Recoveries Rise. Newly Diagnosed Cases Lower.

By Steven Zimmerman

SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – Let’s start with a bit of good news: no new cases reported for San Elizario. Also, our recoveries, countywide, have risen to 672.

 “There are, in my opinion, too many citizens out beginning celebrations for Mother’s Day,” said one officer I spoke to. “Staying in place and following the latest ordinances and advice is what will stop this COVID.”

He’s right. I drove around the byways of San Elizario, Socorro and El Paso’s Lower Valley and I cannot even begin to tell you the number of people I’ve seen gathering. All I can thing of is just how much worse it will be tomorrow.

Family is important. Spending time with our mothers and grandmothers and celebrating them is equally important. What should be paramount, however, is trying to flatten the curve in El Paso County. We are never going to do that if we can’t control ourselves.

“I tested positive two weeks ago,” says one El Paso resident who asked we not identify him other than by David. “Even before positive confirmation, when I first took ill, I began to isolate myself. I will not jeopardize my parents or my Grandmother.”

Brian, even though he is beginning to fell better said he will refrain from visiting anyone but his doctor until he is in the clear.

“The Mishna says, ‘whoever saves one life, saves an entire world,’” shared Brian. “Rather than being selfish and hosting a party or celebration be selfless and stay home and save a life.”

I must agree with Brian. We don’t want this to become our new normal. We don’t want to live, two years from now, having to social distance and wear face coverings every day. We want our collective lives back. Why not stay home?

TODAY’S COVID NUMBERS – INCLUDING CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS:

14 Active Cases in San Elizario – this number may be much less. In fact, with the recovery of the Chacon family, we may have only one (1) active case in San Elizaro. Until the offical number for San Eli is released next week, we will keep this number at fourteen (14).

6 Recoveries in San Elizario – we know of the Chacon family, all seven (7) members have recovered. However, the offical number has not been relsease so we are only showing six (6) recoveries until it is. Our persumptive recover rate is 13, which means, we are doing much better!

14 Active Cases in San Elizario – this number may be much less. In fact, with the recovery of the Chacon family, we may have only one (1) active case in San Elizaro. Until the offical number for San Eli is released next week, we will keep this number at fourteen (14).

6 Recoveries in San Elizario – we know of the Chacon family, all seven (7) members have recovered. However, the offical number has not been relsease so we are only showing six (6) recoveries until it is. Our persumptive recover rate is 13, which means, we are doing much better!

32 Deaths reported in El Paso County

1322 Total Number of Diagnosed Cases

734 Currently Under Monitoring

46 Newly diagnosed cases countywide

672 total number of recovered cases

618 total active cases in El Paso County

2,285 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 195 tests administered/reported in the last twenty-four hours.

COVID UPDATE FROM LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES:

We were the first to report numbers in correctional facilities on May 5th. To compare these numbers to those, see our original posting.

Rogelio Sanchez Unit

The Rogelio Sanchez State Jail is reporting twenty-nine (29) positive cases among their inmate population – this is an increase of five. There are 176 inmates in the unit who are on medical restriction (a decrease of fourty-five), while thirty-five (35) are in medical isolation (an increase of two). It’s unclear if those on restriction or in medical isolation will be tested as the TDCJ only reports that five inmates are awaiting test results.

El Paso County Detention System

No cases reported as of May 9, 2020.

FCI/FSL/FPC La Tuna

Within the three facilities that make up La Tuna, continues to report only one confirmed case of COVID-19 among staff and no cases among the inmate population.

Juvenile Detention Facility

We know that it was reported, by other media outlets, that there were at least three (3) positive cases within the facility. We reached out asking what the status of those cases were and what their current numbers are. At publication we’ve not had a response.

Otero County Prison Facility

On the ICE side, there are nineteen (19) detainees who are positive with COVID-19 (an increase of seven)

El Paso Processing Center

The El Paso Processing Center continues to show eight (8) detainees who have tested positive.

The City of El Paso Press Release (English and Spanish)

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