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Levelland, Hockley County seeing start of Covid surge

Levelland and Hockley County is at the front end of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, seen across the nation and Texas.

While cases in Levelland and Hockley County continue to trend up, the rest of the state, including the south and eastern areas of Texas, are beginning to trend down.

However, with cases in Hockley County beginning to increase, hospitalizations at Covenant Health Levelland are also beginning to increase, which has been compacted by an increase in Covid-19 cases, as well as other illness that has been present this season.

Bruce White, hospital administrator and CEO at Covenant Health Levelland, said the hospital and clinics are seeing an increase in flu cases this year, whereas last year that wasn’t the case.

“Flu is active this year,” White said.

However, he said the biggest issue isn’t necessarily Covid-19 or other illness, but is staffing.

“One of the reasons hospitals don’t have enough capacity is because we can’t find the staffing to open up every room or every facility room,” White said. “That’s true for all hospitals, not just Levelland.”

At Monday’s city council meeting, Cole Kirkland, emergency management coordinator for Levelland and Hockley County provided an update on local cases.

Kirkland said the county has definitely seen an increase in cases since his last report to city council on December 2.

As of Tuesday, there were 240 active cases in Hockley County, an increase from 127 cases reported last week. Total cases have increased from 3,891 last week to 4,039 as of Tuesday.

The number of fatalities related to Covid-19 in Hockley County has increased by one from 140 last week to 141 as of Tuesday.

Read full story in the mid-week edition of the News-Press.

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