Medical center hospital sees jump in COVID-19 cases

A month ago, MCH reported 41 patients with COVID-19. On Wednesday, that number more than doubled to 93 patients.

ODESSA, Texas – Hospitals across the country continue to feel overwhelmed with people hospitalized with COVID-19. This includes hospitals in West Texas.

A month ago, MCH reported 41 patients with COVID-19. On Wednesday, that number more than doubled to 93 patients.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Trevor Tankersley, Director of Public Relations for MCH. He said hospitals are overwhelmed as they have been in previous surges.

“The hospital and the staff are tired and exhausted,” Tankersley said. “We’re still dealing with this omicron push because you can imagine everyone here is just ready for COVID to be a thing of the past, but sadly that’s not the case.”

According to MCH leaders, last month the hospital reached its highest number of COVID-19 patients, 107 people.

“We’ve hit the highest spike we’ve ever had when it comes to COVID in patients,” Tankersley said. “Today we’re back in the 90s which is a good sign. It’s the lowest since the weekend.”

Tankersley said this increase is also impacting hospital staff, as 53 staff members are absent due to COVID-19 protocols.

“We have about 30 state employees here, so even with that state personnel here, we’re still a bit understaffed,” Tankersley said. “We also have a few travel nurses here and there, but every time you have 53 staff just on protocols, it puts a strain on the healthcare system.”

Health officials continue to emphasize the best resources we have to fight the virus.

“The majority of patients in intensive care or who need to be put on ventilators are unvaccinated,” Tankersley said. “The message continues to be clear from the data that the vaccine is helping. Getting this booster is even more drastic help than those first two doses.”

As of Wednesday, Midland Memorial Hospital had 94 patients hospitalized with the virus.

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