Midland Health echoing CDC guidelines for the Midland community. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands. CEO Russell Meyers stressing the use of masks as the first line of defense against the coronavirus.
“Most importantly it prevents you from spewing droplets on other people,” says Meyers.
Though cases are spiking in Midland, the hospital is not seeing more patients. All about four or five patients have checked in all month.
Chief Medical Officer Doctor Lawrence says what is worrying is patients relapsing.
“Some in critical care were moved down to medical thought they were able to go home then within a 24, 48 hour period they relapse very severely ended up on critical care again,” says Wilson. “It’s not the norm but it does occur.”
Meyers stresses that the virus is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Ector County Commissioner Eddy Shelton states the county is looking for more contact tracers.
Jobs are available through the county. Shelton says as long as there is testing the county will contact trace.
“We are currently reaching out to organizations that provide contact tracing and we are also have jobs posted for contact tracing,” says Shelton.
Doctor Timothy Benton of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center says it is necessary because one infected person can infect four or five others.
“But they contact even more people than that and those people need to be notified that they have been in contact with a positive person,” says Benton.
Officials are asking residents to find a balance and protect those at most vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus.