RECAP: City of Amarillo coronavirus update for August 5


AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Today, area hospitals gave an update on the increase in COVID-19 cases in their facilities.

Northwest currently has 34 positive cases, 21 in the ICU and eight on ventilators, 17 of northwest’s employees are quarantining.

BSA says they have 30 positive cases, 16 in the ICU, and seven are on ventilators, about 11 nurses are quarantining at home.

The Amarillo VA has two patients in their hospital, both are on ventilators, 22 of their cases are being monitored at home.

“We had the first peak in early May and now in mid to late July is the second peak that we’re seeing, and we really haven’t started to on the downcline, folks, so we need to continue to be fastidious with our practices in terms of wearing masks and social distancing to try to have this curve take a sharper course downward and hopefully reduce the number of cases we’re seeing,” said Dr. Michael Lamanteer.

The city’s covid-19 alert level remains at level orange.

During today’s city of amarillo covid-19 briefing, area hospitals gave information on their covid-19 rapid testing supply

“We have been challenged in having enough of the rapid tests” said Doctor brian weis, chief medical officer for Northwest, so they are being selective as to who gets those rapid tests.

Doctor Michael Lamanteer, chief medical officer for BSA, says they are in good shape right now with their rapid test inventory due to earlier protocols and processes they put in place.

We’re getting an update on the type and amount of medication being used to treat COVID-19 patients in our area.

At northwest texas hospital they’ve got 94 vials of Remdesivir left. That’s enough to treat nine to 18 patients. They’re treating 16 people right now.

They also tried out another drug usually used for arthritis, but the company announced the drug doesn’t show any benefit to fight COVID-19.

“so that now takes out hydroxychloroquine and this as two drugs we thought might be promising, but now the data is telling us they’re not beneficial in patients hospitalized with COVID-19”, said Dr. Brian Weis.

BSA says they received Remdisivir a little later than most, but they’re treated about 40 people so far.

Back in June Northwest says they were getting about a 4% positivity rate, meaning one out of 25 tests was positive.

In July they say that rose to just above a 10% positivity rate, meaning one in ten tests was positive.

BSA says the overall positivity rate has been hovering in the 18% range for their testing.

Watch the replay of the City of Amarillo zoom meeting update on the coronavirus pandemic.

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