Vice President to send surge strike force to Amarillo

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson released a Facebook post on Saturday, announcing a surge strike force is being sent to attack the outbreaks that are happening in local meatpacking plants.

Mayor Nelson posted a statement and a video to her Facebook page, saying she had talked to Governor Greg Abbott, who had been working with Vice President Pence regarding the outbreak in local beef packing plants.

Mayor Nelson said they are sending a surge strike force to bring resources and strategies to attack the outbreaks. She said the team will arrive as late as Monday, and their plan is to encompass all of Amarillo to help fight what started in the beef packing plants.

Nelson added that the Federal Government will be taking over operations of investigation and testing like those used in Colorado.

Kevin Starbuck, Assistant City Manager of Amarillo, said that they will be heading to JBS Beef Plant in Cactus and Tyson Foods near Amarillo.

In the post, Mayor Nelson said that Gov. Abbott wanted citizens of Amarillo to know that the Vice President and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are watching what is happening in Amarillo and are creating the resources to help us fight it.

Mayor Nelson said that testing will also increase for the next week and that she expects results to go up for the following two weeks because of it. She added, “the greater our information and the tools we will have to combat the spread.”

Nelson said Gov. Abbott reminded her , “It is important and it is best for your citizens to remain indoors. The more we can stay in, the less we will be out carrying the virus unknowingly to people who have to be out.”

Gov. Abbott told us in an exclusive interview on Friday, more steps are being taken to help stop the spread of coronavirus at meat packing plants across the state.

“That is to test everyone in that meat packing plant and then make sure we have appropriate isolation standards to prevent exposure to others who don’t have COVID-19,” said Gov. Abbott.

Gov. Abbott and Mayor Nelson are still reminding citizens to please continue to stay in as much as possible and wear a mask when you must go out.

You can view Mayor Nelson’s Facebook video below.

We also interviewed Gov. Abbott on Friday, May 1, regarding Mayor Nelson’s COVID-19 requests. You view that interview with the Governor by clicking here.

You can see a breakdown on Amarillo’s COVID-19 numbers from Saturday, May 2, by clicking here.

To see Amarillo’s COVID-19 numbers from Friday, May 1, you can click here.

(This table reflects the cases on the High Plains as of 1:30 p.m. on September 24, 2020.)

CountyConfirmed Cases ReportedDeathsRecovery
Armstrong13111
Beaver5045
Briscoe12111
Carson1917
Castro2505227
Childress6859
Cimarron2418
Collingsworth1817
Cottle25224
Curry7595417
Dallam2555221
Deaf Smith1,05921952
Donley61153
Gray3007275
Hall28115
Hardeman2524
Hansford1124100
Hartley1404118
Hemphill7366
Hutchinson1963147
Lipscomb3225
Moore1,158201,102
Ochiltree1135106
Oldham16115
Parmer4177380
Potter4,745634,136
Quay73246
Randall2,794402,295
Roberts97
Roosevelt2753132
Sherman6154
Swisher104391
Texas1,45581,311
Union31214
Wheeler4643
TOTAL14,83721412,574
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