Friday afternoon, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported three (3) confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the community.
The three patients are a female in her 20s, a female in her 40s and a female in her 60s. The three women were unvaccinated. Two of the women reported experiencing mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization.
One of the women was admitted and released from the hospital. The patients were isolated and health officials did investigate and conduct contact tracing. All three patients are now past the infectious period and out of isolation.
“It should come as no surprise to our community that the Delta variant is now confirmed in our community. We knew it was only a matter of time, which is why it is important for members of our community to get vaccinated,” said City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza.
“The vaccine provides an important layer of protection to individuals who may become seriously ill if they get the virus. We are still not out of the woods, so we urge residents to continue to be vigilant, get the vaccine, use caution when traveling or in crowded situations by wearing a face cover, practicing good hygiene, and getting tested for COVID-19 if they are feeling ill, have traveled or believed to have been exposed.”
DPH officials share that the Delta variant is very contagious and has accounted for more than 80 percent of new cases in the United States.
The symptoms of the Delta variant appear to be the same as COVID-19; however, physicians are seeing people getting sicker quicker, especially younger individuals. Typically, vaccinated people are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, if they contract the Delta variant, and it is important to note that they can transmit the virus and infect other people.
Their symptoms are more like those of a common cold, such as cough, fever or headache, with the additional symptom of significant loss of smell. The public is strongly urged to get vaccinated if they have not yet done so.
COVID-19 VACCINE SITES
The El Paso Convention Center hours of operation are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
The City’s COVID-19 Clinics are open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Individuals 12 years of age and older can get vaccinated at all of the following locations, and no appointment is required:
- 220 S. Stanton (corner of First and Stanton)
- 9341 Alameda
- 7380 Remcon
- 9566 Railroad
The City also continues to offer COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Events. A complete list of all COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Events dates and times can be found below and at EPCovidVaccine.com.
Health officials remind the public to continue wearing face covers, wash your hands frequently and watch your distancing, regardless of whether you have or have not yet received the vaccine. Additional information about COVID-19, including COVID-19 testing can be found at EPStrong.org.