RECAP: City of Amarillo’s coronavirus update for Sept. 30

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The City of Amarillo briefed locals via livestream at 11 a.m.

Mayor Ginger Nelson updates that no one in the Neal Unit that is COVID-19 positive has been hospitalized.

According to health officials, there have been 8,920 total cases of COVID-19 reported in Potter and Randall Counties. 5,938 are reported from Potter County, 2,982 are reported from Randall County. Among these, 6,545 cases have recovered, there are 112 reported deaths. This leaves 2,213 active cases.

Dr. Scott Milton discussed the Neal Unit in the frame of large, enclosed populations being more likely to contract and spread COVID-19.

Dr. Brian Weis, Chief Medical Officer of NWTH, confirmed that the hospital did suffer a disruption of digital communications over the weekend. There was, reportedly, no suspended breach of patient or employee information.

Dr. Michael Lamanteer, Chief Medical Officer for BSA, reports another surge in COVID-19 cases since Sept. 18. Fewer patients, however, seem to be ending up in ICU. Multiple medication trials are being conducted currently, and a few results seem hopeful.

The Amarillo VA said it has 3 COVID-19 positive patients that have been admitted to the hospital, 1 of which is in ICU. 30 veterans are in self isolation currently who are COVID-19 positive. Flu vaccinations for employees is reportedly increased significantly from last year, and the Flu Fair will be continuing through Saturday.

The Drive-Thru Testing Center, according to the City Manager Jared Miller, remains open. Amarillo City Transit will continue to offer free transportation to this testing center.

All city leaders said wearing a mask will keep any virus you may have from spreading, and that it will protect those around you.

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