The Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) announced in a post on Facebook Saturday that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will be "assuming management of COVID cases in Moore County." According to the post, DSHS would be "assuming contact of COVID positive patients throughout their illness and will be managing release to work statements." The post said any questions should be directed to the DSHS.
For the last several weeks, the MCHD website has provided updated information on the number of cases, deaths, hospitalizations, how many patients had recovered and other things. It is unclear at this time how much information the MCHD will be able to share in the future. The post said MCHD officials were "evaluating what we can continue to report." Clicking on the coronavirus icon on the website today took you to the DSHS website. According to the home page of the MCHD website, Moore County had 363 positive cases on Saturday. There were five COVID-19 patients in the hospital in Dumas, and five Moore County residents have died from the disease. No other details were available at this time.
Also today, Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson posted on Facebook that a federal task force would arrive in Amarillo on Monday to "bring resources and strategies to attack the outbreaks that are happening in our meatpacking plants." KAMR news quoted Amarillo Assistant City Manager Kevin Starbuck as saying the task force will be "heading to the JBS Beef Plant in Cactus and Tyson Foods near Amarillo."
The Moore County News-Press will continue to follow these developing stories.