City of Amarillo holds weekly COVID-19 update

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — City and medical leaders came together to help limit the spread of the coronavirus and to keep everyone informed.

Representatives from the three major hospitals and the city talked today, and the one main thing that they talked about is that the number of cases in Potter and Randall County have so far just stayed at two, but they did say there are several pending tests.

Leaders also talked about how well prepared the hospitals are in the event of a surge of COVID-19 cases. Both BSA and Northwest Texas hospitals said they currently have plenty of beds and ventilators available should they be needed for COVID-19 patients.

Mayor pro tem Freda Powell did say at this time, the city is not looking at issuing a shelter in place order, but everyone who did speak did reiterate the CDC’s recommendations on social distancing and handwashing to limit the spread.

So far since the coronavirus has impacted the panhandle region, the city health department has taken the lead on notifying us of cases in surrounding counties. They said today they will start only notifying us of cases reported in Randall and Potter Counties.

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