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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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Short Notice and Massive Turnout Complicates Coronavirus Testing At Sul Ross State University

By Diana Nguyen and Carlos Morales Following a spike in coronavirus cases in the Big Bend region, residents turned out in record numbers for a three-day round of COVID-19 testing at Sul Ross State University this past week. But short … Continue reading

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Big Bend Region Sees More Confirmed Cases, More Mobile Testing to Take Place

By Public Radio Staff There are 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Big Bend region. Eight of the cases are in Presidio County and 11 are in Brewster County, according to Texas Department of State Health Services press … Continue reading

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City Of Ojinaga Announces Nine New Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus

By Carlos Morales There are nine new confirmed cases of the coronavirus across the border from Presidio in Ojinaga, according to the city’s administration.  The city says they’re waiting for the results from additional tests, but it’s not clear exactly … Continue reading

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Coronavirus puts strain on local food pantries

By Stephen Paulsen, The Big Bend Sentinelstephen@bigbendsentinel.com TRI-COUNTY — As the coronavirus crisis stretches on, demand at local food pantries continues to creep up. From Marfa to Jeff Davis County, workers at food pantries in the tri-county say they’re still … Continue reading

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As The Number Of COVID-19 Cases Rise In The Permian, One Writer Is Watching His Hometown Closely

By Mitch Borden In the Permian Basin, oil prices have crashed and more communities are beginning to see the impacts of the bust. Although staggeringly low prices per barrel are nothing new for the region, the coronavirus pandemic is making … Continue reading

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Coronavirus in West Texas

The Big Bend Two Big Bend residents have died from COVID-19 complications. The first patient, a a 70-year-old man who had several pre-existing conditions, died on June 28. The second patient, an 87-year-old man, died on July 9. Both individuals … Continue reading

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After First Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus, Midland Officials Expand Response

By Mitch Borden A day after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Midland, leaders from across the community announced additional measures to fight the virus. Midlanders also got the clearest description to date on the current situation in … Continue reading

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The Latest Guidance On Preventing The Spread Of COVID-19 In The Big Bend Region

By Sally Beauvais Governor Greg Abbott has declared the new coronavirus a statewide public health disaster in Texas, as the number of confirmed cases in the state continues to climb. Community spread of the virus has also begun in the … Continue reading

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