28 New COVID-19 Cases Diagnosed

EL PASO, Texas Briefly, there are 153 total diagnosed cases of COVID-19. 18 have recovered. This means there are only 135 known active cases

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in El Paso County has now reached 153. That is a 28 case jump from yesterday’s total number of cases. The spike in cases comes less than a month after the first positive case was identified on March 13, 2020.

Positive cases in El Paso County include 79 females and 74 males; see accompanying graphics and map. There are 27 patients who are hospitalized, and 10 of those hospitalized are currently in ICU.

“This rise in cases is to be expected because of increased testing, and community spread,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority. “The good news is that private businesses like grocery stores and other essential businesses are taking responsibility to tighten their policies and implementing social distancing as ordered. We need a community-wide effort to follow the new orders, observe social distancing and stay home.”

The latest orders come from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Today, the State directed all state parks to be closed to the public effective at the close of business today and until further notice. In El Paso, the new order will affect Hueco Tanks and the Franklin Mountain State Parks.

Residents are reminded that the Stay Home, Work Safe orders remain in effect and families who usually gather for the Easter weekend are advised that any gatherings at City and now State parks are strictly prohibited; as are house gatherings with others who do not live in the household. In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, all El Pasoans are asked to use social media and internet applications to visit with family and friends virtually.

In order to help determine the number of cases in our area, residents should note that the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If these symptoms don 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 referral, services contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.