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El Paso sees no new virus deaths for 1st time in weeks, marking milestone moment

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EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County's coronavirus death toll held steady Sunday morning as health officials reported no new fatalities.

It marked a milestone moment, the first day in over a month in which the health department didn't add to the death count.

Deaths among El Pasoans had been recorded for 33 straight days, since July 19. The number of lives claimed by the Covid-19 pandemic remained just ten deaths shy of 400 at 390 as of Sunday.

The local health department reported 70 new cases on Sunday along with 10 "delayed" positive test results.

The delayed results are tied to private labs previously contracted at state-run testing facilities. Those delayed results have been an issue not only in El Paso, but for other areas of the state too.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week had predicted that the state's reporting backlog on weeks-old virus cases would soon be resolved. But since then, "delayed" cases have continued to be reported, leaving questions remaining about reporting accuracy from the state.

As of Sunday, there were just over 19,000 confirmed total virus cases to date in El Paso County.

Health officials indicated that 3,272 of those are currently considered active cases; 15,734 are listed as recovered - although experts caution that some recovered persons may experience ongoing health issues stemming from having been infected.

As of Sunday morning, there were 136 hospitalizations in El Paso due to Covid-19 illnesses, with 50 of those patients listed in intensive care and 27 needing ventilators.

For a complete look at El Paso's Covid-19 data provided by the local health department, click here.

Jim Parker

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

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12 Comments

    1. You just can’t stand the fact that this virus might be moving on can you? You love the misery. You love the death count. You love people suffering and out of work. Typical liberal. Liberals are only happy when people are suffering.

    2. It’s obvious you want the COVID19 around until the election. After that fails you will probably be attacking the electoral college after crazy Joe loses.

    3. Dona Ana records no deaths and ‘Wuhan is the greatest’, EP no deaths ‘well its prob wrong and its the buffoons fault’. You can’t have both lady pick one, either it’s good for all or all our numbers are flawed. You can be biased but don’t be such a hypocrite all the time it kills any credibility.

  1. What policy is he even running on? What’s his message? Is he gonna let people protest, is he gonna take guns, is he for MC4A? I haven’t heard ONE single message he’s trying to convey. This was Hillary’s huge mistake and he’s doing the exact same thing. You can’t be so blind that you can’t see they’re literally trying to lose the election

    1. Trump will win by a huge margin, both in popular vote as well as the electoral college. alberto, turner and his 24 other alias better be packed for Venezuela.

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