Today, Monday, May 4, the City of Amarillo will provide an update on the local status of COVID-19. Today we are joined by:
- Mayor Ginger Nelson, City of Amarillo
- City Manager Jared Miller, City of Amarillo
- Director Casie Stoughton, City of Amarillo Department of Public Health
- Dr. Scott Milton, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo Authority/Associate Professor
As a result of Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson’s recent request for assistance in Amarillo’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be assuming operations of the COVID-19 response in Amarillo and Moore County.
As the meatpacking plant industry has been the location of COVID-19 “hot spots” in the Texas Panhandle area, the CDC will be implementing similar strategies developed in addressing the meatpacking plant industry in Colorado. About 41 percent of COVID-19 positive tests reported to the Amarillo Public Health Department are related to the meatpacking plant industry.
“The CDC’s strategies will encompass all of Amarillo to address our community-spread issues,” Nelson said.”The CDC will be bringing supplies and strategies that will help attack the outbreaks that are happening in our meatpacking plants.
“We greatly appreciate Gov. Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence for helping provide the resources Amarillo needs to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
As the federal government assumes control of COVID-19 investigations and testing, it is expected that testing numbers will increase in coming days. CDC officials are scheduled to arrive in the Amarillo area as late as Monday.
“Amarillo’s testing numbers are going to increase,” Nelson said. “We could even see our testing numbers double in one week. This is a good thing. The more facts and data that we have, the more tools we will have to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”