By Steven Zimmerman
SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – We couldn’t do it, could we? We just couldn’t find it within ourselves to stay home and not have a celebration or get together. Mind you, a few days from now, and we’ll begin to see our COVID-19 numbers spike.
Medical professionals and virologists believe that COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person. The mode of transmission is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or can be inhaled into the lungs. Even covering your mouth with your hand, then touching something can cause the virus to spread.
The spread of COVID-19 is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about six feet).
If you look around, you’ll see that COVID-19 seems to be spreading very easily and sustainably in El Paso County (“community spread”). Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including many who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Driving around today, I was shocked at the number of people standing outside shops and restaurants, ignoring social distancing protocols.
Face coverings are not mandatory but highly recommended. Far too many people out and about without one on is worrisome.
Driving through residential areas, I simply couldn’t believe the number of people holding some type of celebration or BBQ. Face coverings might not be mandatory, but gatherings are prohibited under current City and County ordinances.
If you feel that you don’t need to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, or can’t hold off on those gatherings, good for you. Try this; if you can’t do it for yourself, do it for your family and friends. You never know who’s life you will be saving.
14 Total Diagnosed Cases within San Elizario city limits – 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!
23 Total Diagnosed within zip code 79849
33 Deaths reported in El Paso County
1340 Total Number of Diagnosed Cases
672 Currently Under Monitoring
18 Newly diagnosed cases countywide
685 total number of recovered cases
622 total active cases in El Paso County
2,337 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 52 tests administered/reported in the last twenty-four hours.
Remember, testing has expanded!
Staff Report El Paso, Texas – Because of the increase in COVID numbers in our region, the City of El Paso is expanding testing sites for individuals wishing to be tested for Coronavirus. To be tested you must have at least one of the following symptoms. Testing is by registration only.