El Paso-area Coronavirus Archive Stories from March 10th thru 12th

This archive page of our El Paso-area Coronavirus Information has releases and information from March 10 thru 12th.

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


***City of El Paso – City Suspends Special Programming to Protect Public from Evolving COVID-19 situation (3/12/2020)

 In the interest of protecting the public’s health and safety from the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of El Paso is suspending all special programming at parks, libraries, museums and other locations until further notice.

It is important to note, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Paso.

Facilities and programs impacted include:

  • All Senior Centers are closed; all meals for seniors will still be available beginning Tuesday, March 17.
  • Hilos de la Plata Senior Center will be operational only for County workers who prepare food for County Senior Center distribution.
  • Youth and adult sports programs to include sports tournaments are suspended.
  • Programs and classes offered at aquatic centers, libraries, museums, recreation centers and the El Paso Zoo are suspended.
  • Facilities will remain open but without programming.

These steps implemented out of an abundance of caution are intended to protect residents and visitors.

The public may keep up with City news and activities by visiting the city’s website or following the City of El Paso on social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


***Rage Against The Machine concert postponed (3/12/2020)

Team AEG, the promoter behind the Rage Against The Machine/Run the Jewels concert sent this statement out Thursday night:

Due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings we will have to postpone the first part of our tour (March 26th-May 20th) with Run the Jewels. The safety and health of those who come to our shows is of utmost importance to us. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for newly scheduled shows. As it stands, the July and August tour is still on. We will be in touch about rescheduled dates.

Team AEG Presents


***EPISD extends spring break a week over COVID-19 concerns (3/12/2020)

Out of an abundance of caution, the El Paso Independent School District will be extending the spring break holiday through March 27. The District will reopen March 30.

“The health of our students and employees is our priority, and while there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Paso, we believe it is better to move forward using caution,” Superintendent Juan Cabrera said.

The decision was made in order to be proactive as families may be returning from spring break travel. The extended time will be used for deeper spring cleaning of schools.

During the extended week of spring break (March 23-27) some campuses will be open to offer pickup meals for all students. A schedule of times and locations will be distributed next week.

All school-related out-of-town travel has been canceled indefinitely. While there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the county, the District is taking all precautions to keep students and staff healthy and safe.

Please visit episd.org for more information on the District’s plan and prevention tips related to COVID-19


***Letter from YISD Superintendent Xavier De La Torre on district plans (3/12/2020)

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to make the best decisions for our Ysleta ISD community and provide you with timely updated information. Today I’ve been on conference calls with superintendents across the El Paso area as well as conference calls with Ysleta ISD’s leadership team and health services department.

The following proactive steps will be taken to protect the Ysleta ISD community from COVID-19 and to assist our area’s public health officials in their goal of containing the virus across the El Paso area:

  • All Ysleta ISD schools and offices will be closed next week: Monday, March 16 — Friday, March 20. Key district personnel will be using these days to plan next steps for safe and secure operations of our 60 campuses. Because the spread of the Coronavirus is rapidly evolving, my team — in coordination with other El Paso area leaders and health officials — will continue to evaluate the need to extend these planned days of closure. An update will be provided to the Ysleta ISD community no later than Friday, March 20.
  • Custodians and key personnel will continue working throughout the break. Using CDC protocols, each classroom and campus will be disinfected.
  • All out-of-town travel has been canceled until further notice. We understand many of our families are experiencing heightened concerns regarding out-of-town travel for their children, and we want to reassure them that we are taking this special precaution to safeguard the health and safety of our students, employees, and community. All other school-related activities, contests, performances, etc., within El Paso County will continue as normal.
  • Please note, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Paso County or Ysleta ISD schools. Our district’s standard health procedure is to ask that ill students and staff stay home. This is especially important with any person who is running a fever, has a cough and/or difficulty breathing. In those cases, we ask that you contact your health provider immediately. Should anyone with these symptoms come to school, we will ask that they return home immediately.
  • COVID-19 Updates to the Ysleta ISD community will continue to be distributed. We are committed to providing you with important information as soon as it is available. For the most part, we plan to communicate with the entire Ysleta ISD community — keeping everyone informed on this very important issue. Parents should check their contact information in the District’s Home Access Center (HAC) to ensure it is up to date and accurate. Please continue to visit our District webpage for important updates on COVID-19 at Ysleta ISD related to our community. Also, please continue to review important updates provided by the CDC at CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Web Page. The CDC web page is the best resource for up-to-date information on the virus and steps that need to be taken to contain it.

It is important for each of us to prepare for a wide range of possibilities and challenges over the next few days and weeks.

Our entire community must do everything possible to help reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to those who are at increased risk. We — the Ysleta ISD community — have faced challenges and crises before, but…We are El Paso Strong and with your continued support, the District will persevere through this most recent challenge.

Xavier De La Torre – Superintendent of Schools


***Statement – El Paso Water statement regarding Coronavirus (3/12/2020)

With growing international concern about Coronavirus (COVID-19), El Paso Water wants to assure our community that our water will continue to be safe and reliable. Through our standard methods of disinfection, our current water and wastewater treatment plants are more than capable of dealing with any type of virus, including the coronavirus.

We have a plan to keep critical facilities staffed so drinking water and wastewater services will be available 24/7/365.

Guidance has been provided to EPWater employees to decrease the chances of spreading any kind of virus in the workplace, and we are increasing sanitary and disinfection measures at all facilities.

We have placed a hold on all facility tours at this time, and we are cancelling all non-essential meetings and trainings. We have severely restricted employee travel and will continue to roll-out new measures on a weekly basis as things develop.

EPWater is fully committed to the health and safety or our employees and providing our customers with safe, reliable water services.


***Statement – University of Texas at El Paso suspends international & domestic travel (3/12/2020)

UTEP senior leaders met this afternoon to discuss new travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Earlier today (Thursday), the CDC and U.S. Department of State issued new global travel advisories due to the global impact of COVID-19. In response, UTEP is revising travel guidelines for all members of the University community.

University-sponsored international and domestic travel is suspended effective immediately, with the exception of travel to and from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Exceptions to this policy for faculty or staff conducting research-related or mission-critical functions will require approval from your supervising vice president. Student exceptions require approval by the Dean of Students.

Those wishing to travel internationally for personal reasons are highly encouraged to follow all CDC guidelines and understand that self-isolation will be required for 14 days after returning to the United States. All international travelers must report their travel to UTEP’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety using an online form or by calling 915-747-7124.

There are currently no reporting requirements for personal domestic travel, but we encourage you to follow guidelines from the CDC.


***Statement – NM Public Education Department orders all New Mexico schools closed thru April 6th (3/12/2020)

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) issued a statewide closure of schools effective March 16. Students will be allowed to return to school Monday, April 6, 2020. The closure, according to state officials, is another effort to contain community spread of Coronavirus.


***Statement – NM Relay for Life Cancelled (3/12/2020)

New Mexico announced the fifth presumptive positive COVID-19 case on March 12, 2020.  Our state has been declared state of emergency by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.  The Department of Health of New Mexico prohibits large public gatherings to protect people’s health and fight the potential spread of the virus.

Due to the outbreak, Otero County Prison Facility and New Mexico Correctional Department along with American Cancer Society have postponed Relay for Life Event until further notice. The health of the inmates and staff is our top priority.


***Statement –  NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships (3/12/2020)

Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.

This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.


***Statement – Ysleta ISD on out-of-town student and employee travel (3/12/2020)

The health and safety of students and staff is always the top priority at the Ysleta Independent School District. Although there have been no reported cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in El Paso County, Ysleta ISD has decided to cancel all out-of-town, non-essential district-related travel for students and employees – including out-of-town student field trips – until further notice. All other school-related activities, contests, performances, etc., within El Paso County will continue as normal.

We understand many of our families are experiencing heightened concerns regarding out-of-town travel for their children, and we want to reassure them that we are taking this special precaution to safeguard the health and safety of our students, employees, and community. Please be assured we will continue to work closely with city and county health officials to help minimize the spread of germs and illnesses in general.

To stay updated on YISD’s latest health news, parents should visit our “Health Alerts” web page on the district’s main website at www.yisd.net.


***Statement – Minor League Baseball – Impacting El Paso Chihuahuas, all affiliated minor league teams (3/12/2020)

In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date.

We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbgreak.


***Statement from El Paso Rhinos – as playoffs and Championship games cancelled. (3/12/2020)

The Western States Hockey League has announced that all scheduled games for the remainder of the 2019-20 season have been cancelled.  The Rhinos’ home playoff games scheduled for March 13-15 and March 20-22 will not be played, nor will they be rescheduled.

Thorne Cup Final games in Greeley, Colorado that were scheduled for the end of March will also be cancelled.

Our players and staff would like to thank Rhino Country for its unwavering support!


***Statement from El Paso Comic Con/El Paso Live regarding upcoming EPCON (3/12/2020)

The safety, security, and well-being of our guests and staff is our number one priority. We are working with the venue management to ensure the event is a safe environment for all involved. We have proactively implemented several preventative measures outlined in the El Paso Live COVID-19 statement

We will continue to consult with The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and take appropriate additional action as needed. The above measures will remain in effect until further notice and are subject to change at any time as we evaluate the situation and continue to consult with local health authorities as well as the WHO and US CDC.


***Statement from Major League Baseball (3/12/2020)

Following a call with the 30 Clubs, and after consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic.  This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans.

MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season.  Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days.  As of 4:00 p.m. (ET) today, forthcoming Spring Training games have been cancelled, and 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Arizona have been postponed indefinitely.

MLB and the Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule.  MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans.  MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts.  We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus.


***Statement from El Paso ISD, Socorro ISD travel for students and parents (3/12/2020)

The El Paso Independent School District is canceling all district-related travel for students and staff until further notice. While there are no confirmed cases in El Paso County of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the decision was made out of an abundance of caution.

Any student groups currently out of town will be brought back to El Paso as soon as possible. For more information about the District’s response to COVID-19, visit episd.org.

The Socorro Independent School District is taking precautionary measures regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  We continue to work with health officials to proactively help prevent the potential spread of the virus in our community.

Given the rapidly evolving situation, all out of town student and employee travel will be cancelled until further notice.


***Sports Leagues cancel or temporary suspend play affecting UTEP, NMSU and EP Locomotive (3/12/2020)

At 11am on Thursday, Conference USA and Western Athletic Conference officials added that all spring sports would be suspended until further notice.

Thursday morning, the two conferences that UTEP and NMSU play in – Conference USA (CUSA) and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Both CUSA and WAC announced the cancellation of the basketball championships.  A short time later, the USL Championship –  El Paso Locomotive soccer team’s league – announced the suspension of play for at least 30 days.

UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter released the following statement:

“This decision was made with the safety of our fans, student-athletes, coaches and staff as the utmost priority,” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.  “We will monitor the situation in the coming weeks in consultation with Conference USA Leadership, the University Administration and each respective varsity sport team and make modifications as needed.”
UTEP Athletics events slated for this weekend that are immediately impacted include the softball team hosting UAB for a three-game series and the tennis team hosting Chicago State on Monday.  These events will not take place as scheduled.
All UTEP teams scheduled to compete away from home this weekend will return to El Paso.

UTEP women’s basketball head coach Kevin Baker released the following statement:

“We are disappointed to have our season come to an end, but we support the decision of the conference office to cancel the remainder of the tournament. There are things that are bigger than basketball, and our number one concern is the health and well-being of everyone.”


***Statement from USL and El Paso Locomotive:

The health and safety of fans, players and staff is of the highest priority for the USL and El Paso Locomotive FC. The USL Championship today has made the decision to suspend matches for a minimum of 30 days – including the Locomotive FC Home Opener on March 14 and the match against LA Galaxy II on April 4 at Southwest University Park – as a precaution to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19.

The intent is for El Paso Locomotive FC, along with the rest of the league, to resume play. Additional updates and guidance will be provided on the continuation of the 2020 USL Championship season.


***Jon Barela, CEO of The Borderplex Alliance statement on COVID-19 and 30-Day Travel Ban (3/11/2020) 

Wednesday, Jon Barela, CEO of The Borderplex Alliance, released the following statement in reaction to the COVID-19 Pandemic and 30-day ban on Europeans traveling into the U.S.:
“Overcoming this unique challenge will require swift bipartisan action in Washington and historic international cooperation. I urge lawmakers, business leaders, and citizens to heed the warnings of health care professionals and make rational, fact-based decisions from the best science available. In our interdependent world, I expect the economic fallout from this virus to reach every part of the country, including the Borderplex region. Business sectors ranging from tourism to manufacturing can expect adverse consequences. The faster we all work together, the quicker we can contain this virus, save lives, and keep the economy moving.”


***MountainStar Sports – Owners of El Paso Chihuahuas & EP Locomotive F.C.


“The safety of our guests, employees and players is our utmost priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with multiple health and government agencies, as well as Major and Minor League Baseball, and the USL to collect the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

We will continue to carefully monitor the situation as time progresses and will closely follow any and all guidance received from state and local health authorities.

The Locomotive Home Opener is this Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. and the Chihuahuas Opening Day is Tuesday, April 14 at 7:05 p.m. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the recommendations and guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”


***City of El Paso Coronavirus COVID-19 News Conference (3/10/2020)

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