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El Paso tops Dallas in active virus cases, sets record for ICU patients


EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County has surpassed much-larger Dallas County in the number of active coronavirus cases following a record-setting week ending Saturday that saw a whopping 3,846 new infections.

The El Paso Department of Public Health reported 558 additional confirmed cases (along with 24 delayed positive tests) on Saturday morning, which while still steep did mark a notable decrease from the record upward counts of 838 for Friday and 717 on Thursday that local leaders said were "out of control."

For an 11th straight day however, El Paso did set a record for number of active infections. As of Saturday morning, officials said there were 7,628 active cases among El Pasoans. By comparison, state data showed Dallas County's active case count currently at 7,217.

Dallas County is the second-most populous county in Texas with an estimated population of 2.6 million residents, while El Paso County is the sixth-largest in the state with a population of roughly 800,000.

There were no new El Paso deaths reported Saturday, although City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza has repeatedly noted that fatalities are a lagging indicator, and given the soaring case load and hospitalization rate he expects to see added deaths to the current tally of 558.

Hospitalizations remained a major concern Saturday with an all-time high number of patients occupying intensive care units in El Paso hospitals. Of the 419 patients hospitalized for Covid-related illness on Saturday, 118 were in the ICU - a half-dozen more than the day prior and surpassing the record of 116 from July 22. In addition, 42 of those ICU patients currently require ventilators.

As of Friday evening, data from Texas health officials had showed there were only eight total remaining ICU beds available at hospitals in the entire El Paso region, which also includes Hudspeth and Culberson counties.

To date there have been 32,060 virus infections in El Paso County, with 23,734 listed as having recovered. However, as ABC-7 has previously reported, doctors and medical research suggest that some recovered persons may face long-term health consequences as a result of having been infected with the virus.

Complete El Paso health department data on Covid-19 can be found online at

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Jim Parker

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



  1. But Dallas doesn’t have a big gaping open border to Juarez Mexico. Thousands of vehicles and people criss-cross each day into who knows what down there. I wouldn’t trust their coronavirus numbers in any way, shape, or form. When this is all over, I suspect El Paso will have the highest coronavirus numbers in all categories because the liberals are too worried about offending our neighbors to the South. We need to slam the border shut, no traffic either way for 3 months.

    1. Sounds good and I agree but its economically impossible. Has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative so there’s no sense coming up with more rhetoric to needlessly divide the nation. That kind of thinking cost the orange buffoon the election. Politics needs to be left out of discussions about the pandemic.

      1. Hypocrite much? You’re a nitwit. Counting your chickens before they hatch? President Trump hasn’t lost yet. Even Biden’s campaign managers are putting out info not to believe the polls or be complacent. Internal polling shows otherwise. If Biden and Trump are tied in Florida how can Biden be 11 points up nationally? Same for other swing/battleground states except Texas. Biden is down 7 points in Texas.

    2. K1DPR you are a stupid idiot classic pendejo trump blaming all your shit on Mexicans. Did the Mexicans bring the Chinese and Japanese here? No you all military pendejos married them. Not to mention others. At the end of the day all you stupid gringos brought all the problems here trying to EXPLOIT humanity. Stupid old dumbass that u are.

      1. OriginalMAGAturd/Rick, what the hell are you talking about? Everyone knows the middle class has the highest tax brackets averaging at 20-25% of income. The upper-class gets more tax breaks through losses, donations, etc. That’s how Tramp gets away with paying less taxes than everyone. Take your head out of your a** before you suffocate!!

        1. Did I say anything about tax brackets? I said white men (in all tax brackets) carry the burden). Are you assuming all white men are in high tax brackets?

          1. Screw your maga! I’ve busted my rear for the last 25years . Go ahead and lie like your trash trump president that I’m alberto but the cold fact is you wouldnt have a damn uniform to wear if it wasn’t for us hard working Americans that get taxed to death so you can play fake war on video games. We are the government and WE PAY YOU. So appreciate it it moron!

    1. And yet those gringos are multi millionaires How do you explain that pendejo alberto pedo muerto? Cause you can’t get out of government housing provide by those gringos.

    1. And you being a worthless Mexican are here begging for the white man’s scraps that fall out of their table. How do you explain that alberto the might stupid one?

  2. NadoucheRomero, LMFAO! You think you’re white because according to you and all of your New Mexican comrades, you’re from Spain. And like your Trumptard comrades, you feel validated believing that all of us never-Trumpers are uneducated, stupid, and dependent on government aid. You are worthless regardless of your race (and you’re also fat and hideous).

  3. I have never received a welfare check. EVER! Or government free food like you flag worshippers. No wonder you bottom feeders hail that flag. Puts free food in your bellies. Us, we bust our nuts day in/out.

  4. We are indoctrinated since elementary of soldiers being heroes. It’s been a long-standing recruitment tool. Fact is, very few, are true heroes. Read the definition of hero. They join the military because most don’t want and can’t muster out a college education. The rest are bottom feeders like madmike/nadodave and his buddies who exploit the system for a free ride and retirement. Free medical insurance. All taxpayer funded. A bunch are losers, I agree with Trump I must admit, Belong to gangs IN THE MILITARY. Murders. You see it at fort hood. Uncontrollable maggots shooting their guns down the highway. Etc. Now disprove me on that besides your usual response of ALBERTO was kicked out of the NAvY . Whoever that person is. BUNCH OF FREE LOADERS!

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