RECAP: City of Amarillo Coronavirus Update Oct. 21


AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The City of Amarillo briefed the community on the Coronavirus pandemic at 11 a.m.

Mayor Ginger Nelson reported that this is the third consecutive day of the Amarillo Area Hospitalization Rate being over 15%, and a week since the community moved back under the ‘Red’ Status for COVID-19.

“If you do not understand all that,” Nelson said, “The most important thing to take away from it is, if we get to seven days the Governor will analyze whether or not we need to make changes in our community.”

This would include, Nelson continued, businesses having to further limit capacity and elective surgeries being limited according to State mandate.

Amarillo Health Officials reported a total of 11,874 COVID-19 patients in the area, with 7,342 cases in Potter County and 4,532 cases in Randall County; there have been 149 deaths, and 7,838 recoveries.

Health Officials also state that since the beginning of the month, 36 individuals have died of COVID-19; meaning that 24% of the deaths that have occurred in the community because of the virus have happened in the last few weeks.

In Northwest Texas Healthcare System, there are 73 COVID-19 positive patients reported, with 16 in ICU including two children. 17 out of 40 ventilators are in use.
80 staff members have been quarantined, with seven positive cases already at home.

In BSA Health System there are 98 COVID-19 positive patients reported, with three in the ER who were not able to be quickly admitted. Not included in the 98 are 35 in ICU, with 14 on ventilators. The hospital reports it is at 98% hospital capacity.
There are currently 30 RAC nurses on-site, and the hospital is requesting more after 106 staff have been quarantined.

At the Amarillo VA there are 17 COVID-19 positive patients reported, with six in the ICU and 125 positive cases at home.

With community resources becoming stressed, the City of Amarillo requests that locals practice social distancing, consistent handwashing, and wearing masks in order to slow the rise of cases.

Watch Wednesday’s briefing below:

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