WATCH: Amarillo City COVID-19 briefing, March 3

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The City of Amarillo briefed the community on the COVID-19 pandemic at 11 a.m.

According to today’s briefing, Northwest Texas Hospttail currently has 14 positive cases. Six positive cases are in the ICU, and two are on ventiliators.

Dr. Michael Lamanteer, Chief Medical Officer at BSA said they have 19 positive cases. Seven of those are in the ICU and three patients are on ventilators.

The Amarillo VA Hospital currently has one positive case, zero in the ICU.

Also during today’s briefing, Casie Stoughton, Public Health Director, said the city’s monoclonal antibody infusion clinic will be closing at the end of the week.

The clinic treated 153 patients, only four requiring hospitalization after treatment.

Stoughton said referrals can be sent to BSA and Northwest as routine pathways to care.

“We’re just not seeing a need for it anymore. If a time comes and we have another surge and we need to reopen up, we certainly can, but right now we’re able to demobilize,” said Stoughton.

Local hospitals are not changing their masking policy when the requirement is lifted next week.

Health leaders from both BSA and Northwest said that it is still critical in order to protect their staff and patients.

The Amarillo VA is still under a presidential executive order requiring masks on all federal property.

This is a developing story. Stay with MyHighPlains.com for the latest.


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