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Odessa Regional Medical Center chief medical officer Dr. Rohith Saravanan said Friday it is important for children to be in school and as health care providers they have to be prepared for an increase in cases when school starts.
“Kids need to be in school, they need the education … everything that school provides. It has more to do than just the educational aspect, it affects the economy, it affects the social statuses within our community,” he said. “It affects so many different parts of our community. It is important to get them back to school the safest way possible, which is why we have all these protocols and the phase-in. Even those going back there will be masking, social distancing, plexiglass and face shields in place. They are going to take every precaution.
“We have to temper the rise of these cases over the next few weeks as schools open because we have to balance the importance of kids being back in school with the increase in the disease we are going to see because they are back in school,” he said.
Saravanan said there are a lot of mixed emotions because they want to see the kids back in school but there will be an increase in cases.
Dr. Tim Benton echoed that and said whatever happens, protocols need to be adapted at schools to reduce the spread of the virus.
Ector County ISD reported Friday that three more faculty members tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday evening.
The new cases are from New Tech Odessa, Hays Elementary and Milam Elementary. The Milam employee has not been on campus since Aug. 5, according to a press release from the district.
The Wilson and Young Middle School staffer who was listed as a positive case mistakenly received a positive report, according to the release.
The total number of lab-confirmed positive cases reported to the district since Aug. 5 is 10, according to the release.
Medical Center Hospital
–1,221 positive tests
–23 COVID patients in house
–12 patients on 8 Central
–11 in critical care with 6 on ventilators
–Patient list includes 2 from Pecos, 2 from Ft. Stockton, 3 from Deering Nursing Home, 1 from Seagraves and 1 from Monahans
–4,399 negative tests
–20 pending tests
Odessa Regional Medical Center
–363 positive tests
–5 patients in house
–4 patients in critical care with 3 on ventilators
–Patient list includes one from Andrews and one from Big Spring
–1 pending test
–729 active cases
–2,930 recovered cases
–20,641 total tested
Source: Ector County Health Department