By Steven Zimmerman

SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – On May 1, 2020, the City of San Elizario received the following graphic showing that we only have fourteen (14) active cases of COVID-19 as of at least that date:

We apologize for not having that information earlier.

We continue to call the City of El Paso out, requesting that they provide recovery numbers for San Elizario and outlying municipalities on a regular basis. They have yet to respond to any of our media requests.

Why am I contacting the City of El Paso? The City of San Elizario has an interlocal agreement with the City of El Paso. That means, when it comes to matters of public health, the City of El Paso’s Public Health Department provides those services.

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COVID-19 Numbers for 4 May 2020

14 Active Cases in San Elizario – as of 1 May 2020

22 Deaths reported in El Paso County

1029 Total Number of Diagnosed Cases

602 Currently Under Monitoring

31 Newly diagnosed cases countywide

486 total number of recovered cases

512 total active cases in El Paso County

1,879 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 32 tests administered/reported in the last twenty-four hours.

COVID-19 Testing Coming to San Elizario on May 13th

On May 13th you will be able to get tested at the San Elizario Fire Station located at 1415 San Antonio Road. Testing will be conducted between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To be tested you must register at least twenty-four hours prior to testing. You may register by calling 512-883-2400, or by visiting

Symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

If you develop any of these for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

From the City of El Paso:

The City of El Paso Public Health Department is reporting 31 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s cumulative number to 1,029, the number of deaths remains at 22.

To-date 486 people have recovered from COVID-19; consequently, there are 521 active cases within the county. Positive cases in El Paso County include 540 females and 489 males; see accompanying graphics and map. There are 65 patients who are hospitalized, and 38 of those hospitalized are currently in ICU. Health staff reported a clerical error in the hospitalization numbers reported yesterday which should have been 59 hospitalized, 38 in ICU and 18 on ventilators.

Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority, reminds the public to continue following the City and County’s Local Directives, which include wearing face coverings and avoiding social gatherings, especially as we approach Mother’s Day weekend.

“Residents need to understand that social gathering are not allowed,” Ocaranza said. “Going shopping or out to eat with anyone that does not live with you such as your extended family or friends is not allowed. If you must go to the store, then please go alone and keep it to a minimum and try to avoid being out of your home. Take responsibility for yourself in order to keep our community safe.”

The public is reminded again that face coverings are locally mandated, but they are not required on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or exercising outdoors and not within 6 feet of any other individual not from the same household. Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-feet social distancing and hand washing, as these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus.

It is recommended that 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 before and after removing the covering.

Residents are encouraged to report non-compliance by calling the police department non-emergency at (915) 832-4400. Anyone with questions about the local directive can call 3-1-1.

Health questions about COVID-19 can be made by calling the 21-COVID hotline which 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