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No new El Paso virus deaths, cases continue double-digit increases

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EL PASO, Texas -- No new coronavirus deaths were reported Sunday in El Paso, following a week that saw 20 deaths in the county. But double-digit case increases continued.

While the death toll stayed at 78, health officials did report 60 additional virus infections, for a total of 2,764 confirmed cases. Of those 1,068 were considered active, while 1,618 El Pasoans were said to have recovered.

Officials have maintained increased testing capability is contributing, in part, to the rise in the county's caseload. Another contributing factor appears to be the growth of an outbreak at the Rogelio Sanchez State Jail, which has seen new infections spike in recent days to a total now of 245.

As of Sunday morning, 103 El Pasoans were hospitalized - marking a very noticeable decline in recent days. Of those patients in hospitals due to the virus, over half (54) were listed in intensive care; ICU usage is also on the decline.

Just under a third (31) of patients Sunday were on ventilators, which is the one key figure not on a corresponding decline with the hospitalization and ICU counts. Instead, the ventilator usage rate has increased over the past week.

El Paso County had surpassed Bexar County on Saturday in both numbers of total cases and deaths. Bexar, which is the San Antonio metro area, has a population more than double that of El Paso.

On Sunday, Bexar saw significantly more new infections (189) to give it more total cases at 2,825, but it remained behind El Paso in deaths at 73.

To further examine the latest case and fatality data, you'll find El Paso's current virus information here and San Antonio's details here.

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Jim Parker

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

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  1. As long as the border between El Paso and Juárez remains open, we will continue to see an increase in Covid cases. This problem is caused by BOTH sides, folks from El Paso and Juárez crossing the border, then returning home at night. We cannot put a lid on this pandemic with an open border. Not blaming Mexico, this problem is both our faults.

    1. I have no idea what the state of Chihuahua is doing, but they have a case fatality ratio of 20%. That is ridiculous, in Texas it’s 2.6%. Maybe it’s the fact that Mexicans are morbidly obese, or maybe it’s just the trash medical infrastructure but the border needs to be closed until Chihuahua gets their house in order.

  2. Repugs and their perpetual threats to sick thier dog ass Trump Nazi SS Storm Troopers on the American people who disagree with them. We won’t stand for that form of domestic terrorism like Trump won’t stand for it Syria or in Hong Kong China

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