Nursing students at UTPB are getting their hands-on experience while helping out locally with COVID-19 patients.

According to NewsWest 9, Ector County Commissioners voted to go in on a partnership with the UTPB nursing department to help deal with COVID-19 cases.

“This is a communitywide event, this is not an event that’s just occurring at a campus, the city or the county" says Debi Hays, Ector County judge, "So partnerships with our community, the university, hospitals are essential.”

They will be helping out with investigations of positive COVID-19 cases as well as who those people might have contacted in the days before their diagnosis.