3 new cases of coronavirus in El Paso; 6 total


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in El Paso, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to six, health officials announced Thursday, three new coronavirus cases in the El Paso area on Thursday.

The fourth and fifth patients are two women closely associated with the man who became the second confirmed case of COVID-19, a man in his 40s who is hospitalized and whose travel history is unknown. One is a woman in her late 60s, the other in her late teens.

The sixth case involves a male in his 20s who recently traveled abroad.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said more than 60 tests have been conducted in the last week.

“Also, it should be noted that we have tested more than 60 individuals and only six have come back positive,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority, “this means that more than 90 percent of those with signs and symptoms and risks have tested negative.”

Margo also asked for Juarez to follow the same protocols as El Paso, as far as trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There will also be mobile test sites for first responders.

The new cases are the first ones to test positive since Monday when a teenager who recently traveled tested positive.

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