El Paso health officials report 10th death; 58 new COVID-19 cases


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The City of El Paso Public Health Department reported a new COVID-19 death on Wednesday, for a total of 10 deaths in El Paso County.

Health officials said that the patient was a man in his 70s with underlying medical conditions.

Health officials also confirmed 58 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total number to 645.

Positive cases in El Paso County include 332 females and 313 males.

Thirty-five patients are hospitalized, and 18 of those hospitalized are currently in ICU.

“It is critically important that we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are still seeing double-digit in the number of positive cases and we have not reached our peak, which is why we keep insisting that people need to stay home and avoid leaving your home unless absolutely necessary,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority. “If you must leave your home for essential activities, then wear a cloth face covering. It is imperative to remember, cloth face coverings and gloves are not a replacement for proper social distancing, frequent handwashing, and self-isolation when sick.”

Health officials in Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death on Wednesday. Chihuahua state health officials said there are 236 positive cases and 40 deaths in the entire state, including 34 in Juarez alone. They also have 205 suspected cases.

The state of New Mexico reported 139 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with seven of them in Doñ Ana County, which neighbors El Paso to the north and West, the New Mexico governor’s office said. There have also been six new deaths, making it now 71 total in the state.

There are now a total of 2,210 cases in the state of New Mexico, with 121 in the hospital, including 33 on ventilators. There are now 82 cases in the Dona Ana area.

Public health officials continue to remind residents that the Stay Home order remains in effect and urges the community to use face coverings when outperforming essential duties or tasks.

Health officials also said those face coverings should be washed daily.

People are also reminded to be cautious to not touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash their hands immediately after removing the covering. If you wear gloves, make sure they are properly disposed of and worn appropriately.

The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If these symptoms appear and do not improve, the person should contact their healthcare provider or seek medical attention.

The 21-COVID hotline is operational from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For a referral to services contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information visit www.epstrong.org.

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