Tag Archives: Odessa

Permian Basin Health Officials Concerned Over COVID-19 Surge While Leaders Take Little Action

By Mitch Borden As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the Permian Basin, medical leaders are worried the region—without meaningful action or a drastic change in how residents are behaving—could become the state’s next covid hotspot. Since the beginning of … Continue reading

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Five Races In Midland And Odessa Are Set To Be Decided By Runoff Elections

By Mitch Borden Front runners in three city council races in Odessa and two school board elections in Midland failed to the votes needed for them to claim total victory. Since candidates were unable to get over 50% of votes … Continue reading

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The Number Of COVID-19 Patients Surge At Midland – Odessa Hospitals As West Texas See A Spike In Coronvirus Cases

By Mitch Borden Hospitals in the Permian Basin hubs are facing a wave of coronavirus cases as more West Texans test positive for the virus. Health officials are even seeing patients from the panhandle and New Mexico fill local hospital … Continue reading

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Lubbock Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Selling Odessa Mass Shooter And Others Firearms

By Mitch Borden  The Lubbock man who illegally sold an AR-style rifle to the gunman who carried out a deadly attack in West Texas last year has pleaded guilty to illegally dealing firearms. Marcus Anthony Braziel admitted to federal authorities … Continue reading

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In The Permian, Trump Touts His Record On Oil And Attacks Democrats

By Mitch Borden For the first time as President, Donald Trump visited Midland and Odessa, the two cities at the center of America’s most productive oil field — the Permian Basin. He had two goals in mind for the trip, … Continue reading

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Odessa Announces Free COVID-19 Testing For The Month Of July

By Mitch Borden Odessa residents will be able to get tested for COVID-19 for free over the next month. Beginning on June 30th, the City of Odessa will set up mobile coronavirus testing units at parks and have the capacity … 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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Texas National Guard Heads To Permian Basin Hubs To Test For COVID-19

By Mitch Borden As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the Permian Basin, the Texas National Guard is coming to the region to set up two temporary mobile coronavirus testing sites. The effort is part of a … Continue reading

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Odessa Doctor Tests Positive For COVID-19

By Mitch Borden An Odessa Doctor says he has tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Ghassan Fanous made the announcement Thursday in a Facebook post. Fanous is an OB-GYN that has his own personal practice in the Permian Basin and was … Continue reading

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Odessa Issues A Shelter-In-Place Order As The Number Of Coronavirus Cases Grows To 5

By Mitch Borden The City of Odessa is issuing a shelter-in-place order, beginning Monday at 11:59 p.m. Odessa’s Mayor David Turner made the announcement over the weekend on Facebook Live. Turner based Odessa’s shelter-in-place order largely on recommendations made by … Continue reading

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