Tag Archives: COVID-19

For Weeks Midland Nursing Home And Health Department Kept Quiet About Coronavirus Outbreak

By Mitch Borden For two weeks, as the coronavirus spread among residents and staff at a Midland nursing home, the city’s health department and the facility didn’t publicly acknowledge the outbreak. While the first reported coronavirus case at the facility … Continue reading

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Sparse COVID Testing In The Big Bend Has The Region’s Only Hospital Considering Holding Drive-Thru Testing

By Carlos Morales With infrequent screening for the coronavirus in the Big Bend area, officials are attempting to gather testing supplies and the region’s lone hospital may soon set up weekly testing for residents showing symptoms associated with the virus.  … Continue reading

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After COVID Recover, Big Bend National Park Will Reopen Friday

By Carlos Morales Big Bend National Park will partially reopen this week now that an employee who had previously been diagnosed with the coronavirus has recovered. The employee tested positive late last month and is now “feeling fine,” according to … Continue reading

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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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