El Paso among top 50 counties in nation for total Covid-19 cases
EL PASO, Texas -- As of this week, El Paso County now ranks among the top 50 counties in the entire U.S. for confirmed total cases of the novel coronavirus.
That's according to data tabulated by Johns Hopkins University.
As of Monday's statistical compilation reported by Johns Hopkins, El Paso was number 48 on the list of top 50 counties for Covid-19 with 21,731 cumulative infections so far during the pandemic.
The El Paso Department of Public Health indicated that case tally had grown to 21,826 as of Tuesday morning. Johns Hopkins dashboard still reflected Monday's totals as of midday Tuesday.
"We are considered a large county and our population is greater than 850,000. We have many factors that make us more susceptible to infections and complications," said El Paso City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza in reacting to the Johns Hopkins list.
"However, the more important issue might not be the total number of positive cases, but how well we as a community take care of each other and do everything possible to prevent complications to ultimately keep our healthcare system running smoothly caring for our loved ones and keeping our mortality rate under control," he explained.
Local health officials say the vast majority of El Pasoans infected with the virus to date, 18,468 people, have recovered. However, doctors have noted that some recovered individuals may still face long lasting effects from having been infected.
The below interactive map compiled by the Associated Press utilizing Johns Hopkins data reflects virus cases and deaths reported for all the counties across America.