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El Paso County Judge criticizes lack of health department virus data being publicly shared

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County Commissioners shared their frustration Monday over what they claim is a lack of transparency regarding Covid-19 information and the way health officials are releasing it.

County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said Commissioners Court is not getting a full picture of how coronavirus is spreading in El Paso.

The judge maintains the missing information is crucial to formulate a strategy to combat the virus' spread.

Commissioner David Stout pointed to little, if any information, being shared by the health officials regarding specific areas where multiple cases of Covid-19 are reported.

Health leaders should be "trying to keep our media partners as informed as possible, so they can keep the public as informed as possible, especially when it comes to where there are clusters and large areas where we're seeing a lot of the outbreak," he said.

The El Paso Department of Public Health said it will not release specific information regarding clusters, or where groups of people test positive for coronavirus.

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Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.



  1. At a time like this withholding info is criminal. Where does it make any sense to not tell people where clusters are occurring? You won’t share the very information that is keeping people locked down, expect backlash and i can’t wait to hear the justification for this one. Hey health official go “entangle” yourself

    1. Other Texas counties tell you exactly where people were infected. Why can’t our county? They get all info except the name of the infected persons.

  2. I hate to say it but I agree with the County Judge and Commissioners. Too many of us are going shopping at stores like Walmart, etc. thinking we are safe even practicing COVID19 mitigation. Regardless good to know where the so called community spread specifically comes from.

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