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Midland Memorial Hospital Sets Up New Drive-Through Testing Site, Delivering Rapid Results

By Mitch Borden  Midland Memorial Hospital is opening up a second coronavirus testing site that will be operational Friday beginning at 9 am. The drive-through testing site will be located at the Coleman Family Clinic on the southeast side of … Continue reading

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Texas bans elective surgeries in more than 100 counties as coronavirus hospitalizations keep climbing

By Emma Platoff, The Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott said the decision is designed to free up more resources to address the pandemic.

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A Second Big Bend Resident Has Died From COVID-19 While Receiving Treatment in The Permian Basin

By Carlos Morales A second Big Bend resident has died from the coronavirus after local health authorities transferred him to an Odessa hospital to receive treatment. The patient, an 87-year-old man, was transferred Wednesday from Big Bend Regional Medical Center … Continue reading

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Trump Will Stop in Permian Basin For Fundraiser

By Public Radio Staff President Donald Trump is headed to Odessa for a fundraising luncheon on July 29, according to an invitation from the Trump-Pence Victory Committee.

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As COVID Testing Soars, Wait Times For Results Jump To A Week — Or More

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Elliot Truslow went to a CVS drugstore on June 15 in Tucson, Arizona, to get tested for the coronavirus. The drive-thru nasal swab test took less than 15 minutes. More than 22 days later, … Continue reading

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As Hospital Capacity In West Texas Shrinks, More COVID-19 Patients Are Being Treated In The Big Bend

By Carlos Morales On June 18, several days after coronavirus cases began to climb in the Big Bend region, a local patient would be transferred from Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, over … Continue reading

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Texans Across The State March To Demand Justice For Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillén

By Miguel Gutierrez Jr. and Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune In major Texas cities, protesters and mourners took to the streets over the weekend as remains found near Fort Hood were confirmed by family to belong to missing Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Texans In Most Counties To Wear Masks In Public

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune Abbott previously resisted calls for such an order and at one point banned local governments from requiring masks. First-time violators will be issued a warning, though repeat offenders could be fined up to $250.

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Permian Basin Hospitals Concerned Over Limited Staffing As Coronavirus Case Counts Rise

By Mitch Borden Odessa’s largest hospital is closing its doors to nearby communities as the Permian Basin’s already limited healthcare infrastructure struggles to care for the growing number of COVID-19 patients in the region.  Midland and Odessa have seen over … Continue reading

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Amid Growing Coronavirus Cases, Big Bend National Park Closes For The Second Time

By Carlos Morales A month after gradually reopening Big Bend National Park, officials have decided to close until further notice, as a resident within the park’s community has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to park management. It’s unclear how … Continue reading

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