AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The City of Amarillo briefed the community on the Coronavirus pandemic at 11 a.m.
Potter and Randall Counties report 10,777 total cases of COVID-19. 6,822 of these come from Potter County, with 3,955 cases from Randall County. There have been 7,380 recoveries and 131 deaths.
Regarding hospitalizations; Northwest Texas Healthcare reports 60 positive cases, with 20 in a now-full ICU. 7 patients are currently on ventilators. 50 staff members have quarantined.
BSA Health System, meanwhile, reports 82 positive cases with 28 in the ICU. COVID-19 patients now, reported, make up 28% of total patients in BSA, a new record. 69 staff members have now quarantined.
The VA reports 8 new hospitalizations, with 4 in the ICU and 89 positive COVID-19 patients at home.
BSA insists that staff are less likely to get COVID-19 from the hospital, but rather are more at risk of infection from community contact.
Both BSA and NWTH are taking staff from the Panhandle Regional Advisory Council, due to the high number of staff needing to quarantine. Alongside this, both BSA and NWTH are also discussing the possibility of diverting patients.
While there are no identified hotspots currently, there has overall been an increase in cases of COVID-19 through the community, leaving hospital capacity as a serious concern.
According to Dr. Weis, if the formula for calculating Area Hospitalization Rate had not changed, there would have been a visible increase from 18% to 25%. Even after the change in calculation method, the 15% mark limit established by Governor Abbott’s COVID-19 guidelines still looms.
The spike in cases, the City worries, may be prolonged and may not have peaked.
Dr. Milton also discussed recommendations regarding schools and extracurricular activities, such as concerns for spectator sports and enclosed spaces such as gymnasiums.
The City of Amarillo, as always, encourages the community to continue to practice social distancing and hygienic practices such as hand-washing.
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