By Steven Zimmerman
SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – I am going to make a few people mad with this particular COVID-19 update. It cannot be helped. Sorry. As what I am writing is my opinion, and should not be taken as fact, I shall denote my opinion by posting it below, in italics.
Like everyone else, I want to see the great State of Texas and the United States of America reopen. I want to get back to work. I want to be able to start making money again so that I can pay my writers, photographers, and pay my bills. I want to be out there working.
All around the nation, we are seeing people protest the fact that the government, be it State or Federal, has them sheltering-in-place or locked-down in their homes. I’ve had emails and phone calls about how this is unconstitutional.
One question I’ve received, over and over, is why do I need to stay home, I’m an adult. Do I need to listen?
Yes, you do. The Texas Disaster Act of 1975 gave the State of Texas and local governments the authority to respond to emergencies. This Act includes responding to pandemics. When the Governor, or El Paso, declare a state of emergency, under the Texas Disaster Act they may create emergency management plans that control the movement of people.
GOVERNMENT CODE TITLE 4. EXECUTIVE BRANCH SUBTITLE B. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC PROTECTION CHAPTER 418. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS Sec. 418.001. SHORT TITLE. This chapter may be cited as the Texas Disaster Act of 1975. Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Sec.
Is the Stay Home, Work Safe order constitutional?
Most likely, yes. Under the law, there is no question that national, state and local governments can respond to emergencies and natural disasters. When the government’s actions during that state of emergency interfere with your constitutional rights, its activities could still be legal.
Just remember, even though the government’s power is not unlimited. You still have your constitutional rights under this order. The United States Supreme Court has said as much. You can, however, seek judicial review if you feel this is unconstitutional.
Until these orders have been challenged, stay home. Not so very long ago the same people screaming that this law was unconstitutional and illegal were the same ones that were screaming that everyone coming into the United States needed to follow the law. Right now, the Stay Home, Work Safe order is the law. Try practicing what your preach and follow the law.
Today’s COVID-19 UPDATE:
6 Active Cases in San Elizario – we have one new case of COVID-19 in our city. Let’s be careful when we go out.
8 Deaths reported in El Paso County
531 total number of diagnosed cases
67 total number of recovered cases
456 total active cases in El Paso County
1,191 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 61 tests administered in the last twenty-four hours.
We invite you to watch the folling Vox video on why COVID-19 is worse than the flu.
The City of El Paso Public Health Department is reporting 26 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 531, the number of deaths remains at eight (8).
Positive cases in El Paso County include 272 females and 259 males; see accompanying graphics and map. There are now 29 patients who are hospitalized, and eight (8) of those hospitalized are currently in ICU.
“The worst thing that we can do is become complacent and think that this pandemic is starting to slow down and become irrelevant,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority. “Apathy will just provide the virus the opportunity to spread like wild fire in our community. We all want this to be over but it is going to take some time and determination to make sure we keep this virus in check.”
In addition to abiding by the Stay Home, Work Safe Orders and avoiding any gatherings with anyone outside a person’s immediate household, public health officials continue to urge residents to use face coverings when out performing essential duties or tasks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises the use of simple cloth face coverings can slow the spread of the virus by helping people, who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. (See: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
It is also recommended that the face coverings be cleaned daily. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing their face covering and wash their hands immediately after removing the covering.
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 referral to services contact 2-1-1 and select option six (6). To report non-compliance call 3-1-1 or visit www.epstrong.org.
Up-to-date values for Rt – the number to watch to measure COVID spread