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Although cases of COVID-19 are still popping up in the Permian Basin, it is important to keep in mind that people are recovering from the virus.
As of April 10, there have been five deaths: one each in Midland, Ector, Howard and Dawson Counties in Texas and one in Eddy County, New Mexico.
Still, the number of recoveries being reported has far exceeded the number of deaths.
In order to be considered fully recovered based on CDC guidelines, patients must meet the following requirements:
- Improvement in respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath.
- At least three days (a full 72 hours) have passed since recovery. This is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- At least seven days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.
While Midland County initially reported 11 recoveries, they have since broken this down into those who have recovered at the hospital and those who have completed home isolation. As of Friday, eight people have recovered and six others have completed their isolation period.
In Ector County, the number of cases now sits at 40, but 15 people have already fully recovered from the virus.
Friday morning, Andrews listed two recoveries out of 11 cases.
Gaines County has only seen one case so far, but that patient has thankfully achieved a full recovery.
None of the other counties who have cases listed have updated with recovery numbers, but the number of cases popping up does seem to be slowing down across the Permian Basin.
To see a full list of cases of COVID-19 in the Permian Basin, you can click here.
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