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‘Grief-stricken’: El Paso’s virus death toll surpasses 50 as hospitalizations soar by 39%

This graph charts the rise in virus cases and deaths across El Paso. Scroll down to the end of this article to view more data.

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso health officials reported five additional coronavirus deaths on Tuesday afternoon, as the county's death toll surpassed another somber milestone by reaching 52.

El Paso also reported 52 new virus cases on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total infections to 1,852.

“We are grief-stricken to learn of the passing of five more community members, and our hearts go out to their loved ones,” said City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza in announcing the deaths.

The latest deaths included three men - one each in their 50s, 60s and 70s, and two women - one in her 60s and another in her 90s.

Notably, officials said the woman in her 60s had "no underlying conditions," which was cause for concern. It was only the second known death from the virus of an El Pasoan who didn't suffer from pre-existing health issues.

Also of major cause for concern, 30 more El Pasoans were hospitalized due to the virus over the past day, jumping from 77 to 107 patients.

It marked a 39% increase in the hospitalization rate just a day after officials at University Medical Center, which is treating the bulk of the cases, warned that it was reaching bed capacity for Covid-19 patients.

The numbers of patients in intensive care units was also up by 11, a 32% increase, and those on ventilators grew by five.

The only silver lining to be found in Tuesday's report, there were 63 new recoveries occurring, which outnumbered new cases for the first time in nearly two weeks. To date, 984 people have recovered from the virus; meaning there were 816 active cases within the county on Tuesday.

Below is the latest El Paso coronavirus case locator map and other demographic information on the virus outbreak as provided by the health department.

The map shows the amount of positive cases by zip codes, with the number of cases in red dots: 79821 (8), 79835 (54), 79836 (12), 79838 (20), 79849 (42), 79853 (27), 79901 (25), 79902 (39), 79903 (56), 79904 (55), 79905 (76), 79907 (107), 79911 (11), 79912 (126), 79915 (83), 79922 (10), 79924 (114), 79925 (76), 79927 (102), 79928 (133), 79930 (56), 79932 (70), 79934 (38), 79935 (40), 79936 (228), 79938 (244).

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. Wake up people, close the border. Media reports evidence that COVID-19 deaths in Mexico are actually 3 times greater than that reported. Only 150,000 tests for 125 million people! How can we expect to flatten the curve with thousands of un-tested folks streaming across our border daily!

      1. Wrong again dolt. The border was never fully closed. It was open for commerce related traffic which includes the thousands of El Pasoans that work at the maquilas in Juarez which are obviously hotspots for the COVID-19. Many of the plants are essential operations and never closed. Get out of your bubble and go see for yourself.

  2. How many of these deaths are really attributed to the virus and not just tested positive for it? There is a very real reason for my asking. Death happens. Health officials lie. Fake media lie. People posting here lie. Who the hell are we supposed to believe? alberto, ux2, 1949, resler, cara? Really?
    States all over the country are reporting stats that have been hedged to project virus deaths instead of other deaths. Mostly the states that have very restrictive rules for their people. Those states keep going up. A couple have more deaths per ca-pita than their population. How does that happen?

        1. Fero2A

          You are nothing more than a limp piece of old seaweed. Shut up and go away. You are so nasty and ugly.

          Democrats unite! Let’s get rid of the riff raff and trash that abound our country, the republicans. They are nothing more than the cockroach feces.

    1. Japan has handled this better and din’t destroy its economy as bad as Americans and Europeans. That’s what you get when you let a bunch of greedy con men gut our government because they’re elected by a bunch of slow idiots who have no idea how reality works. I would believe a scientist and doctor before i listen to con men, politicians, and your average idiot voter and trump cultist. Being surrounded by so much filth, crime, and stupidity is getting tiresome. Welcome to the next great recession brought to you by the clowns than were elected. You can deny reality with your political bias but you cant out run the truth. Lives and businesses are being destroyed like nothing America has ever seen. Who was in charge when this happened and why didn’t they do anything to stop it?

    1. Let’s use moron mad mike’s rationale: So if we have a low percentage immigrant population why worry? Right? Lol. You fell right into your trap moron. Stupid moronic rationale.

        1. Actually Steve is a RINO but obviously leans Democrat. He spends too much time at ABC. I recall back 2016 he wanted Ted Cruz to be President. He doesn’t remember me since I used a different screen name back then.

          1. American politicians are trash because American culture is trashy. Why do you think people are so angry and stupid here?.We are in a shithole. Compare Tokyo to any American city. There is no comparison in the world. Safest and cleanest with the lowest crime rates. There is no protesting, no anger and rage. The reason you’re so upset is because you live in filth around stupid people and you feel so helpless.

          2. I voted against Beto. Ted is Republican so that is all that matters to me. At least I am not a RINO.

        2. You are not a policeman or a cop or anything, because your head would roll the minute the higher ups noticed your ignorant comments.
          Take your carcass back to Tuscon and stay there, stupidmike272

          1. I am still on the job until Saturday, the 23rd of May. Then I retire for a second time. One retirement from the Army in 1994 and now from my agency this week. And your tax dollars are paying my two pensions. Bwahahaha

  3. All the asinine republicans that post on this website are nasty dirty jerks. You do not have one intelligent thing to say, you just vent and kneel in adoration to the great big orange blob. Including you coco-nut dave.

  4. Madmike and his other 5 morons live in seclusion. They are a miserable, uneducated, hatred group, and bigots. The dying breed. Nadodave the coconut, well, hates his own race, married another race, basically his life is mess of choices. His posts are written at a 6th grade level. Scary he walks around with a gun.

  5. Madmike and his little fat girls isolated from mainstream America. How we like it. Stay secluded. It’s a joy not to see you. Drink chlorox and push a hydroxychloraquine suppository. Lol. You safe.

    1. It has nothing to do with being a hypocrite. Someone has to keep you and Alberto to include all his aliases from spreading fake news and drivel since your stupid can’t be fixed. If not me it will be someone else that doesn’t like. Obviously it works on you since you respond to my criticism. Too easy to rope a dope. Now crawl back to ABC News.

      1. Enough of falling back on your fixation of some guy named “Alberto,” and your mind stuck on the term “fake,” you sound like a broken record. Concentrate on defending your racist, xenophobic, lying idiot of your “president.” What has he done for you lately beside making Joe Biden look like the only sane politician left to bring America out of the pig trough that Trump has us all wading in.

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