FILE: Mayor Dee Margo | Clip courtesy City of El Paso
Thursday afternoon, in light of the region’s first thousand plus day of new COVID-19 cases, Mayor Dee Margo announced new restrictions on sports in city parks and extension of closures of city quality of life centers.
“Each case represents a person, a mother, a father, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters and children. A member of a family – our family,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “I am asking all residents to please stay home when possible, only leave for essential items, and do not take the entire family when shopping. We must all do our part to stop the spread of the virus.”
The restrictions are as follows:
- All league practices, games, tournaments are not allowed in City parks for at least two weeks. This is for both City and private leagues. No permits will be issued at this point for any activity until November 6.
- Parks will only be open for use of trails, walking paths, and playground equipment for small children.
- Extending limitations at City museums, libraries, zoo, aquatic centers; senior centers; and daycare centers.
“City of El Paso Health and Emergency officials reminded the community that we are not immune to the national spike in COVID-19 cases as seen in the dramatic spike of positive cases reported today with the announcement of 1,161 new cases,” Mayor Margo and city officials shared Thursday afternoon. “Due to this surge in local positive cases, strict restrictions will be implemented in the community effective Friday, October 23.”
On October 22, the community saw another record setting day for testing with more than 7,780 people getting a COVID-19 test at one of the more than 50 COVID-19 testing sites throughout our community, with three more having opened this week.
The cumulative number of tests conducted is more than 385,000.
According to the City Department of Public Health, as part of the battle against the virus they have has approximately 270 contact tracers, implemented an education taskforce and sent out compliance teams to conduct sweeps across the City focusing on the community’s hotspots.
The Coronavirus Relief Funding obtained by the City of El Paso is providing support for businesses and residents. The City has identified $20.5 million for business recovery, $2.6 million for the food bank, $1.65 million for daycare services, and $12.5 million for rental and utility assistance.
Governor Greg Abbott has announced today that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) are surging additional medical personnel and equipment to the El Paso’s region to assist with the community’s COVID-19 response.
DSHS will deploy over 460 medical personnel to the region this week, and the agencies are sending a Texas Emergency Medical Task Force ambulance bus, medical incident support team, five ambulances, and mobile medical unit to assist first responders.
DSHS is also deploying 48 patient monitors, 25 medical beds, and 30 oxygen concentrators to support area hospitals.
Officials remind the public that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and so, at this time, the best way to prevent contracting the virus is to avoid exposure.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus mainly spreads via person-to-person contact:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet);
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks;
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Health officials urge residents to stay home if possible, but if you must go out it is essential to practice social distancing, wear a face cover, frequently wash your hands with soap and water and if feeling even mildly under the weather residents should stay home. Below are helpful numbers:
- PD Non-Emergency: 915-832-4400
o Contact Police non-emergency at 915-832-4400, on any COVID-19; guidelines that are not being enforced or followed. (No facial coverings, not following the social distancing guidelines, gatherings over 10 people, restaurant capacity etc., to our current local directive).
- City COVID-19 Collection Site: 915-212-0783
o Contact the collection site if you would like to schedule an appointment for any of the two City sites or to reschedule the appointment you have made online at EPStrong.org. For additional testing sites, visit EPStrong.org under the Testing Tab.
- Epi Triage Line: 915-212-6520
o Contact the Epi Triage Line to self-report a positive result and to get test results for individuals tested by the Department of Public Health (DPH) Laboratory ONLY.
- 21- COVID Hotline (212-6843)
o Contact the 21-COVID (212-6843) Hotline to get information about COVID-19 prevention and resources.
o Contact 311 to report any past or future incidents relative to the city’s COVID 19 guideline set in place by our city government.
For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.
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Posted by City of El Paso, Texas – Municipal Government on Thursday, October 22, 2020