Tag Archives: COVID-19

Ector County ISD Students And Parents Provided Learning Options For Upcoming Year

By Mitch Borden Ector County ISD administrators are preparing to welcome students back in just a few short weeks. The district is giving students and parents options on how kids will be educated in the upcoming school year, but says … Continue reading

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Morale Low At Midland Hospital As Public Criticism Intensifies

By Mitch Borden Midland healthcare workers are facing growing doubt from some members of the community, as more coronavirus patients flood the city’s only hospital and COVID-19 related deaths rise.  Officials at Midland Memorial Hospital have said they’re concerned about … Continue reading

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Owner Of BBQ Joint In The Oil Patch Says He’s Hanging On

By Mitch Borden The Permian Basin has been feeling the impact of low oil prices as the coronavirus pandemic persists. Recently, prices have stabilized around $40, compared to last year when the average price of a barrel was in the … Continue reading

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MPR Wants To Know: How Have You Been Impacted By The Coronavirus Pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life as we’ve known it in West Texas. Businesses across the region have dramatically changed their operations to adhere to new safety guidelines, while some have been forced to shutter altogether. School districts and teachers … Continue reading

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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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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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Gov. Greg Abbott Recommends Texans Stay Home As Coronavirus Cases Surge

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune With cases of the coronavirus surging to record levels in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott recommended Tuesday that Texans stay home as much as possible and for the first time moved to allow the tightening of two kinds of restrictions … Continue reading

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Following Other Texas Cities And Counties, Marfa Mandates Businesses To Enforce Mask Rule

By Carlos Morales Following the lead of other Texas governments, Marfa City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to issue an order mandating businesses to require their employees and customers wear face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible. The order seems … Continue reading

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In the Permian Basin, Coronavirus Response Varies In Seriousness As Case Counts Rise

By Mitch Borden As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Permian Basin and across the state, the response from elected officials in the region’s two largest cities is markedly different.  Since last Thursday, Midland and Odessa have recorded 184 … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Cases In Brewster County Rise For Third Time In Three Days

By Marfa Public Radio There are now four new cases of coronavirus in Brewster County, state officials announced late Monday. The patients represent the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh cases in Brewster County. They range from a woman in her … Continue reading

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