El Paso officers ask residents to remain house for 2 weeks as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge


As El Paso continues to grapple with a surge of coronavirus instances, well being authorities within the border metropolis on Sunday requested residents to remain house for the following two weeks in an effort to cease the unfold of the virus.

“With the surge of hospitalizations, we’d like the general public to know the pressure our native well being companies and hospitals are at the moment going via,” mentioned Angela Mora, the director of the El Paso Public Well being Division, in a information launch.

For the previous few weeks, town has seen a record-breaking variety of coronavirus instances. COVID-19-related hospitalizations within the space spiked from 259 to 786 in lower than three weeks — a 300% enhance — Mora mentioned within the information launch. Over the previous 14 days, El Paso County has seen greater than 10,800 instances, in line with knowledge from the Texas Division of State Well being Providers.

Sunday’s stay-at-home request from metropolis officers got here 9 days forward of Election Day and as El Paso follows a statewide development of report turnout throughout early voting.

“In fact, we encourage all people to go and vote,” Mora mentioned throughout a digital media availability with reporters on Sunday afternoon.

Along with the presidential race, El Paso voters are deciding whether or not to ship again to metropolis corridor Mayor Dee Margo, a former Republican state consultant who, along with the pandemic, has overseen town’s response and response to the migrant border disaster and the 2019 Walmart capturing. An alleged white supremacist has been charged within the homicide of 23 folks there.

Margo faces a problem from his predecessor, Oscar Leeser, and two native El Pasoans thought of consultant of the extra progressive faction of metropolis politics, legal professional Veronica Carbajal and former metropolis planner Carlos Gallinar. Two different candidates are additionally within the race.

Mora mentioned through the media availability {that a} well being training activity drive had been deployed to voting websites within the space “simply to remind the group of what they should do to remain secure,” corresponding to sporting a masks and sanitizing their arms.

Sunday’s announcement additionally comes on the heels of a latest choice by the El Paso ISD Board of Trustees to increase digital studying. As of Sunday, some college students are set to renew in-person studying Nov. 6.

The COVID developments in El Paso prompted officers earlier this month to extend restrictions for eating places and a few companies, which included scaling again nonessential companies to 50% capability and limiting outside gathering to 10 folks or fewer.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s workplace has in latest days additionally deployed medical personnel and gear to the area. On Sunday, Abbott’s workplace introduced that the state would set up an alternate care web site on the El Paso Conference and Performing Arts Heart this week to offer extra hospital beds and medical gear. Later Sunday, Abbott’s workplace mentioned the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers deliberate to ship medical help groups to the area this week.

In response to the spike in instances, space hospitals introduced Saturday they have been making preparations to airlift sufferers to different hospitals to release mattress house of their facility, native media reported.

Margo and Abbott have additionally mentioned in latest days they’ve requested the Division of Protection to make use of William Beaumont Military Medical Heart to serve non-COVID sufferers at its facility. El Paso is house to the Fort Bliss Military base.

As of Sunday afternoon, the request from town was nonetheless pending.

Editor’s observe: Cassandra Pollock reported from Austin and Julián Aguilar reported from El Paso.

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