As of the press conference, El Paso has a total of 21 active cases of Coronavirus.
The City and County of El Paso held a press conference to provide an update on the COVID-19 -(Coronavirus) as well as share prevention measures with the public.
Jorge Rodriguez, of the City of El Paso, said that the City/County is collecting specimens via the drive-thru site. Those who are currently eligible for testing at this site are health care workings, first responders and those with a doctor’s order for testing.
Mr Rodriguez said that if you have questions concerning the COVID-19 virus, and issues affecting El Paso you can visit EPStrong.org or call the Hotline at 915-212-6843
El Paso Strong is a place of healing and support dedicated to serving as a resource for those impacted by the El Paso, Texas shooting.
Dr Hector Ocaranza, El Paso Health Authority, reminded us that the Stay Home, Work Safe order is in effect until further notice.
“It’s necessary to slow down and prevent slowdown transmission of the virus in our community.”
Both Dr Ocaranza and Mr Rodrigues advised us that that only essential businesses can be open. If you see a business in violation of the ordinance, you can call 311 or email COVIDCompliance@elpasotexas.gov
We must continue to show diligence is our actions and take these recommendations seriously.
Make no mistake. When loved ones are removed from your home by ambulance because the virus has hit them hard, you are not going to be able to follow them there, sit by their hospital bed and hold their hand. You are not going to be able to pop in at 7.00 pm for visiting hours. They are going to have no one other than exhausted and brave hospital staff to see them through days or weeks of barely breathing through a ventilator until they either die or recover. They are not going to be well enough to text you.
You are not going to be able to phone the ward to check in on them regularly (staff will be too busy for that). During that time, they will be completely alone, while you sit at home waiting to hear whether they have made it through.
Imagine that person is someone you love dearly because it’s going to be a reality for many in the coming weeks.
And if that person in the hospital happens to be you, going through that ordeal completely alone, it would be nothing less than terrifying.
Never in my life have I wanted so strongly to say that if anyone is not feeling even a little afraid right now, not only for themselves but for their loved ones and others in general, then they are a bloody fool.
Or . . .
If your child gets this virus, they’re going to the hospital alone. In a van with people, they don’t know. To a room, they don’t know. To be with people, they don’t know. You will be at home without them in their time of need.
Think about it.
Stay home, Stay safe
Yesterday, the City and County of El Paso issued the Stay Home, Work Safe ordinance requiring us to remain back unless it is necessary to leave.
El Paso’s shelter in place, Work Safe, Stay Home goes into effect today at 11:59 pm. Download the Stay Home, Work Safe order here. As we are all aware the number of active cases of Coronavirus, nationwide, is on the rise.
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is now reporting a total of 21 positive cases of COVID-19 for El Paso County. (Please see chart below.)
In order to simplify the number of cases reported, we are now compiling a list of known positive cases in El Paso County. The numbers do not include Fort Bliss cases nor cases for residents who live outside of El Paso County.
Social distancing continues to be a major concern even in the wake of public health orders for residents to Stay Home, Work Safe. Those who leave home should do so by themselves and avoid bringing children or seniors with them. As they make their way in the community they should also maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
Covering your cough, avoid touching your face, practicing regular handwashing, and cleaning common areas with disinfectant continue to be stressed. Local public health officials also want the public to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If these symptoms don’t improve they should call their doctor.
The public is reminded that COVID-19 is not an airborne disease like measles. It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
Preliminary information about COVID-19 shows that about 80 percent of cases are mild and most people do not need hospitalization. However, older adults and people with underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are at a greater risk of complications.
DPH officials continue to urge residents to follow prevention measures and stay up-to-date with the latest information by subscribing to both the City and DPH social media platforms, and to visit www.epstrong.org for updates.
The 2-1-1 Texas Call Center is available 24/7. Callers can dial 2-1-1 and select option six for more information. Additionally, the COVID-19 hotline will be operational from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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