Permian Regional Medical Center reaching max COVID capacity

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ANDREWS, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials at Permian Regional Medical Center is warning the public they are nearing max COVID capacity.

In a video posted on their Facebook page, Chief of Staff Dr. Alyssa Tochterman pleaded to the community to stay home, wear a mask, social distance, and cancel any plans that bring people together.

“I’m asking that you not have a large Thanksgiving, cancel those wedding plans, even funerals, any large gathering that you might have,” said Tochterman.

According to the Andrews County Health Department website, the county has confirmed 926 COVID-19 cases.

Tochterman says with current data, a gathering in Andrews County of 10 people gives a 36% chance that at least one person has COVID.

Currently, there are nine patients hospitalized at PRMC. Tochterman says it’s beginning to get difficult to care for patients as they actively work to transfer patients for specialized care.

“Right now we are having to call at least 10 hospitals trying to get our patients the care that they need,” says Tochterman.

PRMC has contact hospitals all over the state, even as far as Tulsa.

Tochterman says the staff is tired and medical staff in the region is nearing the point New York was back in March and April.

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