• September 25, 2020
 El Paso’s Flu-Related Death Toll Continues to Rise; Now Stands at 20

Flu virus | Graphic courtesy CDC

El Paso’s Flu-Related Death Toll Continues to Rise; Now Stands at 20

Late Thursday, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced that the number of flu-related deaths has reached 20 so far this season.

According to department officials, the most recent with the victim was a man in his 50’s, who had no underlying medical conditions.

A total of 12,166 cases have been reported this flu season, which is 3 times more activity as that seen at this time last season. While it appears the flu season has reached its peak, public health officials continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible.

The following chart shows the flu-related deaths recorded in El Paso so far this season.

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2.Male90’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
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4.Male80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
5.Male80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
6.Female80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
7.Female70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
8.Male80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
9.Male80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
10Male50’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
11.Female70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
12.Female70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
13.Male80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
14.Male60’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
15.Female50’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
16.Female40’sNo Underlying Medical Conditions
17.MaleUnder 5Underlying Medical Condition
18.Female60’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
19.Female50’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
*20.Male50’sNo Underlying Medical Conditions

They also encourage El Paso residents to be vaccinated and to practice the “4 C’s” which have proven to be effective in preventing the spread of the flu:

  1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  2. COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.

  1. CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you are well again, so you do not spread more germs.
  2. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

For more information on the programs and services provided by the Department of Public Health, call 2-1-1 or visit the website.

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