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Home | Breaking News | El Paso-area Coronavirus Archive Stories from June 1st through 25th

El Paso-area Coronavirus Archive Stories from June 1st through 25th

This archive page of our El Paso-area Coronavirus Information has releases and information from June 1st through the 25th

For the most recent health developments on COVID-19, please visit our up-to-the-minute page; for official info, click below.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)   |   World Health Organization    |    City of El Paso Department of Public Health

***ARCHIVE CONTENT FOLLOWS***

 

***(6/25/2020)

Thursday morning, officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health announced 175 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 4984.

Additionally, DPH reported three new COVID-19 deaths, raising the total to 125.

All of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· A male in his 50s

· A male in his 60s

· A female in her 60s

There are now 3465 recovered cases, with 1394 active cases reported in the area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 63,400 tests.

Currently, there are 108 patients hospitalized, with 48 in ICU and 20 on ventilators.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/24/2020)

El Paso Department of Public Health officials announced Wednesday 132 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 4809.

Additionally, the DPH reported no new COVID-19 deaths, so that total remains at 122.

There are now 3361 recovered cases, with 1326 active cases reported in the area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 61,800 tests.

Currently, there are 107 patients hospitalized, with 47 in ICU and 17 on ventilators.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/23/2020)

Tuesday, El Paso Department of Public Health officials announced two additional deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 122. Officials say a male and a female, both in their 70s with underlying health conditions.

Additionally, the DPH reported 124 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the overal total to 4,677.

There are now 3301 recovered cases, with 1254 active cases reported in the area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 60,400 tests.

Currently, there are 95 patients hospitalized, with 50 in ICU and 13 on ventilators.

Testing has been extended and a new walk up site has been opened, click here for complete dates/times/guidelines for testing.

Additional health questions about COVID-19 can be made by calling the 21- COVID hotline (915-212-6843), which is operational from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referral to services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/22/2020)

On Monday morning, officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health announced 65 new cases of COVID-19, raising the overall total cases to 4553.

No additional deaths were reported, so the overall total remains at 120.

There are now 3191 recovered cases, with 1242 active cases reported in the area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 57,000 tests.

Currently, there are 95 patients hospitalized, with 51 in ICU and 18 on ventilators.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/21/2020)

Sunday morning, Department of Public Health officials announced 148 new COVID-19 cases are being reported for a cumulative total 4,488.

The total number of deaths remains at 120.

To date, 3,175 residents have recovered from the virus and the number of active cases increases to 1,193.  Overall, officials say that the DPH has performed an estimated 56,200 tests.

As of Sunday, 102 patients are hospitalized with 52 in ICU and 19 on ventilators.

Testing has been extended and a new walk up site has been opened, click here for complete dates/times/guidelines for testing.

Additional health questions about COVID-19 can be made by calling the 21- COVID hotline (915-212-6843), which is operational from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referral to services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

***(6/20/2020)

Department of Public Health officials announced Saturday morning one (1) COVID-19 death; a female in her 70s with underlying health conditions, bringing the total number of deaths to 120.

DPH officials also noted 162 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the area’s total to 4,340. Public Health staff have advised that there are no clusters associated with this spike.

“Once all investigations are completed staff will be able to determine if this spike might be due to Memorial Day,” DPH officials added.

There are now recoveries 3154, with 1066 active cases reported in the area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 55,000 tests.

Currently, there are 108 patients hospitalized, with 52 in ICU and 20 on ventilators.

The public is reminded that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. At this time, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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 or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/19/2020)

Friday morning, officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health announced 90 new cases of COVID-19, raising the overall total cases to 4178.

No additional deaths were reported, keeping the total at 119.

There are now recoveries 3083, with 976 active cases reported in the area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 53,500 tests.

Currently, there are 106 patients hospitalized, with 52 in ICU and 21 on ventilators.

***(6/18/2020)

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting six (6) additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 119.

All except one of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • a female in her 30s, with no underlying health conditions
  • a male in his 50s, with underlying conditions
  • two (2) males in their 70s, with underlying conditions
  • a female in her 80s, with underlying conditions
  • a male in his 80s, with underlying conditions

“Every time we report a death, it should bring about a sorrow in each of us. My worst fear is that we as a community become numb to danger of this virus,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Local Health Authority. “The continuing increase in cases and today’s reported deaths should remind everyone that we need to adhere to the protective measures of limiting your outings, wearing a face covering and washing your hands often with soap and water.”

Health officials noted that the six deaths did not occur on the same day. El Paso is also reporting 89 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 4,088. To-date 3,023 people have recovered from COVID-19; and so there are 946 active cases within the county.

City and County staff are reviewing the Local Emergency Directive to amend the face covering rules for local businesses. The amendment would require businesses to ensure customers and employees use face coverings while on the business’ premises.

The public is reminded that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. At this time, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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 or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

***(6/18/2020) City, Anthony and Canutillo ISD Partner to Expand COVID-19 Testing

Canutillo and Anthony ISD are teaming up to offer free COVID-19 testing at Alderete Middle School, 801 Talbot Road in Canutillo.

The additional testing site is part of a collaboration with the City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health and Office of Emergency Management.

The additional COVID-19 drive-thru site will be conducted by appointment only. Testing will be from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 23
  • Tuesday, June 30
  • Tuesday, July 7
  • Tuesday, July 14

Members of the public are encouraged to request an appointment for COVID-19 testing by calling (915) 887-7620 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, or from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Testing is open to everyone, with or without symptoms. The testing is free of charge and doctor referrals are not needed.

For more information about the various public and private testing locations throughout the community click here or visit www.epstrong.org.

Additional health questions about COVID-19 can be made by calling the 21- COVID hotline (915-212-6843), which is operational from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referral to services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/17/2020)

For Wednesday, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting four (4) additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 113.

All of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· A female in her 40s

· Two (2) females in their 60s

· A male in his 70s

As we mentioned yesterday, DPH officials want to note that the four deaths did not occur on the same day; however, the data from the investigations, to include gathering of medical records, death certificates and pertinent information from each case was obtained on the same day.

El Paso is also reporting 51 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 3,999. To-date 2,914 people have recovered from COVID-19; so there are 972 active cases within the county.

Additional health questions about COVID-19 can be made by calling the 21-COVID hotline, which is operational from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referral to services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/16/2020) The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting seven (7) additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 109.

All except one of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • a female in her 60s, with no underlying conditions
  • a male in his 50s
  • four (4) males in their 60s
  • a female in her 70s

“We send our sincere condolences to the loved ones of our latest COVID-19 victims. We also urge El Pasoans to do their part to protect themselves and protect our most vulnerable,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Local Health Authority. “Our community should understand that while we might see the number of cases decrease on some days we cannot waiver in sustaining strict protective healthy habits such as frequent handwashing, social distancing and wearing face coverings.”

Health officials noted that all seven deaths did not occur on the same day; however, the data from the investigations, to include gathering of medical records, death certificates and pertinent information from each case was obtained on the same day.

El Paso is also reporting 37 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 3,948. To-date 2,795 people have recovered from COVID-19; and so there are 1,044 active cases within the county.

The public is reminded that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. At this time, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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 or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

***

***(6/15/2020)

Officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health announced Monday 77 new cases of COVID-19, raising the overall total cases to 3911.

Two additional deaths were reported, bringing that total to 102.  The patients were 2 females in their 90s, one had underlying health conditions.

There are now recoveries 2732, with 1077 active cases reported in the area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 49,200 tests.

Currently, there are 78 patients hospitalized, with 50 in ICU and 28 on ventilators.

Additionally, the Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) will continue COVID-19 testing in El Paso through June 22 at four mobile testing sites, one new walk-up site and various rural county sites.

The TMD-MTT testing locations are drive-thru and by appointment only. Persons are asked to make an appointment 24 hours prior to the testing date either online or by calling (512) 883-2400.

Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Click here to view the sites.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/14/2020)

On Sunday, officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health announced that the area now has 3834 total cases of COVID-19, an increase of 40 over the previous day.

COVID-19 recoveries now stand at 2712, with 1022 active cases reported.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 48,500 tests.  No additional deaths were reported, keeping the total at 100.

There are currently 85 patients hospitalized, with 51 in ICU and 27 on ventilators.

Additionally, the Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) will continue COVID-19 testing in El Paso through June 22 at four mobile testing sites, one new walk-up site and various rural county sites.

The TMD-MTT testing locations are drive-thru and by appointment only. Persons are asked to make an appointment 24 hours prior to the testing date either online or by calling (512) 883-2400.

Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms.

Testing within the City of El Paso is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

Saturday, June 13 through Monday, June 22:

  • Armijo Recreation Center and Pool; 710 E 7th Ave, El Paso, TX
  • Haskins Recreation Center; 7400 High Ridge, El Paso, TX
  • Esperanza Acosta Moreno Library; 12480 Pebble Hills, El Paso, TX
  • Memorial Swimming Pool; 3251 Copper Ave., El Paso, TX

A new indoor walk-up site is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates and location. No appointment is needed for the walk-up site.

  • Tuesday, June 16 through Friday June 19 and Monday, June 22:

Nation Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad Dr., El Paso, TX

Testing in the rural county areas is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, June 13:

Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Road, Horizon City, TX

  • Monday, June 15:

West Valley Fire Station; 510 Vinton Road, Vinton, TX

  • Tuesday, June 16:

Montana Vista Fire Station #1; 13978 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX

  • Wednesday, June 17:

Tornillo ISD Elementary Gym; 19200 Cobb Ave., Tornillo, TX

  • Thursday, June 18:

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo; 11200 Santos Sanchez Blvd., Tornillo, TX

  • Friday, June 19:

El Paso County ESD #2 Fire Station; 11440 N. Loop, Socorro, TX

  • Saturday, June 20:

El Paso County ESD #2 District Office; 16001 Socorro Rd., Fabens, TX

  • Monday, June 22:

Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Road, Horizon City, TX

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

***

***(6/13/2020)

El Paso Department of Public Health officials announced on Saturday that cases of COVID-19 had jumped by 99 patients, bringing the overall total to 3794.

Two additional deaths were reported, raising that total to 100. The male patient in his 80s and female patient in her 90s, both had underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 recoveries now stand at 2681, with 1013 active cases reported.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 47,800 tests.

There are currently 88 patients hospitalized, with 51 in ICU and 26 on ventilators.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

***

***(6/12/2020)

On Friday, officials with El Paso Department of Public Health announced 45 new cases of COVID-19 , bringing the overall total to 3695.

Officials reported one additional death, raising that total to 98. The victim is a male in his 80s with underlying health conditions.

There are now 2600 recoveries, with 997 active COVID-19 cases in the El Paso area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 46,300 tests.

There are currently 85 patients hospitalized, with 45 in ICU and 27 on ventilators.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/12/2020)City, Clint ISD partner for expanded COVID-19 testing

Clint Independent School District (CISD) will be offering COVID-19 testing services for the community beginning Monday, June 15.

The additional testing site is part of a collaboration with the City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health and Office of Emergency Management.

Below are the testing dates, times and locations:

MONDAY

June 15, 2020

TUESDAY

June 16, 2020

WEDNESDAY

June 17, 2020

THURSDAY

June 18, 2020

Frank Macias

Elementary School

Red Sands

Elementary School

Frank Macias

Elementary School

Clint High School
14400 Golden Eagle

El Paso TX 79928

4250 O’Shea

El Paso, TX 79938

14400 Golden Eagle

El Paso TX 79928

13890 Alameda

Clint, TX 79836

7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The testing locations are drive-thru and by appointment only and drop-ins will not be accommodated. Persons are asked to make an appointment 24 hours prior to the testing date at the Clint ISD COVID-19 Testing Hotline at (915) 926-4070 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms.

Additional health questions about COVID-19 can be made by calling the 21-COVID hotline, which is operational from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referral to services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/11/2020)

Due to continued rise in cases of COVID-19 in both neighboring Hudspeth County, Texas and Eddy County, New Mexico, Guadalupe Mountains National Park will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

This is following guidance from the CDC, state and local public health authorities to protect visitors, as well as employees, volunteers, and residents.

Please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/gumo for details and updates on park operations.

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***(6/11/2020)

The El Paso Department of Public Health announced four deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the toll to 97. Officials share that the patients who died were:

• a male in his 30s, with underlying health conditions

• a male in his 40s, with underlying health conditions

• a male in his 60s, with underlying health conditions

• a female in her 60s, with no underlying health conditions

Additionally, 68 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, bringing the overall total to 3650.

As of Thursday, DPH reported that there are 2538 recoveries, with 1015 active COVID-19 cases in the El Paso area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 45,300 tests.

There are currently 81 patients hospitalized, with 54 in ICU and 27 on ventilators.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

***

***(6/11/2020)  Free assistance available for low-income individuals grappling with civil legal problems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

The State Bar of Texas and legal aid providers across the state remind Texans that a toll-free legal assistance hotline is available to low-income individuals and families confronted with civil legal problems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legal aid providers are already witnessing:

  • increased evictions as individuals are unable to pay rent,
  • employment law concerns as petitioners are denied unemployment benefits, and
  • family law matters as COVID-19 impacts child visitation and support.

People may call 800-504-7030 toll-free to be connected with legal service providers in their area. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Texas lawyers who can provide free legal help.

One number connects callers with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas serving North and West Texas; Lone Star Legal Aid serving Northeast, East, and Southeast Texas; and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid serving South and West Texas. Callers should be aware there are some limitations on the legal services available.

Online Resources

A webpage of COVID-19 resources is available at TexasLawHelp.org including information on eviction and tenants’ rights, unemployment benefits, family law matters, estate planning, and other matters. The website’s LiveChat feature can assist low-income individuals with their legal questions. The website is operated by Texas Legal Services Center.

Barratry or improper solicitation

The State Bar of Texas reminds the public that in many cases it is a crime in Texas for a lawyer or someone representing a lawyer to contact a person for purposes of legal representation if the person has not first requested the call or personal visit. The contact is not illegal if the attorney is not seeking payment or has a preexisting professional-client or family relationship with the person being contacted.

If you witness something you believe to be improper solicitation, or barratry, please get the name and phone number of the person making contact and report it to your local law enforcement authority or the State Bar of Texas Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office toll free at 866-224-5999.

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (lanwt.org) — Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is a nonprofit organization that strives to meet the legal needs of more than 1.5 million eligible clients in its 114-county service area. The fifth-largest legal aid program in the United States, LANWT provides a wide variety of broad-based legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients including family law, landlord/tenant cases, public benefits, wills, foreclosure prevention, consumer issues, and community revitalization matters.

Lone Star Legal Aid (lonestarlegal.org) — Lone Star Legal Aid is the fourth largest service provider of free legal aid in the United States. LSLA serves 72 counties in Texas and four in Arkansas, from Texarkana, to the Louisiana-Texas Gulf Coast state-line, down to Matagorda Bay, an area with over 2 million Texans eligible for free legal services. LSLA has 14 offices throughout east, southeast, and northeast Texas; covering consumer, housing, environmental justice, disaster recovery, tax relief, family law, domestic violence, sexual assault, crime victim rights, veterans benefits, and more.

State Bar of Texas (texasbar.com) — The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.

Texas Legal Services Center (tlsc.org) — Texas Legal Services Center is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide high-quality legal representation, advice, advocacy, and education at no cost to underserved people across the state. With more than a dozen practice areas, our work touches almost every aspect of civil law that impacts low-income Texans.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (trla.org) — Texas RioGrande Legal Aid provides free legal services to approximately 23,000 low-income Texans in 68 southwestern counties including the entire Texas-Mexico border. TRLA attorneys specialize in more than 45 practice areas, including disaster assistance, family, employment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, subsidized housing, education, immigration, farmworker, civil rights, and environmental law.

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***(6/10/2020)

The Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) will continue COVID-19 testing in El Paso through June 22 at four mobile testing sites, one new walk-up site and various rural county sites.

One of the four sites includes the Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge, in West El Paso.

At the ongoing request of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and the Office of Emergency Management, the Office of the Governor and the Texas Department of Emergency Management once again agreed to extend the testing in El Paso County.

The TMD-MTT testing locations are drive-thru and by appointment only. Persons are asked to make an appointment 24 hours prior to the testing date either online or by calling (512) 883-2400.

Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Although symptoms are not required for testing, signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, fatigue, body aches, muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal congestion, and loss of taste and/or smell.

If residents do not call or register for an appointment, they can still show up at the site and will be instructed to either register on their phone or call the number to schedule accordingly.

Testing within the City of El Paso is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

Saturday, June 13 through Monday, June 22:

  • Armijo Recreation Center and Pool; 710 E 7th Ave, El Paso, TX
  • Haskins Recreation Center; 7400 High Ridge, El Paso, TX
  • Esperanza Acosta Moreno Library; 12480 Pebble Hills, El Paso, TX
  • Memorial Swimming Pool; 3251 Copper Ave., El Paso, TX

A new indoor walk-up site is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates and location. No appointment is needed for the walk-up site.

  • Tuesday, June 16 through Friday June 19 and Monday, June 22:

Nation Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad Dr., El Paso, TX

Testing in the rural county areas is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, June 13:

Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Road, Horizon City, TX

  • Monday, June 15:

West Valley Fire Station; 510 Vinton Road, Vinton, TX

  • Tuesday, June 16:

Montana Vista Fire Station #1; 13978 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX

  • Wednesday, June 17:

Tornillo ISD Elementary Gym; 19200 Cobb Ave., Tornillo, TX

  • Thursday, June 18:

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo; 11200 Santos Sanchez Blvd., Tornillo, TX

  • Friday, June 19:

El Paso County ESD #2 Fire Station; 11440 N. Loop, Socorro, TX

  • Saturday, June 20:

El Paso County ESD #2 District Office; 16001 Socorro Rd., Fabens, TX

  • Monday, June 22:

Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Road, Horizon City, TX

For more information about the various public and private testing locations throughout the community click here or visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(6/10/2020)

Wednesday morning, officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health announced that 70 new cases have been added to the overall tally, bringing the area’s total COVID-19 cases to 3582.

There are 2430 recoveries, with 1059 active COVID-19 cases in the El Paso area.  According to the DPH, they have performed an estimated 44,300 tests.

No new deaths were reported on Wednesday, so the total number of deaths stands at 93.

82 patients are currently hospitalized, with 59 in ICU and 27 on ventilators.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

***

***(6/9/2020)

El Paso Department of Public Health officials said Tuesday morning that 59 new cases have been added to the overall tally, bringing the area’s total COVID-19 cases to 3512.

DPH officials also said that two more patients had died due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 93.   Both males, one in his 70’s and one in his 80’s, had underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday morning, there are 2369 recoveries, with 1050 active cases of COVID-19 in the El Paso area.  Additionally, an estimated 43,800 tests have been performed by DPH.

95 patients are currently hospitalized, with 61 in ICU and 29 on ventilators.

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 data, visit the COVID-19 Data page found at www.epstrong.org.

***(6/8/2020)

Monday morning, officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health released the new totals for COVID-19 cases in the area.

One additional person has died, bringing the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 91. The patient was a female in her 50s with underlying health conditions.

Overall, officials reported 77 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the overall total number of cases to 3453.

Currently, there are 2290 recoveries, with 1072 active cases of COVID-19 in the El Paso area.  Additionally, an estimated 43,000-plus tests have been performed by DPH.

96 patients are currently hospitalized, with 64 in ICU and 34 on ventilators.

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 data visit the COVID-19 Data page found at www.epstrong.org.

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***(06/08/2020) Hospitals of Providence to Allow Visitors in Emergency Room

The Hospitals of Providence announced effective today, June 8, the emergency room visitation policy will now allow one designated visitor to accompany each patient within the emergency room (ER).

“We understand the importance of having a loved one at your side during a time of emergency and the critical role they play in providing comfort and support.  In collaboration with physician leadership, we have determined that the timing is right to allow visitors in the ER,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Group Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence.  “We will continue to evaluate our visitor policy to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, staff, and physicians.”

Visitors will be screened for fever, respiratory symptoms or travel to high risk locations prior to entering the hospital, and required to wear a facemask, and sanitize their hands. Any visitor not meeting screening criteria will not be permitted to enter the hospital emergency room.

All staff, physicians, patients and visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the hospital.

The Hospitals of Providence, including emergency rooms, have standards in place built upon deep clinical expertise and ongoing management of COVID-19, as well as continuous incorporation of CDC, CMS and state recommendations. They are a rigorous combination of infection prevention processes, training, testing, personal protective equipment and technology.

Standards include the following components:

  • COVID Care Areas – separate areas and protocols
  • Rigorous physician and staff protocols – daily screening, universal masking and access to PPE
  • Heightened sanitization – enhanced cleaning of surfaces and plenty of hand sanitization stations
  • Access to COVID-19 testing – testing for patients, physicians and staff who require it
  • Precautions for patients and visitors – provision of facemasks, hand sanitizer and physical distancing
  • Enhanced virtual access – virtual care, remote monitoring as well as connectivity with loved ones

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***(6/7/2020)

Starting this week, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank will distribute nutritious food to community members in need of food assistance at three new mobile pantry sites.
This is the second expansion in a week for the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
Last week, officials announced the addition of two new drive through distribution sites, bringing the total number of drive through sites to six.  Click here to read about their expansion.
The following  are the addresses and  times for the new Mobile Pantry Sites:
Westside Community Church – 201 E Sunset Rd, El Paso, TX, 79922

Tuesdays beginning 6/9/2020 from 9AM to 12PM

St. Luke’s Church – 930 E Redd Rd, El Paso, TX, 79912

Wednesdays beginning 6/17/2020 from 9AM to 12PM

Vino Nuevo West – 1035 Belvidere St, El Paso, TX, 79912

Thursdays beginning 6/11/2020 from 9AM – 12PM

To donate to the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, click here.

***(6/7/2020)

On Sunday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 3376 total COVID-19 cases in the county, an increase of 78 cases.

To date, 2266 people have recovered from COVID-19; with 1020 active cases within the county. There are no additional COVID-19 deaths, the total number of deaths remains at 90.

Officials added that over 43,000 test had been performed, with the DPH lab having tested 6276, resulting in 5533 negative results.

Beginning Monday, June 8, all City Parks will be opened to include skate parks and outdoor basketball/tennis courts.

Due to ongoing health concerns regarding COVID-19, playgrounds and fitness equipment within parks will remain closed until further notice.

Park visitors are asked to follow health and safety guidelines that include social distancing protocols, wearing a face covering and no gathering in groups of more than 10.

City permits are also needed for organized functions, such as games and practices.

The City’s Local Emergency Directive has been amended to reflect the City’s scheduled reopened services and the executed amendment will be made available at www.epstrong.org under “Health Orders.”

Health officials, once again, strongly advise the public to continue practicing preventive measures such as observing social distancing, wearing a face covering, staying home if you are sick, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water. Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-feet social distancing and hand washing, as these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus.

Infected persons with little to no symptoms can still spread the virus to others and the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if the person is one of our most vulnerable residents such as our seniors, people with underlying health conditions and those who are immunocompromised.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/6/2020)

On Saturday, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 85 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 3298.

To date 2241 people have recovered from COVID-19; and so there are 967 active cases within the county. There are no additional COVID-19 deaths, the total number of deaths remains at 90.

The public is reminded that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. At this time, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the virus is 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 or possibly be inhaled into the lungs; and
  • Be aware that some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are infected but not showing symptoms.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/5/2020) Officials Plan to Cautiously Reopen Parks, Museums, Libraries, Zoo

With the support of the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Public Health, and in consultation with the Local Health Authority, the City of El Paso will begin to reopen portions of Quality of Life services over the next several weeks to include parks, two museums, some Library services and portions of the El Paso Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

“We have determined that now is the time to start phasing and reopening some of our most important quality of life recreation areas,” said City of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

“We know that exercise and being outdoors is a key factor in maintaining good mental health during stressful times. We also appreciate the need to feed the mind with new reading material and learn new things about our history, art and wildlife, so it is encouraging to see our Quality of Life facilities re-opening. It is still imperative, however, that we continue practicing behaviors that are known to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

The City’s Local Emergency Directive has been amended to reflect the City’s scheduled reopened services and the executed amendment will be made available at www.epstrong.org under “Health Orders.” Additional amendments are still being reviewed by the City and County officials and will be provided to the public once completed.

PARKS AND RECREATIONS

Beginning Monday, June 8, all City Parks will be opened to include skate parks and outdoor basketball/tennis courts.

Due to ongoing health concerns regarding COVID-19, playgrounds and fitness equipment within parks will remain closed until further notice.

Park visitors are asked to follow health and safety guidelines that include social distancing protocols, wearing a face covering and no gathering in groups of more than 10. City permits are also needed for organized functions, such as games and practices.

Beginning Wednesday, July 1, City spray parks will be opened during the following limited hours of operations:

  • Tuesdays through Sundays

o   10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o   5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be an extended cleaning break on open days to ensure proper hygiene and staff will conduct enhanced cleaning during closed days.

Also beginning Wednesday, July 1, select regional recreation centers will be reopened Monday through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The regional recreation centers to be opened are:

  • Don Haskins (7400 High Ridge Dr.)
  • Veterans (5301 Salem Dr.)
  • Pat O’Rourke (901 N Virginia St.)
  • Gary del Palacio (3001 Parkwood St.)
  • Pavo Real (9301 Alameda Ave.)
  • Marty Robbins (11620 Vista Del Sol Dr.)
  • Officer David Ortiz (563 N Carolina Dr.)

The public will be required to wear face coverings except when participating in sports and aerobic activity. Select classes will be offered at reduced attendance capacity.

The public is asked to adhere to all applicable State minimum standard health protocols and Local Health Authority Orders.

City pools and senior centers remain closed to the public. However, the City has formed a cross-functional team that has created a plan of action to reopen during future phases.

EL PASO PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Beginning Monday, June 29, three (3) libraries will be available for curbside check-out services on a limited basis:

  • Dorris Van Doren (551 Redd Rd.)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays

  • Esperanza Acosta Moreno (12480 Pebble Hills Blvd.)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursdays

  • Richard Burges (9600 Dyer St.)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Mondays and Thursdays

Materials will need to be checked out online and picked up by appointment to ensure safety for staff and the public. Face coverings will be required for library patrons engaged in library activities.  For more information, visit www.elpasolibrary.org.

 

MUSEUMS

Beginning, Thursday, July 2, the City will reopen the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History during the following limited hours of operations:

  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Attendance will be monitored to ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed and all visitors will be required to wear face coverings. Classes, camps, lectures and artist demonstrations will be offered virtually until further notice. The Digital Wall at Museum of History will remain closed until further notice, but will continue to be accessible via online at: digie.org.

The health, safety and well-being of the community and the City’s workforce remains top priority when reintroducing limited City services.

A detailed Reopening of Services Plan will be presented in its entirety during the City Council work session scheduled for Monday, June 8

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***(6/5/2020) EPCSO: ‘No cases’ of COVID-19 at Jail Annex

Officials with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement Friday afternoon:

There have been recent reports by health officials advising of a sharp increase in COVID-19 positive cases due to a cluster at a local correctional-detention facility.

The El Paso County Jail Annex, which is operated by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, is located in the same general area of the Rogelio Sanchez State Jail, which is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

While we cannot comment on the current status of the Rogelio Sanchez State Jail, the El Paso County Jail Annex currently has zero COVID-19 cases.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with medical staff to implement necessary procedures and provide equipment to limit the outbreak of the virus in the workplace and within our inmate population. This would include providing personal protective equipment to our personnel and the inmates.

Additionally, screenings are required to gain access to any Sheriff’s Office building in order to ensure the safety and well-being of personnel and the public. we serve.

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***(6/5/2020) DPH: Total COVID-19 cases rise to 3213; 90th death reported; 2133 total recoveries, with 990 active cases

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting one (1) COVID-19 death and a triple-digit spike in positive cases, due in part to the cluster seen at a local correctional-detention facility.

The 90th death is a female in her 20s with underlying health conditions.

El Paso is reporting 144 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 3,213 cases. To-date 2,133 people have recovered from COVID-19; and so there are 990 active cases within the county.

DPH, which is in the process of evaluating the data, reports that about half of today’s cases are associated with a cluster seen at a local correctional-detention facility. A cluster is a collection of two (2) or more cases of the virus in the same area at the same time.

The DPH and Office of Emergency Management is working on updating the previously provided breakdown of clusters for the community.

“Every death is not just a number. Each of these individuals are someone’s loved one and we grieve with them for their loss,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Local Health Authority.

“What might be concerning for some is the age of this patient. Up to now, the majority of our deaths have been older persons, while our youth seem to be mildly impacted. However, this young woman had underlying medical conditions, which is a common factor for many of our deaths. Our health status does affect the capacity of our bodies to combat not only this virus, but many diseases. Which is why we must take the necessary precautions to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, especially those at higher risk.”

Health officials, once again, strongly advise the public to continue practicing preventive measures such as observing social distancing, wearing a face covering, staying home if you are sick, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water. Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-feet social distancing and hand washing, as these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus.

Infected persons with little to no symptoms can still spread the virus to others and the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if the person is one of our most vulnerable residents such as our seniors, people with underlying health conditions and those who are immunocompromised.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/4/2020)

Today the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 197 new COVID-19 cases, the largest spike to-date.

Health officials advised the sharp increase is due to a cluster at a local correctional-detention facility that accounted for 145 new cases. A cluster is a collection of two (2) or more cases of the virus in the same area at the same time.

“The Cluster Management Task Force has been working to increase testing aimed at testing specific facilities that house at-risk populations, and/or where there is a greater risk for an outbreak to include, among others, care facilities for the elderly and correctional/detention facilities,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jorge A. Rodriguez, Emergency Management Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management. “We have also worked to provide these facilities guidance on how to address and prevent these outbreaks.”

The DPH and Office of Emergency Management are working on updating the previously provided breakdown of clusters for the community.

As previously reported the source of exposure for COVID-19 remains at about 50 percent close contact (family members, friends or co-workers); about 20 percent community-transmitted (cases occurring among those who did not have any known contact with infected persons); about 20 percent travel-related and about 10 percent of the cases are under investigation.

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***(6/4/2020)

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting one (1) COVID-19 death and a triple-digit spike in positive cases.

The 89th death is a male in his 40s with underlying health conditions.

El Paso is reporting 197 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 3,069 cases. To-date 1,921 people have recovered from COVID-19; and so there are 1,059 active cases within the county.

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 data visit the COVID-19 Data page found at www.EPStrong.org.

“Our hearts go out to this gentleman who lost his battle against this devastating virus, and to his family we send our sincerest condolences,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Local Authority. “As I’ve said before this spike clearly shows that many people do not adhere to the warnings and preventative measures we have clearly stated. We must each acknowledge that we are responsible for our own actions, which affects our friends and family. Why risk yours or their lives?”

City and County officials are reviewing and will update our Local Directive to reflect Governor Abbott’s announcement of Phase 3 plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Noting the severity of COVID-19, health officials advise that it is critical El Paso move forward with caution and due diligence.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our community. Community members should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, especially those who are the most vulnerable (person 65 or older and/or with pre-existing health conditions).

Health officials strongly advise to continue practicing social distancing, wear a face covering, stay home if you are sick, and frequently wash your hands with soap and water. Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-feet social distancing and hand washing, as these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/3/2020)

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting five (5) additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 88.

All except one of the patients had underlying medical conditions. They include:

  • a female in her 60s
  • a male in his 50s, with no underlying medical conditions
  • a male in his 50s
  • a male in his 70s
  • a male in his 90s

“We send our sincerest condolences to the families of these five families who have lost their loved one due to COVID-19. My worst fear is that we as a community become numb to danger of this virus,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Local Health Authority. “We cannot afford to be complacent toward the seriousness of this virus; otherwise we will continue to compromise our lives and the lives of those who are most susceptible. Each additional case means the potential for community exposure also increases.”

El Paso is also reporting 39 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 2,872. To-date 1,797 people have recovered from COVID-19; and so there are 987 active cases within the county.

We want to remind the public of the importance of keeping safe as the virus still lurks in the community. Here are some safety tips to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Wear a face covering when out in public.
  • Do not put a face covering on children under the age of two, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
  • Social distance from others.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart (about two arms’ length) from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Clean and disinfect your home.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces and items.
  • Use an EPA registered household disinfectant.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/3/2020)  Socorro ISD partners with Urgent Care for Kids to provide COVID-19 testing to community, employees

The Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with Virtual Care for Families and Urgent Care for Kids, will be providing COVID-19 testing for SISD employees and community starting on June 5 for employees at the SISD Aquatic Center, 1257 Southview Dr., then open to the community starting June 8.

As the need for COVID-19 testing continues to grow, SISD is joining with Virtual Care for Families, the largest Texas based telemedicine provider, and their Urgent Care services, Urgent Care for Kids, to provide a safe, dependable, and conveniently located testing service.

“Moving forward in the COVID-19 pandemic, our utmost concern remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, employees, families and entire community,” said SISD Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D. “We’re proud to team up with Urgent Care for Kids to take proactive measures and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are continuously working to Keep SISD Safe and we encourage Team SISD members to take advantage of this valuable testing.”

All COVID-19 testing will be free for all children and adults without health insurance, courtesy of the CARES Act. Most major health insurance covers the test, as well, including Cigna which is the healthcare provider for SISD benefit-eligible employees. Please see below for opening dates, times, and locations for testing:

  • Friday, June 5, 8 to 11 a.m. at the SISD Aquatic Center (1257 Southview Dr, El Paso), for employees then available for everyone in the SISD community Monday, June 8, 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Monday, June 15, 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday at Salvador H. Sanchez Middle (321 N Rio Vista Rd, Socorro).

“There’s a great need for additional COVID testing in the Socorro area, and we’re working hard to increase access for the community alongside Socorro ISD,” said Melissa Bauman, Senior Vice President of Telemedicine. “Our goal is to provide drive-through curbside testing at multiple sites in the area as well as offer on-demand virtual visits to help limit exposure to the virus,” said Bauman.

All COVID-19 testing provided through the remote site will require a virtual screening via Virtual Care for Families, where a doctor will medically recommend testing based on symptoms and exposure. Be sure to pre-register online to save time at the drive-through testing site.

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***(6/2/2020)

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting three (3) additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 83.

The patients are a female and two males in their 80s, all had underlying medical conditions.

“We send our sincere condolences to the loved ones of our latest COVID-19 victims. We also wish to remind El Pasoans that our community’s curve will not flatten until each of us realizes our own responsibilities to prevent the spread,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Local Health Authority. “Our community should understand that is everyone’s responsibility to not waiver in developing strict healthy habits such as frequent handwashing, social distancing and wearing face coverings.”

El Paso is also reporting 39 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 2,833. To-date 1,704 people have recovered from COVID-19; and so there are 1,046 active cases within the county.

The public is reminded that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. At this time, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the virus is 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 or possibly be inhaled into the lungs; and
  • Be aware that some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are infected but not showing symptoms.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(6/1/2020)

The City of El Paso’s  Community and Human Development and Economic Development Departments are now accepting applications from non-profit agencies and government entities for the CARES Treasury Relief Funds and Entitlement Grants.

Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020.

The City received CARES funds for coronavirus response and recovery programs, which include $16,277,672 for Community Programs and $18,505,000 for Economic Programs.

The CARES Treasury Relief Funds and Entitlement Grants provide federal funding to support locally driven strategies that address community development needs for struggling community members, households, and businesses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

City leaders and stakeholders, such as service providers, foundations and granting agencies, local businesses, and university officials have come together to create and implement a plan to address the challenges the community is facing as a result of the pandemic.

The CARES funds will focus on the following three goals:

  • Housing and Basic Needs

o   Provide rental and mortgage assistance, utility help, and rapid rehousing to stabilize the housing situations of residents

o   Promote long-term ability of residents to achieve their housing goals

o   Ensure those impacted by COVID-19 have access to basic needs, such as food, childcare, and domestic violence and abuse prevention that are vital to one’s health and wellbeing

  • Livelihood and Employment

o   Deliver financial support to small businesses, microenterprise, and independent contractors who are struggling to meet financial obligations as a result of the pandemic

  • Fostering Economic Prosperity

o   Deliver financial and technical support to the local business community with a focus on small businesses, including microenterprises and independent contractors, to improve business liquidity and cash flow in the short-term, while also stimulating demand and consumer spending and supporting measures to re-start and continue operations.

For information, please click on the “Guidance” tab at www.epstrong.org/.

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***(6/1/2020) Testing Extended at Various Locations around area

The Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) will continue COVID-19 testing in El Paso through June 12 at one of the four mobile testing sites and various rural community sites.

At the ongoing request of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and the Office of Emergency Management, the Office of the Governor and the Texas Department of Emergency Management once again agreed to extend the testing in El Paso County.

The TMD-MTT testing locations are drive-thru and by appointment only. Persons are asked to make an appointment 24 hours prior to the testing date either online at WWW.TXCOVID TEST.ORG or by calling (512) 883-2400.

Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Although not required for testing, signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, fatigue, body aches, muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal congestion, and loss of taste and/or smell.

If residents do not call or register for an appointment, they can still show up at the site and will be instructed to either register on their phone or call the number to schedule accordingly.

Testing within the City of El Paso is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

June 3 – June 12:

  • Armijo Recreation Center and Pool; 710 E 7th Ave, El Paso, TX
  • Nations Tobin Park; 8831 Railroad Dr., El Paso, TX
  • Esperanza Acosta Moreno Library; 12480 Pebble Hills, El Paso, TX
  • Memorial Swimming Pool; 3251 Copper Ave., El Paso, TX

Testing in the rural communities is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, June 3:

  • El Paso County ESD #2 District Office; 16001 Socorro Rd., Fabens, TX

Thursday, June 4:

  • West Valley Fire Department; 510 Vinton Road, Anthony, TX

Friday, June 5:

  • Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Road, Horizon City, TX

Saturday, June 6:

  • Montana Vista Fire Station #1; 13978 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX

Sunday, June 7:

  • Tornillo ISD Elementary Gym; 19200 Cobb Ave., Tornillo, TX

Monday, June 8:

  • San Elizario Fire Station; 1415 San Antonio Rd., San Elizario, TX

Tuesday, June 9:

  • El Paso County ESD #2 Fire Station; 11440 N. Loop, Socorro, TX

Wednesday, June 10:

  • Tornillo ISD Elementary Gym; 19200 Cobb Ave., Tornillo, TX

Thursday, June 11:

  • Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Road, Horizon City, TX

Friday, June 12:

  • El Paso County ESD #2 District Office; 16001 Socorro Rd., Fabens, TX

For more information about the various public and private testing locations throughout the community click here or visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(6/1/2020)

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting two (2) additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 80.

The patients are a man in his 50s and a woman in her 90s, both had underlying medical conditions.

“Today is another somber day for our community, we send our thoughts and prayers to the families of these two individuals,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Local Health Authority. “We know that for young adults, COVID-19 might be a mild disease, but the virus can be transmitted to a vulnerable loved one that may suffer severe complications, including death, from the disease.”

El Paso is also reporting 30 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 2,794. To-date 1,621 people have recovered from COVID-19; and so there are 1,093 active cases within the county.

The public is reminded that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. At this time, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the virus is 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 or possibly be inhaled into the lungs; and
  • Be aware that some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are infected but not showing symptoms.

Anyone with health questions about COVID-19 can call the 21-COVID hotline (915) 212-6843, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referrals to health and social services, contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6).

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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