AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The City of Amarillo gave their weekly COVID-19 update today, and officials said they are seeing an increase in several areas.
Officials said 52 people in our area remain hospitalized with the coronavirus.
According to Chief Medical Officer for Northwest Texas Hospital Dr. Brian Weis, they currently have 23 positive patients, eight patients in the ICU and four are on ventilators.
Dr. Weis said this number has nearly tripled in the last two weeks.
They’ve also received one positive patient from Rio Grande Valley.
Nine Northwest employees are quarantining at home.
Chief Medical Officer for BSA, Dr. Michael Lamanteer, said they currently have 29 positive cases, 12 in the ICU, and six on ventilators.
Amarillo Veteran Affairs said it has one positive patient in their hospitals. 16 positive cases are being monitored at home.
Leaders at Northwest BSA also updated the public on their hospital capacity. Both said the ICU capacity fluctuates daily and that they are almost at full routine capacity but they have not tapped into their surge capacity yet.
We also got new information when it comes to COVID-19 testing in our area.
Casie Stoughton said they have averaged about 40 to 60 tests per day for the past month or so in the drive-thru testing sites.
“We’ve seen a little bit of an increase now where it’s kind of peaking at about 100 per day. So we have seen an increase in people wanting to be tested, needing to be tested,” said Stoughton.
Right now the city reports that they have done more than 27,000 tests. Nearly 600 of those are still pending.
From a strategy to roll out vaccinations with tracking chips to a plot made up by politicians. Many across the country believe the COVID-19 and the pandemic are not real.
Conspiracy theories continue each and every day, but city leaders this morning had a strong message for those who are not taking the pandemic seriously.
“I hear people say ‘well we really don’t believe it’s that bad’ or ‘that this is a conspiracy of some type,.’ I invite you to come walk through our ICU and see these patients,” said Dr. Weis.
Dr. Weis said safety protocols need to be followed and things like wearing a mask and social distancing need to become common practices.
Watch the full update from the City of Amarillo below:
(This table reflects the cases on the High Plains as of 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2020.)
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