MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – In today’s Unified Command conference Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers and Mayor Patrick Payton were present to provide an update to the Midland community on the COVID-19 response.
Currently there are 123 confirmed cases and 12 deaths.
In Midland Memorial there are a 146 patients. 10 patients are in critical care and a total of seven COVID patients. 1 of the 7 is a PUI. The other six are Midland Medical Lodge patients and are stable.
“We are hopeful of negative tests and the opportunity to get the rest of those patients back to their residents in the near future,” says Russell Meyers on the Midland Medical Lodge patients.
Meyers reminding the public that if they have a emergent condition to go to the emergency department or call 911.
“The emergency department is a safe place. You are not going to contract COVID-19 by coming to the E.D. but you may miss the opportunity to have another condition cared for properly if you hesitate or you delay coming in when you are in emergent conditions,” says Meyers.
The hospital is steadily increasing elective procedures and while doing so are also in talks to loosen visitation restrictions. According to Meyers, they are expected to finalize those plans in the coming days.
Meyers says loosening restrictions comes after some community concerns on the limitations of visitations.
“There’s been a little bit of community concern about the severe limitations we have have on visitation. We like to be responsive to that, listen to the families and the patients. We know that having a family member with a patient is an important part of adequate communication and the recovery process,” says Meyers.
Last week Governor Abbot ordered all nursing homes across Texas be tested for COVID-19.
Russell Meyers talks about how Midland Health, Midland Health Department, and Midland Fire and MES have established an effective system to conduct these tests in a timely fashion. The fire department will be coordinators in this process while Midland Health provides training and working with nursing homes in isolation areas for patients if needed. The health department will continue to contact trace.
There are six nursing homes in Midland. According to Governor Abbot’s orders nursing homes that have tested within the last 30 days do not have to be tested again. Midland Medical Lodge fits the criteria and will not be part of the nursing home testing plan moving forward.
As testing for nursing home gets underway they are working on sending test to the Lubbock brand of the Laboratory Response Network.
Mayor Patrick Payton speaks and commends those working to get nursing homes tested.
“I think it’s important to understand that what the state often times instigates or initiates we then have to implement and therein lies some challenges and some of the problems because it’s easy to say what has to be done. It’s another thing to be able to do those things correctly and keep those safe,” says Payton.
Payton reminds citizens to not forget and give up the practices made to get where the community is today as businesses open up.