• September 27, 2020
 DPH Monday: 19,554 Total COVID-19 cases; Recoveries at 15,887 with 3,273 active cases; Four deaths reported, toll at 394

DPH Monday: 19,554 Total COVID-19 cases; Recoveries at 15,887 with 3,273 active cases; Four deaths reported, toll at 394

This story will be updated as new information arrives from area government offices, school districts, and other organizations regarding their Coronavirus (COVID-19) preparations and guidelines.

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***(8/24/2020)

Monday morning, DPH officials reported 145 new cases; however, staff also be reported 13 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health.

The results are from tests conducted during CDC Weeks 27, 28, 32, 33 and 34. The results were provided late yesterday and staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

Health officials advised that 15,887 individuals—81 percent—have recovered from COVID-19. There are only 3,273 active cases.

Officials also reported four (4) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 394.

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

· 1 male in his 50s
· 1 female in her 60s
· 1 male in his 80s
· 1 female in her 90s

***(8/23/2020)

On Sunday Morning, DPH officials reported 70 new cases; however, staff will also be reporting 10 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health.

The results are from tests conducted during CDC Weeks 27, 29, 30 and 31. The results were provided late yesterday and staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

Health officials advised that 15,734 individuals—81 percent—have recovered from COVID-19. There are only 3,272 active cases.

There are no deaths to report today. The current number of deaths remains at 390.

Additionally, there are 36 patients currently hospitalized, with 50 in ICU and 27 patients on ventilators.

***(8/22/2020)

Saturday, DPH officials reported four (4) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 390.

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

1 female in her 40s
1 female in her 70s
1 male in his 70s
1 female in her 80s

Health officials advised that 15,591 individuals — 81 percent — have recovered from COVID-19. There are only 3,335 active cases

Additionally, officials are reporting 115 new cases; however, staff will also be reporting 24 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health.

The results are from tests conducted during CDC Weeks 30-34. Staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

“Yesterday we provided the table below that helps visualize the data we have been sharing as it relates to the delayed testing results reported by the state. Please note, the table does not provide the 24 cases we are reporting today as the data came in late yesterday and so staff will work to retroactively place the data in the appropriate week. Also it does not include delayed testing for CDC Week 34 as the week has not yet come to a close. The table does provide the amended 7-day average positivity rate for the CDC week. We will work to provide you with this updated table as it becomes available.”

***(8/21/2020)

Friday morning, DPH officials reported four (4) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 386.

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

· 1 male in his 40s
· 1 male in his 70s without underlying conditions
· 1 male in his 80s
· 1 female in her 80s

Officials also reported 88 new cases along with 32 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health. The results are from tests conducted during CDC Weeks 29-34.

Staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

Health officials advised that 15,060 individuals have recovered. There are only 3,731 active cases.

Here is an updated breakdown of cases and positivity rates, as provided by the City of El Paso and the DPH

CDC WeekOriginal Total Pos. CasesDelayed

Number

Amended

Total Pos. Cases

Original Positivity RateAmended Positivity

Rate

Week 26
(June 21-27)
1126411308.55%8.58%
Week 27
(June 28-July 4)
159916417639.11%10.05%
Week 28
(July 5-11)
2297235253211.09%12.23%
Week 29
(July 12-18)
206317822419.55%10.38%
Week 30
(July 19-25)
166775174210.07%10.52%
Week 31
(July 26-Aug. 1)
147225117238.77%10.26%
Week 32
(Aug. 2-8)
1596142173810.95%11.93%
Week 33
(Aug. 9-15)
11455011958.01%8.37%

***(8/20/2020)

On Thursday, DPH officials reported ten (10) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 382.

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

1 male in his 20s
1 male in his 50s
1 male in his 60s
3 males in their 70s
2 females in their 80s
2 males in their 80s

DPH is reporting 109 new cases; however, staff will also be reporting 34 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health. The results are from tests conducted during CDC Weeks 27-34.

“The results were provided late today and staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly,” officials added.

Health officials advised that 14,475 individuals have recovered. There are only 4,200 active cases.

***(8/19/2020) Health Officials Ask for Cooperation Before, During and After COVID-19 Testing

Being tested for COVID-19 is just one of several important steps to helping reduce the spread of the virus.

The additional steps include quarantining oneself to reduce the spread of the virus and helping Department of Public Health (DPH) investigators begin the contact tracing process.

Case investigators are asking the community to aid public health staff in the investigations and contact tracing process by providing more than one contact number when getting tested to help ensure that investigators can reach the individual as soon as possible. The community is also asked to please expect a call from the DPH and answer their phone.

Individuals who test and receive notification of positive results from a laboratory are asked to immediately home isolate and contact public health at (915) 212-6520 if not contacted within 24 hours from obtaining results.

“With the continued increase in the number of cases we are investigating it is important for those who test positive to be proactive in helping us reach others who they may have been in contact with,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority. “If someone tests positive they need to isolate at home immediately and not wait for the public health orders to be officially given to them.”

Contact tracers are also reminding individuals who test positive to provide accurate information about individuals they have been in contact with, in order to help reduce the spread of the virus. Identifying contacts should include providing information on known individuals with whom they shared common space with within less than six feet of distance between them for more than 15 minutes. A full and complete account of contacts will help contact tracers inform those individuals of their possible exposure, in an anonymous manner.

Officials are also asking those who have recovered as well as those who have not yet been tested, to be diligent when practicing prevention measures.

This includes social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, washing hands frequently, and staying home if they are sick.

For a full list of ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or find more information about testing sites, please visit www.EPStrong.org.

***(8/19/2020) NMSU, NMDOH partner to provide free COVID-19 testing Aug. 25-27, Sept. 1-3

New Mexico State University is continuing efforts to ensure a safe return to campus with free testing for faculty, staff and students participating in on-campus, face-to-face classes or living in residence housing.

Over the next two weeks, NMSU’s Aggie Health and Wellness Center, in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Health, will be conducting COVID-19 testing from 8:30–10:30 a.m. Aug. 25–28 and Sept. 1–3.

“The testing is voluntary for those showing no symptoms of COVID-19 and is available by appointment only for those coming to campus for work or school or living in residence halls,” said Lori McKee, executive director of NMSU’s Aggie Health and Wellness Center. “There is no charge for the testing, but insurance information will be collected.”

To make an appointment for the upcoming testing windows, NMSU faculty, staff and students may call the health center at 575-646-1512 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. No calls are taken between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In the event a student tests positive for COVID-19, the university has systems and processes in place to take care of their medical, emotional and physical health, including telehealth visits with medical and counseling providers, meal delivery service, and essential service support from the Department of Housing and Residential Life. The Aggie Life teams on campus are working on collaborative approaches to meet the needs of a recovering student.

COVID-19 testing is among many steps NMSU is taking to create a safer and healthier environment for students, faculty and staff. Classroom spaces have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing, and anyone on campus, whether they are in common areas, classrooms and labs or outdoors, must wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet from others.

NMSU will also offer trainings to learn various ways students, faculty and staff can help keep themselves and others safer and healthier on campus. For more information about efforts to ensure a safe return to campus, click here.

***(8/19/2020)

Wednesday morning, DPH officials reported six (6) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 372.

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

1 female in her 60s
1 female in her 70s
1 female in her 80s
2 males in their 80s
1 female in her 90s

Officials reported 152 new cases; however, they also announced 80 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health. The results are from tests conducted during CDC Weeks 27, 28, 31, 32 and 33.

The results were provided late today and staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

Health officials advised that 13,948 individuals have recovered. There are only 4,594 active cases.

***(8/18/2020)

El Paso City/County Department of Health Officials announced Tuesday morning five (5) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 366.

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

  • 1 female in her 60s
  • 1 female in her 70s
  • 2 males in their 70s
  • 1 male in his 90s

We will be reporting 141 new cases; however, Health Officials will also be reporting 55 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health.

The results are from tests conducted during CDC Weeks 27, 28, 31, 32 and 33. The results were provided late yesterday and staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

Health officials advised that 13,770 individuals have recovered. There are 4,546 active cases.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

***(8/17/2020)

Monday, El Paso City/County Department of Health officials reported three (3) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 361.

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

  • 1 male in his 70s
  • 2 males in their 90s

Officials also reported 125 new cases; however, health officials will also be reporting 11 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health.

The results are from tests conducted over the last eight CDC weeks (weeks 26-33). The delayed results reported late yesterday and came through the state reporting system. Staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

With the additional data the cumulative total is 18,486 positive cases in our community. There are 13,593 recovered and 4,532 active cases.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

***(8/17/2020)COVID-19 Testing at County Locations and Walgreens Available

The Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) is conducting additional testing in the El Paso County’s rural communities and Walgreens will be offering no-cost COVID-19 testing (details below).

State Testing in Rural Communities

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 the additional testing.

No appointments are needed and all of the testing sites will administer nasal tests. Testing is free and available for anyone 5 years or older with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • August 17 and 25

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

  • August 18, 24 and 31

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

  • August 19 and 26

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

  • August 20 and 29

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

  • August 21 and 27

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

  • August 23 and 30

Montana Vista Fire Station #2; 5411 Paso View Drive, El Paso, TX

For assistance regarding rural test results email help@txcovidtest.org or call 1(833)213-0643. Test results will be provided via email within 2-3 days. Don’t forget to check Junk/Spam email folders.

Walgreens Testing

Walgreens is offering no-cost COVID-19 testing. Testing is available by appointment only and the details can be found online.

To receive an appointment for testing, individuals must first complete a screening survey online to determine eligibility. The test is a self-administered nasal swab test.

For more information about alternative testing locations click here or visit www.EPStrong.org

***(8/16/2020)

Sunday, El Paso City/County Department of Health officials reported one (1) death, a male in his 90s with underlying health conditions bringing the total of deaths to 358.

DPH also is reporting 57 new cases; however, according to the city they will also be reporting 214 additional cases which are part of the delayed local results issued by the State to the Department of Public Health.

The results are from tests conducted over the last eight CDC weeks (weeks 26-33). The delayed results reported late yesterday and came through the state reporting system. Staff are working to retroactively place the data in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

With the additional data the cumulative total is 18,350 positive cases in our community. There are 13,443 recovered and 4,549 active cases.

Asst. Fire Chief Jorge Rodriguez, Emergency Management Coordinator, provided the following statement:

“The Department of Public Health (DPH) reports out positive cases as we receive them from the state and/or various private labs independently. The majority of the results were from private labs and not from the HONU state sites. The DPH received these results late yesterday. As we did with the previous delayed results, the department is placing them into their proper CDC week to accurately represent our numbers for the El Paso community. This issue is not specific to the City of El Paso. This is a statewide issue as labs report their results to the state and the state reports those same results to the respective jurisdiction. The City of El Paso cannot report out on results it has not received and is not aware of; therefore, we report and adjust the data as we receive the results. We are working tirelessly with the state so they can hold labs accountable and improving state processes for timely reports to the DPH.”

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

***(8/15/2020)

Saturday morning, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported three (3) deaths and 91 new COVID-19 positive cases.

All, but one (1) of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • 1 male in his 60s (no underlying conditions)
  • 1 female in her 70s
  • 1 female in her 80s

The deaths did not occur on the same day, but rather between the first and second week of August.

Department of Public Health officials are also reporting an additional 356 delayed local results issued to the City which were conducted over the last seven CDC weeks. The results have been retroactively placed in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly.

The validated numbers are reflected in today’s data posted on www.EPStrong.org. The cumulative number of positive cases is 18,079, of which 13,296—about 74 percent—have recovered. There are currently 4,426 active cases in the community.

The City also recently added the number of deaths under investigation, which currently stands at 108 to the data found at www.EPStrong.org. Health officials advise the cause of these deaths are being investigated by the appropriate medical staff and medical examiner for accuracy; and reported out accordingly.

For more COVID-19 information to include data, testing and prevention, visit www.EPStrong.org.

CDC WeekExisting Positive CasesRetroactive ResultsTotal Positive Cases
Week 27

June 28 –July 4

1640401680
Week 28

July 5-11

24711742645
Week 29

July 12-18

21891262315
Week 30

July 19-25

167011671
Week 31

July 26-Aug. 1

169021692
Week 32

Aug. 2-8

170861714
Week 33

Aug. 9-15

109771104

***(8/15/2020)UTEP postpones Saturday football practice

Today’s UTEP football practice has been canceled since we have not received all of the results from the testing on Thursday. We will keep you informed on the future practice plans, but the Miners will not practice today.

***(8/14/2020)

Friday morning, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting 24 deaths and 254 new COVID-19 positive cases.

The deaths did not occur on the same day, but rather between the first week of July and second week of August.

All, but two (2) patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • 3 males in their 50s
  • 3 males in their 60s
  • 1 female in her 60s
  • 3 males in their 70s
  • 1 female in her 70s
  • 4 males in their 80s
  • 1 male in his 80s (no underlying conditions)
  • 2 females in their 80s
  • 3 males in their 90s
  • 1 male in his 90s (no underlying conditions)
  • 2 females in their 90s

“We continue to be heartbroken by the loss of loved ones in our community, and there are no words to express the sorrow we feel for each of the families,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “The continued presence of COVID-19 must motivate all of us to strictly adhere to our persistent echo that urges everyone to limit your interactions, practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water, and wear a face covering. There is no vaccine for this disease at this time; which is why each of us must take these extra preventative steps to protect yourself and others.”

The cumulative number of positive cases is 17,632, of which 13,105—more than 74 percent—have recovered. There are currently 4,173 active cases in the community.

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 who have tested positive for COVID-19, to remain isolated at home and for all in the same household to remain in quarantine in an effort to slow down the spread of the disease and protect our vulnerable loved ones.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

***(8/13/2020)

Thursday morning, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported twenty (20) deaths and 168 new COVID-19 positive cases.

All the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • 1 female in her 40s
  • 2 males in their 40s
  • 1 male in his 50s
  • 2 females in their 60s
  • 1 male in his 60s
  • 3 females in their 70s
  • 2 males in their 70s
  • 2 females in their 80s
  • 4 females in their 90s
  • 2 males in their 90s

The deaths did not occur on the same day, but rather between the third week of July and first week of August.

“We are saddened by the ongoing loss of lives due to this pandemic and we send our deepest condolences to all the grieving families,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “The current trend we are seeing is not a positive one, but we need the community to do their part. Everyone must understand that public health orders and guidelines alone won’t reduce the spread of this virus. The community must help. The four fundamental preventive activities people can do, proven to mitigate the spread of this virus, is avoid social gatherings and large crowds, social distancing, proper hygiene and wearing a face covering.”

The cumulative number of positive cases now stands at 17,378, of which 12,882 have recovered. There are currently 4,166 active cases in the community.

The community is reminded that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Additionally, it is estimated that one in five people who test positive are asymptomatic, meaning these COVID-19 positive individuals showed no symptoms and, if they did not follow preventive measures, they may have infected their loved ones and others around them.

Health officials urge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, to remain isolated at home and for all in the same household to remain in quarantine; stating that is the only way we, together will be able to slow down the spread of the disease and protect our vulnerable loved ones.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

***(8/12/2020)

Wednesday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 274 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 17,210.

Health officials report 12,551 patients have recovered and there are currently 4,349 active cases. Officials reported three (3) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 310.

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

1 male in his 40s
1 male in his 60s
1 male in his 80s

Also, officials shared that there are 185 patients currently hospitalized, with 67 in ICU and 40 on ventilators.

For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here and for more COVID-19 information to include data and prevention visit www.EPStrong.org.

***(8/11/2020)

Tuesday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 215 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 16,936.

Health officials report 12,388 patients have recovered and there are currently 4,241 active cases.

Officials reported seven (7) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 307.

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

1 male in his 40s
2 males in their 60s
2 males in their 70s
1 male in his 80s
1 female in her 90s

As a reminder the deaths did not occur on the same day, but rather between the last week of July and first week of August

Also, officials shared that there are 208 patients currently hospitalized, with 75 in ICU and 35 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.

***(8/10/2020)

On Monday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 68 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 16,396.

Health officials report 12,717 patients have recovered and there are currently 4,349 active cases.

Officials reported seven (7) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 300.

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

1 female in her 60s
1 male in his 70s
1 female in her 70s
1 female in her 80s
3 females in their 90s

Also, officials shared that there are 198 patients currently hospitalized, with 73 in ICU and 41 on ventilators.

For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here and for more COVID-19 information to include data and prevention visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(8/9/2020)

Sunday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 268 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 16,308.

Health officials report 11,946 patients have recovered and there are currently 4,069 active cases.

Officials reported two (2) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 293.

Both patients had underlying health conditions. They include:
· 1 male in his 60s
· 1 male in his 70s

Also, officials shared that there are 211 patients currently hospitalized, with 72 in ICU and 40 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.

***(8/8/2020)

Saturday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 132 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 16,040.

Health officials report 11,842 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,907 active cases.

Officials reported five (5) death, bringing that total to 291. The five patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 3 males in their 70s
· 2 males in their 90s

Also, officials shared that there are 232 patients currently hospitalized, with 78 in ICU and 38 on ventilators.

For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here and for more COVID-19 information to include data and prevention visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(8/7/2020)

Friday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 312 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 15,908.

Health officials report 11,669 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,953 active cases.

Officials also reported one (1) death, bringing that total to 286. The patient, a man in his 80’s, had underlying health conditions.

Also, officials shared that there are 234 patients currently hospitalized, with 85 in ICU and 33 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.

***(8/6/2020)

Thursday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 169 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 15,596.

Health officials report 11,566 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,745 active cases.

Officials also reported five (5) deaths, bringing the total to 285.

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

3 males in their 70s
1 male in his 80s
1 female in her 80s

Also, officials shared that there are 248 patients currently hospitalized, with 89 in ICU and 35 on ventilators.

For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here and for more COVID-19 information to include data and prevention visit www.EPStrong.org.

***(8/5/2020)

On Wednesday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 285 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 15,427.

Health officials report 11,407 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,740 active cases.

Officials reported two (2) deaths, bringing the total to 280. Both patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

1 female in her 40s
1 male in his 90s

Also, officials shared that there are 250 patients currently hospitalized, with 85 in ICU and 31 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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***(8/4/2020)

Tuesday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 228 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 15,142.

Health officials report 11,243 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,612 active cases.

Officials also reported two (2) deaths, bringing the total to 278. Both patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

1 male in his 60s
1 male in his 70s

There are 288 patients currently hospitalized, with 96 in ICU and 42 on ventilators.

***(8/3/2020)

On Monday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 202 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 14,914.

Health officials report 11,128 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,510 active cases.

Officials also reported three (3) deaths, bringing the total to 276. All of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 1 female in her 60s
· 1 male in his 70s
· 1 female in her 80s

There are 290 patients currently hospitalized, with 103 in ICU and 52 on ventilators.

For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here and for more COVID-19 information to include data and prevention visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(8/2/2020)

Sunday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 302 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 14,712.

Health officials report 11,037 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,402 active cases.

DPH officials also reported four (4) deaths, bringing the total to 273. All of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 1 female in her 50s
· 1 female in her 60s
· 1 female in her 70s
· 1 male in his 90s

There are 278 patients currently hospitalized, with 104 in ICU and 53 on ventilators.

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***(8/1/2020)

On Saturday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 134 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 14,410.

Health officials report 10,910 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,231 active cases.

DPH officials also reported three (3) deaths, bringing the total to 269. All of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 1 male in his 50s
· 1 male in his 80s
· 1 female in her 90s

There are 274 patients currently hospitalized, with 105 in ICU and 53 on ventilators.

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***(7/31/2020)

Friday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 337 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 14,276.

Health officials report 10,699 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,311 active cases.

DPH officials also reported seven (7) deaths, bringing the total to 266. They include:

· 2 males in their 70s
· 2 females in their 80s
· 2 females in her 90s
· 1 male in his 70s, without underlying health conditions

There are 264 patients currently hospitalized, with 100 in ICU and 54 on ventilators.

For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here and for more COVID-19 information to include data and prevention visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(7/30/2020)

Thursday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 132 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 13,939.

Health officials report 10,476 patients have recovered and there are currently 3,204 active cases.  DPH officials also reported seven (7) deaths, bringing the total to 259.

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

· 1 male in his 50s
· 1 female in her 60s, without underlying health conditions
· 1 male in his 70s
· 2 males in their 80s
· 1 female in her 80s
· 1 male in his 90s

There are 279 patients currently hospitalized, with 104 in ICU and 50 on ventilators.

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***(7/29/2020)

Wednesday the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reported thirteen (13) deaths and 255 new COVID-19 positive cases.

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

  • 1 female in her 40s
  • 1 male in his 50s
  • 1 male in his 50s, without underlying conditions
  • 2 males in their 60s
  • 2 females in their 60s
  • 1 male in his 70s
  • 1 female in her 70s
  • 2 males in their 80s
  • 1 female in her 80s
  • 1 female in her 90s

“We are grief-stricken to report the passing of 13 members of our community, and we must never forget that these deaths are not just numbers. Each of these individuals are someone’s loved ones. We grieve with them for their loss,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority. “The steady spike in positive cases and deaths is a trend we do not want to see, but unfortunately people will continue to succumb to the complications of this virus unless we strictly adhere to our unending refrain: wear face coverings, practice social distancing, avoid social gatherings, wash your hands often and if you don’t need to go out, stay home.”

Health officials noted that the thirteen deaths did not occur on the same day, but over a period of about two months. The cumulative number of positive cases now stands at 13,807.

Health officials report 10,280 patients have recovered—or 74 percent of the cases—and so there are currently 3,275 active cases.

It is estimated that about 20 percent of the total positive cases are asymptomatic, meaning the COVID-19 positive individuals showed no symptoms and, if they did not follow preventive measures, they may have infected those around them.

Health officials urge residents to take advantage of the many testing sites available 7 days a week throughout the city. They also urge that those who have tested positive for COVID-19, remain isolated at home and for all in the same household to remain in quarantine; stating that is the only way we, together will be able to slow down the spread of the disease and protect our vulnerable loved ones.

For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here and for more COVID-19 information to include data and prevention visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(7/28/2020)

Tuesday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 225 new COVID-19 positive cases for a total of 13,552.

Also announced were nine (9) deaths, for a total of 239. All patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 1 female in her 50s
· 2 females in their 60s
· 1 female in her 70s
· 2 males in their 70s
· 3 males in their 80s

The number of patients who have recovered is at 9,942 with 3,371 active cases.

There are 283 patients currently hospitalized, with 114 in ICU and 52 on ventilators.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/27/2020)

The City of El Paso issued the Fourth Amendment to the Fourth Local Emergency Directive related to COVID-19 in our community.

The Fourth Amendment shall take effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 27, 2020, to include the following amendment:

City Facilities:

  • All City parks are open to the public to include playgrounds and fitness equipment.

Local Health Authority Orders:

The Directive continues to integrate the Local Health Authority’s Orders, which can be found online at www.epstrong.org.

Failure to abide by the Directive is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. Face covering violations are subject to a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator, and a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine of up to $250.

Among the Local Health Authority’s Orders are the following:

Release from Home Self-Isolation:

All individuals with symptoms or not, must remain home in self-isolation for at least 10 days from the initial onset of symptoms or date of positive COVID-19 test. Individuals may only be released from home self-isolation in the following circumstances:

  • Symptomatic Patients with lab confirmed COVID-19 may discontinue home isolation under the following conditions:

o   At least 10 days have passed from initial onset of symptoms, AND

o   Patients have been at least 24 hours without fever without using any fever reducing medications, AND

o   Improvement of symptoms occurs (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, etc.).

  • Asymptomatic Patients with lab confirmed COVID-19:

o   At least 10 days from laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, AND

o   No symptoms.

  • Symptomatic household members of a COVID-19 lab confirmed patient:

Symptomatic patients (not tested) in a household with a COVID-19 confirmed member should be considered infected and may be released from isolation when all the criteria have been met:

o   Isolate for at least 10 days from initial onset of symptoms, AND

o   No fever for at least 24 hours without using any fever reducing medications, AND

o   Improvement of symptoms occurs.

  • Immunocompromised patients who have lab confirmed COVID-19:

Symptomatic patients who have a weakened immune system due to medications, disease, etc. may discontinue isolations as follows:

o   Isolate for at least 20 days, AND

o   No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, AND

o   Improvement of symptoms, AND

o   Repeat testing may be performed if recommended by Infection Disease Specialist.

Workplaces:

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities:

  • All nursing homes and assisted living facilities shall adhere to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Opening-Up America Guidance.
  • All nursing homes and assisted living facilities shall conduct full decontamination of a facility after a cluster (two (2) COVID-19 positive persons or more) has been identified. A facility may submit a request for decontamination support to the Emergency Operations Center for consideration.
  • All nursing homes and assisted living facilities shall conduct baseline COVID-19 testing on all residents and staff.

o   If the test results for all residents and staff are negative, facilities shall perform monthly testing for a period of three (3) months.

o   If at any point a facility identifies a positive case, weekly testing shall be performed.

Order for Testing Staff at Facilities that Provide Care for the Elderly:

(Excludes nursing homes and assisted living facilities)

  • Facilities that provide care for the elderly (excluding nursing homes and assisted living facilities) shall perform testing on all of their employees, in the manner described below, to identify any staff who may be positive for COVID-19.

o   Testing shall be performed every other week on all staff who have never tested positive for COVID-19.

o   Testing shall be performed every other week until all staff members test negative.

o   If, or once all, staff tests negative, then testing should be performed monthly for a period of three (3) months.

o   A determination regarding the continuation of staff testing shall be made by the Local Health Authority after the third month of testing and after consideration of the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the County of El Paso.

o   Facilities are required to keep a record of their testing data, which must be provided to the Local Health Authority to determine the need for continued testing.

Homeless Service Providers:

  • Facilities that provide homeless services shall implement adequate safety measures and must adhere to the  Health Authority Orders for Homeless Service Providers which is found at http://epstrong.org/health-orders.php

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/27/2020)

The State of Texas contractor HONU is extending testing through August 8, and offering testing 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning today.

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 the extension.

The State Hybrid Drive/Walk-up Site and Mega Sites are available for patients on foot or in a vehicle during the following dates and locations:

July 27-August 8:

  • Nations Tobin Recreation Center; 8831 Railroad Dr., El Paso, TX

o   Testing capacity: 500 per day

  • El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Dr., El Paso, TX
  • SISD Student Activities Complex, 1300 Joe Battle Blvd., El Paso, TX

o  Testing capacity: 1,000 per day/per site

No appointments are necessary and tests are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wait times have improved at each location and sufficient resources are on hand to continue testing throughout the day.  However, once the daily capacity is met at each location, the site will be closed for the day to additional testing.

All of the testing sites will administer nasal tests. Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms.

Test results from State sites will be provided via email within 2-3 days, and the public is reminded to check their junk/spam email folders for the emailed test results.  For assistance regarding your results, email Covid19Help@honumg.com or call the help line at 1-844-778-2455.

For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here or visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(7/27/2020)

Monday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 87 new COVID-19 positive cases for a total of 13,327.

The number of patients who have recovered is at 9,671 with 3,426 active cases.  Also announced were six (6) deaths, for a total of 230.

Health officials say all patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 2 males in their 60s
· 2 males in their 70s
· 1 female in her 80s
· 1 male in his 90s

There are 289 patients currently hospitalized, with 108 in ICU and 49 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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***(7/26/2020)

Sunday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported three (3) additional deaths and 269 new COVID-19 positive cases.

All patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 1 female in her 80s
· 1 male in his 80s
· 1 female in her 90s

Overall, 269 new COVID-19 cases were reported bringing our total to 13,240.

The number of patients who have recovered is at 9,476 with 3,540 active cases.

There are 310 patients currently hospitalized, with 108 in ICU and 44 on ventilators

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/25/2020)

Saturday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported three (3) additional deaths and 221 new COVID-19 positive cases.

All patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 1 female in her teens
· 1 male in his 60s
· 1 female in her 70s

The overall death toll now stands at 221. The cumulative number of positive cases is now at 12,971, of which 9,348 have recovered.

There are currently 3,402 active cases.

There are 310 patients currently hospitalized, with 97 in ICU and 49 on ventilators.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/24/2020) State COVID-19 Testing Available at City and County Locations

The State of Texas contractor HONU and the Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) is offering multiple options for COVID testing within the City of El Paso and various rural communities.

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 State Hybrid Drive/Walk-up Site (HONU) is available for those on foot or in a vehicle during the following dates, times and locations:

  • July 24-25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nations Tobin Recreation Center; 8831 Railroad Dr., El Paso, TX

  • July 27-31 from 9 am. To 4 p.m.

Nations Tobin Recreation Center; 8831 Railroad Dr., El Paso, TX

State Testing Mega Sites (HONU) within the City of El Paso are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • July 20 to July 31

El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus; 919 Hunter Dr., El Paso, TX

  • July 20 to July 31

SISD Student Activities Complex, 1300 Joe Battle Blvd., El Paso, TX

No appointments are needed at these three State testing sites and all of the testing sites will administer nasal tests. Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms.  The mega sites have a daily capacity of 1,000 and will operate until 4 p.m. each day.

For additional assistance regarding for the HONU results, email Covid19Help@honumg.com or call the help line at 844-778-2455.

The Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) is conducting testing in the El Paso County’s rural communities. Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, July 25

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

  • Sunday, July 26

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

  • Monday, July 27

Montana Vista Fire Station #2; 5411 Paso View Drive, El Paso, TX

  • Tuesday, July 28

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

  • Thursday, July 30

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

  • Friday, July 31

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

  • Saturday, August 1

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

  • Thursday, August 6

Montana Vista Fire Station #2; 5411 Paso View Drive, El Paso, TX

  • Friday, August 7

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

  • Saturday, August 8

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

Test results from State sites will be provided via email within 2-3 days, and the public is reminded to check their junk/spam email folders for the emailed test results.  If they do not have an email, they will receive a phone call.

For additional assistance regarding for the TMD-MTT results, email help@txcovidtest.org or call the help line at 1-833-213-0643.  For more information about alternative testing locations click here or visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(7/24/2020)

Friday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported seven (7) additional deaths and 249 new COVID-19 positive cases.

All patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 1 male in his 40s
· 1 female in her 50s
· 1 female in her 70s
· 3 males in their 80s
· 1 male in his 90s

The overall death toll now stands at 218. The cumulative number of positive cases is now at 12,750, of which 9,114 have recovered.

There are currently 3,418 active cases.

As of Friday, there are 317 patients currently hospitalized, with 105 in ICU and 48 on ventilators

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.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/23/2020) Community Spread Leads to Spike in Cases and Deaths

Today the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting fifteen (15) deaths and 204 new COVID-19 positive cases.

All the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • 1 male in his 50s
  • 1 female in her 50s
  • 3 females in their 60s
  • 1 male in his 60s
  • 4 males in their 70s
  • 2 males in their 80s
  • 1 female in her 80s
  • 2 males in their 90s

Health officials noted that the fifteen deaths did not occur on the same day, but rather between the first and third week of July.

The cumulative number of positive cases now stands at 12,501, of which 8,726 have recovered. There are currently 3,564 active cases.

“We are saddened by the loss of lives due to this pandemic,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “The current trend we are seeing is not a positive one as the hospitalizations continue to be on the rise and unfortunately people will continue to succumb to the complications of this disease that has been attacking our most vulnerable members of our community. Three main things that have proven to mitigate the spread of this virus is wearing face coverings, social distancing and proper hygiene. People should be taking this pandemic seriously and following our recommendations and orders.”

The community is reminded that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Additionally, it is estimated that about 20 percent of the total positive cases are asymptomatic, meaning the COVID-19 positive individuals showed no symptoms and, if they did not follow preventive measures, they may have infected those around them.

Health officials urge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, to remain isolated at home and for all in the same household to remain in quarantine; stating that is the only way we, together will be able to slow down the spread of the disease and protect our vulnerable loved ones.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/22/2020)

Wednesday the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting nine (9) deaths and 256 new COVID-19 positive cases.

Health officials noted that the nine deaths did not occur on the same day, but rather between the first and third week of July. The cumulative number of positive cases now stands at 12,297, of which 8,242 have recovered, or 67 percent.

There are currently 3,859 active cases.

All the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • 2 males in their 50s
  • 1 male in his 60s
  • 3 males in their 70s
  • 1 male in his 80s
  • 2 males in their 90s

“We continue to be saddened by the ongoing loss of lives, and send our deepest condolences to the family members of these nine men,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “The continued cases and loss of lives should concern everyone and push all of us to strictly adhere to the unending refrain to limit your interactions, wear a face covering, practice social distancing and wash your hands often with soap and water. We continue to repeat this over and over again because there is no vaccine for this disease at this time; which is why we need for each person to take these extra preventative steps to protect yourself and others.”

Health officials urge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, to remain isolated at home and for all in the same household to remain in quarantine; stating that is the only way we, together will be able to slow down the spread of the disease and protect our vulnerable loved ones.

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.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/21/2020)

Tuesday morning, Department of Public Health officials announced 272 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region’s total to 12,041.

Additionally, officials reported three (3) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 187.

All patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • 1 male in his 30s
  • 1 male in his 60s
  • 1 male in his 70s

DPH estimates a total of 130,314 tests have been performed; of that total, DPH offcials say they’ve tested 9432 patients, resulting in 8030 negative tests.

There are 306 patients currently hospitalized, with 110 in ICU and 46 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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***(7/21/2020) Canutillo ISD continues to support families with food distribution event

With the continuing struggles communities are experiencing through this pandemic, the Canutillo Independent School District persists in supporting families in need.

Canutillo ISD Student Support Services will be hosting, running, and serving a food distribution event. The district is partnering with Segovia’s Distribution and a community parish, St. Patrick’s Church, to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to the community.

The food distribution will take place at Canutillo Middle School on Thursday, July 23, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. to the time the last box is given away.

Families will pick up the 25-pound box of fresh fruits and vegetables behind the campus, entering the gate nearest Gallegos Park (7361 Bosque Rd. Canutillo, TX 79834)  There will be signs to help direct the families. An I.D. is required.

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***(7/20/2020)

Monday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 196 new COVID-19 positive cases bringing the total number of cases to 11,769.

Additionally, officials are reporting five (5) deaths, bringing the total of deaths to 184. All patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • 1 male in his 60s
  • 4 males in their 80s

DPH estimates a total of 128,734 tests have been performed; of that total, DPH offcials say they’ve tested 9374 patients, resulting in 7987 negative tests.

There are 290 patients currently hospitalized, with 110 in ICU and 42 on ventilators.

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.

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/19/2020)

Sunday the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting 441 new COVID-19 positive cases bringing the total number of cases to 11,573. No new deaths are reported today.

Health officials advised they are investigating the latest increase, and initial reports indicate the majority is due to ongoing community spread.

Additionally, 46 percent of the newest cases are made-up of residents in their 20s and 30s. Residents in their teens and younger made up 15 percent of the new cases and those in their 60s and older made up only 14.4 percent of the latest cases.

“Based on the data that we have seen so far we continue to see COVID-19 cases spike in our younger demographics. And so we must continue to stress to everyone, especially our younger family members, to not let our guard down,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “We need to understand the risks of not practicing the safety precautions outlined in the directives, but most of all, we must limit our interactions, primarily those in their 20s and 30s. If you must go out in public practice social distancing, wear a face cover as mandated by the state, frequently wash your hands, and if you’re feeling sick get tested and stay home.”

Yesterday the City reported a cumulative testing total of 128,206. The City’s death rate is currently 1.5 percent and the recovery rate is 64 percent. The cumulative positivity rate is currently 9.03 percent and the rolling 7-day average positivity rate is 11.78 percent.

Health officials emphasize that the rates will only improve if the whole community strictly adheres to the health and safety directives and minimize social interactions.

Officials make a strong call to all of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, to remain isolated at home and for all in the same household to remain in quarantine; stating that is the only way we, together will be able to slow down the spread of the disease and protect our vulnerable loved ones.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/18/2020)  State Testing Sites Re-Locating to Larger Mega Drive-Thru Locations

In order to accommodate the high demand, increase efficiencies and improve wait times, the State of Texas testing sites will be consolidating four (4) of the five testing sites on Monday, July 20 and reopening two (2) larger mega drive-thru locations.

A state contractor, named Honu, is currently managing the State sites. In coordination with the Office of Emergency Management and Texas Department of Emergency Management, El Paso Community College and Socorro Independent School District will be providing support by providing the two larger sites.

The transition to the two new locations will allow for multiple lanes to increase daily capacity and accommodate for the high demand for COVID-19 testing. The new sites will allow for specimen capacity of up to 1,000 tests per site, per day.

The testing site at Nation Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad Dr., which is operational Monday through Saturday and is able to accommodate multiple lanes, will remain at the existing site.

To help facilitate the transition to the new locations, the following testing sites will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, July 19:

  • Marty Robbins Recreation Center; 11620 Vista Del Sol
  • Memorial Swimming Pool; 3251 Copper
  • Pavo Real Recreation Center; 9301 Alameda
  • Haskins Recreation Center; 7400 High Ridge

The new locations will open Monday, July 20, and no appointments will be required to get tested. The re-located State testing sites are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 20 to July 31 at the following locations:

  • El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Dr., El Paso, TX
  • SISD Student Activities Complex, 1300 Joe Battle Blvd., El Paso, TX

While no appointments are needed, the public is encouraged to arrive early as tests are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the daily capacity is met at each location, the site will be closed for the day to additional testing.

All of the testing sites will administer nasal tests. Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms.

Test results from State sites will be provided via email within 2-3 days, and the public is reminded to check their junk/spam email folders for the emailed test results.

For additional assistance regarding results, email help@txcovidtest.org or call the help line at 1-833-213-0643. For more information about the various alternative  testing sites throughout the community click here or visit www.EPStrong.org.

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***(7/18/2020)

Saturday morning, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported two (2) deaths and 289 new COVID-19 positive cases, for a total of 11,132

Both patients had underlying health conditions, a male in his 40s and a male in his 50s.

DPH estimates a total of 127,100 tests have been performed; of that total, DPH offcials say they’ve tested 9228 patients, resulting in 7866 negative tests.

There are 292 patients currently hospitalized, with 109 in ICU and 38 on ventilators.

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.

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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***(7/17/2020)

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting four (4) deaths and 205 new COVID-19 positive cases, for a total of 10,843

Regarding the deaths, all except one of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

· 1 female in her 70s

· 2 males in their 90s

· 1 male in his 90s, with no underlying health conditions

DPH estimates a total of 124,600 tests have been performed; of that total, DPH offcials say they’ve tested 9105 patients, resulting in 7769 negative tests.

There are 268 patients currently hospitalized, with 102 in ICU and 40 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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***(7/16/2020) Spike in Deaths, Health Officials Urge Community to Practice Safety Precautions

Today the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting fourteen (14) deaths and 340 new COVID-19 positive cases.

All the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:

  • 2  females in their 70s
  • 1 male in his 70s
  • 1 female in her 80s
  • 4 males in their 80s
  • 4 females in their 90s
  • 2 males in their 90s

Health officials advised they are continuing to investigate the latest increases, and initial reports indicate the majority is due to community spread, meaning the source of infection is unknown.

The cumulative number of positive cases now stands at 10,638, of which 6,757—or 63.5 percent—have recovered. There are currently 3,708 active cases.

“We continue to be saddened by the ongoing loss of lives, and send our deepest condolences to the family members of these fourteen individuals,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “We are also very concerned by the spike in new cases and the number of people requiring hospitalization seen over the last several days. We continue to remind everyone that the best tool we have to slow down the spread of this virus is prevention.”

The City’s epidemiology team, including contact tracing, are conducting ongoing investigations in an effort to slow the spread from those currently and potentially infected, and to inform the public about other public health prevention measures implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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 resident’s should stay home.

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.

For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

***(7/16/2020) NOTE FOR THE RECORD

 A previous release from the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank has been recalled, as they are continuing to modify their distribution process, the incorrect information that was sent out has been deleted.

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