ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Medical experts are saying social distancing is one of the most effective ways to slow down the spread of COVID-19; but, how is Ector County doing in terms of social distancing? According to a study by Unacast, Texas as a whole received a ‘C-’ when it comes to social distancing and Ector County received a ‘D-.’
“I didn’t agree with it, I think West Texan’s are doing a very good job. Unfortunately, the people that grade that don’t get to see it everyday but I feel very good about where we are right now. It’s just a little bit scary right now but we just need to be determined and continue to move forward,” said David Turner, the Mayor of Odessa.
The data collecting company is using GPS cellular data to track people’s moving patterns and then comparing it to patterns before the pandemic.
Mayor Turner said, “We need to not necessarily be scared but we need to be determined that we’re going to get through this and we’re going to do what we need to to protect each other and our families.”
Later, getting candid about what’s to come for Odessa. “We’ll probably be issuing another declaration for the City. To be honest with you a lot of businesses are going to close if they are deemed as non-essential so really our message right now is just ‘stay home, stay safe. We’re having the police department go around and make sure that businesses that should be closed are closed.”
He adds that these upcoming weeks will be challenging and we must continue to do our part saying “we’ll just have to continue to work and be diligent and make sure we’re taking care of each other.”
The Mayor’s office said they are working on a running list of businesses and offices that they plan to temporarily close.