SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – To begin, San Elizario has additional cases of COVID-19. We are now at sixteen (16) positive cases.

The last population county of San Elizario shows we have 9,144 citizens. With twelve positive cases means we have an infection rate of almost 1 person for every 571.5.

I cannot stress this enough, stay at home. If you must go out, wear a mask and observe social distancing. I’ll say that again, WEAR SOME SORT OF FACE COVERING AND WEAR A MASK. It’s not hard.

Also, remember, that all gatherings are prohibited. This means, if the people at you have over are not living in the house with you, don’t get together.

We need to get a handle on this as quickly as possible.

I’m also a little angered at the City of El Paso. On April 11th, 2020, San Eli News received word that a man in his 90’s passed away. The CDC began requesting more information right after he passed. Why did it take the City of El Paso fourteen days to report this death?

We grieve each death and pray for their families.

Today’s COVID-19 UPDATE:

16 Active Cases in San Elizario – we have new cases of COVID-19 in our city. Let’s be careful when we go out.

12 Deaths reported in El Paso County

780 total number of diagnosed cases

74 Newly diagnosed cases countywide

184 total number of recovered cases

584 total active cases in El Paso County

1,490 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab.  72 tests administered in the last twenty-four hours.

The City of El Paso Public Health Department is reporting two (2) additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 12. Both patients are males with underlying health conditions, one in his 70s and the other in his 90s.

El Paso is also reporting 74 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 780. Positive cases in El Paso County include 416 females and 364 males; see accompanying graphics and map. There are now 36 patients who are hospitalized, and 16 of those hospitalized are currently in ICU.

“We once again are saddened to report two new deaths due to COVID-19, and our hearts go out to the families of these two men. We are also extremely disappointed to report another large increase in the number of positive cases,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority. “The public must remember there is no vaccine for this disease; which is why we continue to stress that each person must take responsibility and follow the local directive. Everyone should strictly adhere to the directive by staying home and not go out unless it is for essential purposes. If you must go out wear a face covering and continue to wash your hands often with soap and water.”

Public health officials continue to remind residents that the Stay Home, Work Safe order remains in effect. Face coverings, such as bandanas, homemade cloth masks or scarves, should be worn of over the nose and mouth when out in public and must be washed daily. Individuals are 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. (See: What is Cross-Contamination?)

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). For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.

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