City of Amarillo COVID-19 update for 5-6-2020

In response to a recent request from Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in Amarillo aiding with the city’s response to COVID-19.

The CDC’s primary focus in this effort is to assess and provide recommendations to the meatpacking plant industry in the Texas Panhandle related to COVID-19. The meatpacking plant industry is 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.

Today we are joined by:

- Mayor Ginger Nelson, City of Amarillo

- City Manager Jared Miller, City of Amarillo

- Dr. Scott Milton, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo Authority/Associate Professor

- Dr. Brian Weis, Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Chief Medical Officer

- Dr. Michael Lamanteer, BSA Health System Chief Medical Officer

- Dr. Sameh Moawad, Amarillo VA Health Care System Chief of Staff and Active Director