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DPH Wednesday: 17,210 Total COVID-19 cases; Recoveries at 12,551 with 4,349 active cases; Three additional deaths reported, total at 310

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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***(8/12/2020)

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.

***

***(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.

***

***(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.

***

***(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.

***

***(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.

***

***(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.

***

***(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.

***

***(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.

***

***(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.

***

***(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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