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State data shows El Paso area hospitals only have 8 ICU beds remaining

Medical equipment sits inside the emergency room area at Del Sol Medical Center,

EL PASO, Texas -- New data out Saturday from the Texas Department of State Health Services painted the bleakest picture to date of El Paso's hospital capacity during the coronavirus pandemic.

The El Paso region - which includes El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties - has just eight Intensive Care Unit beds available collectively between all hospitals.

That number reflects the total ICU bed count, not just those utilized for Covid-19 patients. It is the scarcest availability of ICU beds since the virus outbreak began months ago.

The word from the state comes after reports by ABC-7 that El Paso hospital capacity was strained in recent weeks, with diversions taking place and some virus patients now being transferred from hospitals to nursing home Covid units.

According to an El Paso Department of Public Health tally released earlier Saturday,  there were 97 Covid-19 patients listed in intensive care, marking the first time in ten days that the ICU count involving those with severe virus illness dropped below 100. Keep in mind, that count only includes virus patients and not others who may also occupy ICU space.

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Jim Parker

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



  1. I wonder how many of those ICU beds are tied up by south of the border customers? I suspect 25-30%, but the powers that be are too politically correct to publish the numbers!

  2. Thats because its not relevant to anything. If you live in Juarez and you have health insurance that covers care anywhere, then you can go anywhere you like. Also, if your physician has admitting privileges at a certain hospital then he can admit you there. Has nothing to do with politics.

  3. Just wear a maga hat and start bashing el Pasoans, and how bad they are. Lol. And yes! Ask how many beds are occupied by Mexicans! That will get your right in K1DPR! Lol. As far as nado, take him to a veterinarian. Maybe they’ll take pigs there.

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