Unified Midland and MMH conference on next steps officials are taking

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – It has been two weeks since Midland received its first case of COVID-19. Since, officials have gathered to bring updates to the community.

Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers stated today that they have tested about 400 people and are still waiting on more than 100 results.

According to Meyers, twenty patients in Midland Memorial are to be considered person under investigation (PUI). Ten of those patients are in the COVID unit while the other ten patients are in the medical surgical unit. Both units are isolated.

Meyers also provides an update on PPE for MMH. At the current rate MMH is on now, the hospital has a 138 day supply of N95 masks before they are depleted. MMH currently has fourty-four standard ventilators. In addition, MMH has thirty-seven diisposable/single use ventilators available.

The current supply is ample according to Meyers but continue to keep an eye on it.

Seventeen employees have been asked to stay home due to exposure and remain in contact to determine when they are suitable to return to work. Eight employees have also had some level of exposure but Meyers deems them asymptomatic and they continue to work with proper PPE.

Moving forward at MMH, Doctor Lawrence Wilson explains how patients will be treated based on medical needs.

If patients who have respiratory problems and seek critical care they will be placed in ICU. If hospital workers become suspicious of the symptoms they could be isolated in the COVID section of the hospital.

Becky Smith, Health and Senior Services, says they will now be asking patients who have been showing symptoms and get tested, there whereabouts 48 hours before they started to show symptoms.

Judge Terry Johnson encouraging citizens to be responsible. He says we should have the mindset of instead of catching the virus, we should be worried about spreading it.

Midland ISD Chief of Staff Katie Atkins brings an update from the district. She states that they are still working on providing feedback to students for the work they have complete but are not yet taking grades.

The district is ready to start phase three starting next week, bring teachers face-to-face virtually for students.

Lastly, Mayor Patrick Payton says the city has been considering several options and update their disaster declaration to reflect what the council felt was fair and reasonable.

Mayor Payton asking citizens to do the right thing by protecting the community.

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