By Steven Zimmerman
SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – Before we get to the good news for today we must share the sad news that there have been three (3) additional COVID-19 related deaths reported countywide.
\The good news from today? We’ve had another recovery in San Elizario! We now have sixteen (16) people who have recovered from COVID-19, with only seven (7) people who are still positive.
We can reduce our chances of contracting COVID-19 if we follow the following steps:
Wash your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectantsexternal icon will work.
7 Active Cases within San Elizario City limits
23 Total Diagnosed Cases within San Elizario City limits
16 Recoveries in San Elizario
25 Total Diagnosed within zip code 79849
36 Deaths reported in El Paso County
1413 Total Number of Diagnosed Cases
719 Currently Under Monitoring
65 Newly diagnosed cases countywide
719 total number of recovered cases
652 total active cases in El Paso County
2,381 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 18 tests administered/reported in the last twenty-four hours by the City/County of El Paso. 13,000 administered in total, countywide. 1.4% of the county population has been tested.
Press Releases from the City of El Paso: