EMERGENCY ORDERS EXTENDED. TESTING OPEN TO ALL

By Stven Zimmerman

SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – The City of El Paso has released official numbers for San Elizario. These numbers, current as of May 8, 2020, are: twenty-three (23) people tested positive for COVID-19. Fifteen (15) have recovered. There are only eight (8) active cases of COVID-19 within San Elizario.

Also, today, the El Paso City Council unanimously approved extending an emergency ordinance that extended the disaster declaration. The Council also unanimously approved to extend a second emergency ordinance establishing emergency measures. Both ordinances were first issued on March 13, 2020 and were set to expire May 13, 2020. They will both remain in effect until June 10, 2020.

Another change, testing is open to all, regardless of symptoms. Please, get tested.

The orders can be found here, and here.

As great as these numbers are, we cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into thinking that there is no way we can contract COVID-19 ourselves. The virus is still active within the community.

Over Mother’s Day, far too many people were out and about visiting family and holding cookouts or a small party. Within the County of El Paso, all gatherings are prohibited. The only exception is if you all live in the same household. Many did not let the ordinance stand in the way of their get-togethers.

A friend of mine had invited my wife and me over for what was to be smallish get together on the Westside of El Paso. We declined, and I’m glad we did. Looking at the photos and videos posted on his Facebook and Instagram, and there are many of them, at least forty people were in attendance.

Over Easter weekend, we learned that people are not going to stay home and not host or participate in some sort of gathering. We’re not the best when it comes to following simple instructions. The sad reality is, given about a week or two, we are going to see another spike in our numbers here in El Paso County.

We’re also not testing enough people. That is evident by the fact the Rapid Response Team is now within the County, hosting additional test sites.

COVID TESTING IN OUR AREA | San Eli News

By Steven Zimmerman UPDATED: May 11, 2020 On May 13 th 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.

“One of the pieces of information that we have confirmed now is that a significant number of individuals that are infected remain asymptomatic. That may be as many as twenty-five percent,” said Dr Robert Redfield, in early April. Dr Redfield is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Not long after Dr Redfield made that statement, Iceland reported that fifty percent (50%) of those who tested positive for COVID-19 had absolutely no symptoms. 

Iceland allowed anyone to be tested, even if no symptoms were presenting. Opening testing to everyone has allowed Iceland to keep cases low and deaths at ten (10).

The Center for Evidence-Based Medicine compiled a table of studies assessing asymptomatic cases based on testing and research data.

Another report, this one by the CDC, shows that researchers in Singapore were able to identify seven clusters of cases with presymptomatic transmission leading to secondary cases.

The CDC study was shown to have merit by another report, published in mid-April, that was able to show that people with no symptoms are the source of forty-four percent (44%) of all diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

I write all of this to make a point. We simply do not know who may or may not have COVID-19. We can’t say for sure that opening the economy in Texas will not lead to a second wave. You don’t know who at the party you attended, or at the Mall was asymptomatic and could have possibly transmitted COVID-19 to untold individuals.

“The fact remains that more than 95% of the people who are tested test negative,” Abbott said. “We have a lot of people in this state say, ‘well, we need to test far more people.’ The fact of the matter is some people are in Texas who have no symptoms whatsoever and have no need to go up to a testing site to be able to be tested.”

Yet, with forty percent of all COVID-19 cases stemming from someone that was asymptomatic, testing a more significant number of the population only makes sense.

Texas has a population of 29 million. We’ve tested only 525,697 people. That’s 2.1%.

In Report to Open Texas released April 27, Abbott said: “Testing is the foundation on which the plan to open Texas is built.”

Governor Abbott does have somewhat of a grasp on the necessity for testing. Only today he announced that all residents and employees of nursing homes are to be tested.

“The State of Texas is working to rapidly expand our testing capacity—especially among vulnerable populations in Texas nursing homes,” said Governor Abbott. “This important collaboration among HHSC, TDEM, and DSHS will ensure that any potential clusters of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes are quickly detected and contained.”

During the Governor’s May 5, 2020 press conference, he said, “The amount of testing that takes place in the state of Texas continues to ramp up; we’re not quite there yet.”

On that, we reopened the economy, decided to ignore the doctors, and open the door to welcome the second wave of COVID that is undoubtedly on it’s way.

COVID-19 UPDATE

8 Active Cases within San Elizario City limits

23 Total Diagnosed Cases within San Elizario City limits

15 Recoveries in San Elizario 

23 Total Diagnosed within zip code 79849

33 Deaths reported in El Paso County

1348 Total Number of Diagnosed Cases

734 Currently Under Monitoring

8 Newly diagnosed cases countywide

685 total number of recovered cases

630 total active cases in El Paso County

2,363 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 34 tests administered/reported in the last twenty-four hours.

Remember, testing has expanded!

COVID TESTING IN OUR AREA | San Eli News

By Steven Zimmerman UPDATED: May 11, 2020 On May 13 th 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.

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