner also says with the recent follow-ups at the hotel, the drive-thru testing site, planned for the Coliseum Monday, could be delayed. He says they still hope to open on the projected date.

MCH CEO Russell Tippen then notified the public of a nurse who tested positive for COVID-19. She has not worked since April 11 and officials say she was not taking care of patients. However, staff has been notified.

Tippen also noted that one COVID-19 positive patient was brought to MCH from Reeves County. MCH officials also noted they have a patient from Ward County however, results for that patient are currently pending.

Both hospitals have also outlined their plan to resume surgeries.

ORMC says they resumed elective surgeries as of Wednesday and MCH announced they hope to resume surgeries on Monday on a limited scale.

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