The City and County of El Paso have released today’s COVID graphics. Upon release we discovered that San Elizario does in fact have one (1) new COVID-19 case, bringing our total of active cases to twenty-nine (29). We apologize for having to issue this update.
By Steven Zimmerman – my opinion appears in this piece and is denoted by being written in italics.
SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – I have been hearing two different debates. Both center around the rising number in positive COVID-19 cases within El Paso County. The first argument claims that the only reason we are seeing higher numbers is simply because of the number of testing sites has increased while the requirements for testing has decreased. Simply put, more testing equals more positive numbers.
The other debate centers around the fact that most of El Paso County has decided to ignore the ordinances against gatherings, social distancing and wearing of masks.
Could the truth lie somewhere in the middle?
“We can attribute some of the positive cases to increased testing, but at the same time, we are attributing to the gatherings,” says Dr Hector Ocaranza of the City of El Paso.
According to the City/County of El Paso, the recent spike in case numbers, though expected because of increased testing, are a result of gatherings over this past Mother’s Day weekend.
The truth of how one can contract COVID is somewhere in the middle. People who are ignoring their symptoms, people who are asymptomatic are out there. Some sick people do tend to not stay home- I’m guilty of this one. Big gatherings do have the potential of spreading COVID. Not covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, as nasty as that is, does spread germs. It can happen.
Then, there are those who have no idea they have COVID or have such a mild case of it that they believe it is nothing more than a cold. With the wider availability of testing, many of these people are finding out they are positive. They may have contracted it at a party, by a handshake, or some unknown way. The point is, they have it.
The truth is somewhere in the middle.
I am not a doctor, not a virologist. My opinion is only that, my opinion. You may take it or leave it. What I’m going to share is simply based off of what I’ve been reading and have learned by speaking with other individuals. As I’ve had more than a few dozen emails asking what I am doing to ensure I do not contract the virus, I thought I would share that with you.
COVID-19 is a new virus and is acting like none we’ve ever seen before. How it spreads, how once can contract the virus, changes depending on the person or authority providing the information.
I am immunocompromised. It is extremely easy for me to become ill. When I do, whatever I have contracted tends to hang on for an exceptionally long time. With that in mind, I do have a healthy fear of COVID-19. I am not, however, letting that fear deter me from living life.
I wear a face covering when I go out. I am doing this out of caution. There are asymptomatic people in El Paso County who are transmitting this virus without knowing it. I’ve been where people do not wear face coverings and are sneezing and coughing. Not everyone, sadly, is covering their mouth! I’m only wearing a face covering during the COVID outbreak because my doctor says COVID would wreak havoc on me.
I wash and sanitize my hands. When I do go out, before I get back into my car, I will sanitize my hands. When I get home, I will wash them with soap and water. Do I believe I can contract COVID-19 just by touching surfaces? The CDC says that’s unlikely. I do it simply because it’s been a habit for the last few years, also there are other bugs out there I can catch.
I social distance. I do social distance when I am out and about. Again, I am immunocompromised, and you never know what’s out there.
Do I believe everyone should wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings and crowds? Yes, I do. Let me qualify my answer. As far as I know, as an adult, you can do pretty much what you want to do.
If you want to go out to dinner, a movie, visit a park and not wear a mask while doing it, it’s your right as an adult and an American. If you come to my office, and don’t want to wear a mask, that’s your choice. If you don’t, I’m not going to bar you from coming in, I’m just going to have my mask on. Then, when you leave, I’m going Rambo with a can of Lysol.
Personally, COVID worries me. It does. But it’s also, at this point, not going to cause me to cower in fear. Do I worry there will be a second wave? I’m not sure. What I am sure of, what I am positive of is that we control our own destiny.
Just use common sense and we’ll be alright.
28 Active Cases within San Elizario City limits
25 Recoveries in San Elizario
54 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.
58 Deaths reported in El Paso County
2,265 Total Number of Diagnosed Cases
920 Currently Under Monitoring – significant increase in this number
402 Pending results from the Public Health Lab
105 Newly diagnosed cases countywide – another significant increase.
1,208 total number of recovered cases
999 total active cases in El Paso County
66 In ICU
22 On ventilators
3,679 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 232 tests administered/reported in the last twenty-four hours by the City/County of El Paso.
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.
COVID-19 EPSTRONG PAGE
The City of El Paso has a page, EPStrong, that reports the numbers and is updated once per day. This page has a wealth of information and can be found here, or by clicking below:
TESTED BY: The Dept. of Public Health Lab TESTED BY: Other Outside Laboratories The locations on this map are only approximations of COVID-19 positive cases. *This data will be updated by 5pm each day.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you
- Develop symptoms
- Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.