AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo Public Health Director Casie Stoughton gave an update on the test results returning from the mass testing done at the JBS plant during Wednesday’s COVID-19 briefing.
According to Stoughton, 821 Potter and Randall county residents were testing at the plant. 20% have tested positive and 19% of those test results are still pending.
“As far as JBS testing, we’re still continuing to see results from the mass testing that was provided by the State of Texas there at the JBS plant,” said Stoughton.
Stoughton said the health department is updating the Amarillo Alerts dashboard with the latest COVID-19 information in the city.
Some visitors are going to being allowed once again at Northwest and BSA.
Northwest is allowing one guest per room and expectant mothers can have two visitors. BSA expects its visitation policies to relax in the next couple of days.
The VA is planning to reopen limited services for veterans starting July 6 and will start limited services at its outlying clinics on June 15.
COVID-19 in Prisons:
There are more new cases of COVID-19 at the Clements Unit, bringing that total to 321 active cases in inmates and 54 active cases in employees.
During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Brian Weis with Northwest Texas Hospital said that for a few weeks inmates from the Clements unit were the bulk of their ICU patients, but since the prisons increase in the number of cases with mass testing at the prison, Dr. Weis said they are actually seeing fewer inmates at the hospital.
“I talked to the doctor out there and they are doing some great work on contact precautions and really kind of securing that there is not so much interaction, and sounds like they are doing a great job of mitigating that spread, and we’re not seeing the number of hospitalizations like we were seeing four to six weeks ago, said Dr. Weis.
The Clements Unit has seen 50 recoveries in inmates and 35 from employees. There has also been one inmate and one corrections officer die because of COVID-19.
Watch a replay of this morning’s briefing here:
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