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‘Dire situation’: Active El Paso virus cases along with hospital, ICU & ventilator patients all set records


EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso's top doctor said the county faces a "very dire situation right now" as it set all-time highs Monday for active infections along with hospitalizations, intensive care unit and respirator usage due to Covid-19.

"We are seeing uncontrolled spread," Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza told Commissioners Court during a meeting late Monday afternoon.

It came after El Paso County, for a 13th straight day, set a record high for active coronavirus cases - which have now reached 8,350.

The latest milestone was fueled by 555 new daily infections reported by health officials along with 13 delayed positive results.

The number of new virus cases has risen roughly 500% in El Paso over the past two weeks, ABC News reported. Mayor Dee Margo blamed "bars gaming the system" - by masquerading as restaurants - for driving much of the recent community spread.

Record numbers of hospitalizations, intensive care patients and people on ventilators were also reported Monday. The breakdown is as follows:

• 496 patients currently hospitalized (up by 30)

• 134 patients in intensive care units (up by 5)

• 64 patients requiring ventilators (up by 9)

No new deaths were reported Monday, the death toll remained at 557.

The cumulative number of cases stands at 33,326, while total recoveries reached 24,268. 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.

Edwin Delgado

Edwin Delgado is an ABC-7 producer.

Jim Parker

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



    1. All hype aulljason on these numbers. Notice where the recovery rate are? The recovery rates even without the vaccine yet is outstanding. They only thing keeping these infections up are the people that finally decided that making a living is worth coming out from their holes and breathing in the freedom this President is providing. Once the vaccine gets approved, which are several by the way, all this will go away and we can enjoy more freedom under this president that will be reelected. Don’t worry about the naysayers, they are just pathetic losers called alberto pedo muerto.

      1. The orange buffoon is providing nothing but misinformation and more death. That’s why he is going to be without a job on November 3. You and the Nazi filth that support the orange buffoon are the pathetic losers.

  1. Some of these idiots don’t even learn then. Look at the white trash president orange buffoon.. a complete moron and unfit for office. 15 more days.😀🇺🇸

    1. I agree. I’ve been saying for weeks that the numbers don’t add up. We’re being lied to or in the very least information isn’t being presenting fully.

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