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‘Alarming’: El Paso sees another virus spike – 265 new cases, 1 new death, record hospitalizations

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EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The El Paso Department of Public health announced yet another triple-digit spike in coronavirus cases on Thursday morning, reporting 265 additional infections and one new death.

It was the second-highest daily case increase of the pandemic. The record was 284 just a few days ago on June 28.

“The consistent jump in positive cases lately is alarming," said City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza, who attributed the majority of new infections to community spread and urged El Pasoans to take precautions.

“While the Fourth of July is fast approaching we want to remind the community that social gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited," he said. “Again, I ask you to limit going out, but if you must go out please practice social distancing, wear a face cover, frequently wash your hands with soap and water and if you’re feeling even mildly under the weather stay home.”

The total number of cases now stands at 6,389, of those 2,223 are considered active -- a new all-time high. More than 4,000 El Pasoans have recovered.

Thursday's latest fatality brings the death toll to 132. The victim was a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions, officials said.

Hospitalizations have increased from 177 to 180, which is a new all-time high. There are currently 74 ICU patients and 30 are on ventilators.

For a complete list of the health department's data, click here.

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Mauricio Casillas

El Paso native Mauricio Casillas co-anchors ABC-7’s Good Morning El Paso.

Jim Parker

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



  1. We still have not had the 14 day span with no new infections. We were not supposed to open until that span occurred according to the CDC. We opened too soon and now it appears that we will pay the price with another lockdown.

    1. Spreading fake news again? There will be no lockdown. Most likely a rollback of certain businesses confirmed as being an active COVID-19 source of contamination. California/LA just admitted part of their spike was caused by the leftist BLM protest/riots. Governor Abbott shut down bars just in case but must know something we don’t.

        1. An opinion can be fake news if the one opining does not allow anyone else’s opinion to be considered. How? By calling people names for even speaking out and not sticking to the issue being discussed.

          1. I hope we don’t have to lock down. I have tenants who haven’t been able to pay their rent since April. They need their livelihoods back. I’ m waiving their rent until they’ve been back at work for a month, but they’re having trouble buying groceries. Its very worrisome.

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