MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Twenty-nine cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in an outbreak at Midland Medical Lodge, 21 cases are residents and 8 are staff members.
Officials presumed no threat to residents as they followed CDC guidelines in treating patients and staff members infected who were not working.
According to Whitney Craig, an administrative staff member was tested positive for COVID-19 on April 3rd.
The first positive resident case came a week later on April 10th when a woman in her 70s tested positive and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
As of Monday April 21st, 13 new cases were reported after mass testing was conducted by Midland Health.
Four residents of Midland Medical Lodge have died.
CEO/President of Midland Health Russell Meyers said in the Unified Command Conference Friday a majority of the staff and all of the patients were tested.
“There’s no question we have our first really significant cohort of patients at one location at the Midland Medical Lodge. Our medical and infection control teams are in contact with them regularly. They are isolating their patients as much as they can,” says Meyers.
According to Whitney Craig, Midland Health and Senior Services manager said Midland Medical Lodge has around 120 beds and is currently housing 80 to 90 patients.
Medical Lodge currently has 29 confirmed cases, more than a quarter of cases in Midland County.