COVID UPDATE: New Numbers, Expanded Openings – Some Delayed

By Steven Zimmerman

COVID-19 UPDATE

13 Active Cases within San Elizario City limits

31 Total Diagnosed Cases within San Elizario City limits

18 Recoveries in San Elizario 

41 Total Diagnosed within zip code 79849

All numbers in San Elizario remain unofficial until the City of San Elizario is able to release new data. We are simply extrapolating for data we have at hand.

COUNTYWIDE NUMBERS

47 Deaths reported in El Paso County

1,800 Total Number of Diagnosed Cases

887 Currently Under Monitoring – significant increase in this number.

28 Newly diagnosed cases countywide – another significant increase.

921 total number of recovered cases

832 total active cases in El Paso County

77 Hospitalized

35 In ICU

13 On ventilators

2,746 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 37 tests administered/reported in the last twenty-four hours by the City/County of El Paso. 20,200 administered in total, countywide. 

Please note, there can be a delay of 2 to 14 days before the City of El Paso shares data with the media. The above numbers may not accurately reflect the current state of public health.

OTHER COVID NEWS

Texas Governor Greg Abbot held a press conference today where he championed the somewhat stable number of hospitalization and declining number of infections among those tested.

Here are some key takeaways about the Governor’s confidence:

According to the State of Texas, we have 48,693 positive cases and 1,347 deaths. COVID-19 is found in 222 of the 254 counties within the states.

Abbot has a stated goal of achieving 30,000 daily tests. We’ve yet to reach that number. Over the past week, however, the State did average 25,614 tests per day.

Overall, out of a total population of just at 29-million, we’ve still only managed to test 2.5 per cent of the State of Texas.

What is worrisome is that the State of Texas is including an unknown number of antibody tests in its testing total. This is creating an uncertainty as to the reliability of total COVID testing numbers.

The City of El Paso is conducting antibody testing. According to Irma Lopez, Senior Administrative Ombudsman within the City Manager’s Office, antibody testing is not counted in our overall testing numbers. We have submitted an open records request seeking the number of people tested for antibodies for COVID-19.

“Gov. Abbott has always had great affection for El Paso and especially after the August 3 tragedy,” Margo said. “We are pleased he agreed with us for a delay of one week and we appreciate his leadership.”

Gyms, some manufacturers, and office-based employers may proceed to open today pursuant to the Governor’s Minimum Standard Health Protocols. Additional businesses which include childcare facilities, personal care services that had not previously re-opened, opening restaurants at 50 percent, and various other services at 25 percent of total listed capacity, such as bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, rodeos, and amateur sporting events without spectators are anticipated to re-open locally, beginning on Friday, May 29. Additional services are set to reopen on Sunday, May 31, per Gov. Abbott’s orders.

City officials will evaluate Gov. Abbott’s latest orders and will issue a more detailed directive for El Paso later this week with an emphasis on the health and wellness of our community.

Testing, or lack thereof, aside, Abbott has issued orders allowing the following to reopen:

  • Child Care Centers (May 18)
  • Massage and Personal-Care Centers (May 18)
  • Youth Clubs (May 18)
  • Rodeo and Equestrian Events (May 22)
  • Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcast Racing, and Skating Rinks (May 22)
  • Bars (May 22)
  • Aquariums and Natural Caverns (May 22)
  • Zoos (May 29)
  • Day Youth Camps (May 31)
  • Overnight Youth Camps (May 31)
  • Youth Sports (May 31)
  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31)

Additionally, restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% beginning May 22. Bars—including wine tasting rooms, craft breweries, and similar businesses—may open at 25% occupancy but like restaurants, these occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties.

Opened services and activities under Phase II are subject to certain occupancy limits and health and safety protocols. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas.

EO-GA-23 Phase Two Expandin… by San Eli News on Scribd

Below are a few tips that everyone should do to stay healthy and be teaching children to do the same:

  • Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing).
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (like tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks).
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Know how it spreads:

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
  • At this time, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet);
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks;
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs; and
  • Be aware that some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

These are the press releases from the City of El Paso:

2020.05.18_COVID-19 City Re… by San Eli News on Scribd

2020.05.18 COMUNICADO de PR… by San Eli News on Scribd

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