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El Paso tops 11,000 active virus cases as hospitals struggle with 300% increase in patients

EL PASO, Texas -- The number of active coronavirus cases in El Paso County exceeded 11,000 on Sunday morning for yet another all-time high, with hospitalizations also setting a new record as a result of a recent upswing of 300% in Covid-19 patients.

There were three added deaths reported Sunday to raise the pandemic's death toll to 575. The latest victims were two men - one in his 40s and the other in his 80s, along with a woman in her 80s.

Officials reported 517 new cases Sunday morning, but indicated that "additional cases are expected to be added" with health department staff still examining data received late Saturday night from 25,000 tests administered over a three-day stretch leading into the weekend.

There were 11,321 active infections as of Sunday, prompting El Paso officials to once again urge residents to "stay home," except for essential activities, to reduce the community spread. That active figure amounts to 29% of the 39,326 total virus cases during the entire pandemic.

Hospitalizations reached 786 patients on Sunday (with 177 in ICUs and 117 on ventilators), up from 259 in less than three weeks—a 300% increase. The huge spike has strained hospital capacity, leading to an announcement Sunday that the El Paso Convention Center will be converted into a makeshift hospital to provide up to 100 extra beds.

In addition, there's been a state request made to use the old William Beaumont Army hospital to house non-Covid patients - and a plan put into place by local hospitals to airlift some patients to hospitals elsewhere in the state due to the lack of bed space.

With the surge of hospitalizations, we need the public to understand the strain our local health services and hospitals are currently going through,” said El Paso's Public Health Director Angela Mora. “Moreover, with fewer hospital beds available due to the spike in Covid-19 patients seeking medical attention, this could adversely affect healthcare services for persons with everyday non-Covid medical conditions and medical emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes and vehicular accidents.”

Mora continued, "If we continue on this trend, we risk detrimental effects to our entire healthcare system. For the sake of those hospitalized and the frontline healthcare workers working tirelessly each day to care for them, we ask you to please stay home for two weeks and eliminate your interactions with those outside your household until we can flatten the curve.”

El Paso officials on Sunday warned that the city and county were now aggressively enforcing requirements to wear face masks and not have gatherings either at home or in public exceeding ten people. Authorities also reiterated they were cracking down on businesses failing to enforce social distancing guidelines and other safety practices.

"Enforcement will be applied to the fullest as well as fines issued to those who do not follow local health orders," said a statement issued Sunday by the city government, which directed residents to report any Covid-19 violations to the El Paso Police non-emergency line at 915-832-4400.

Complete health department Covid-19 data as well as testing information and resources can be found at epstrong.org.

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Jim Parker

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

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46 Comments

    1. The orange buffoon still hasn’t come up with a unified national response to the virus. Local officials aren’t doing any better. No one has gone to jail yet.

      1. Like a good U.S. President he left that up to the states nitwit. Last time I checked we have 50. No? Wear a mask, social distance and wash hands. How simple and unified is that.

          1. They didn’t say that exactly. They said they would have to act on their own since the orange buffoon showed himself to be incompetent.

          2. Wrong. They acted on their own way before Trump offered help and then would not cooperate with him. President Trump would never deliberately kill elderly in nursing homes by exposing them to the virus. Cuomo, Inslee and Newsome are all guilty of that. Get your facts straight moron.

      2. Biden says in video he has created ‘voter fraud organization’ Democratic nominee Joe Biden said his team has created “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics” in a recent video. “We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” Biden said in the video.

  1. No underlying conditions on any of the recent deaths? Despite the surge deaths are not consistent with the rise. There should be thousands dead by now. Keep up the COVID19 panic porn.

    1. Panic porn? Lol. Not only non educated but highly distasteful words. The uneducated group above just repeat what they hear and read. Low IQ

  2. He is not a good president. A good president would have come up with a unified national response. That’s why the orange buffoon is losing the job come November 3. Sleepy Joe would have come up with a national unified plan and would have left nothing up to the states which have proven their plans, standing alone, don’t work very well.

    1. Crazy Joe has no real track record showing that he would be a good President. 47 years of do nothing. You can stick your b.s unified theory up your rear end. You are so full of crap as usual. Joe is supposed to have a plan but he doesn’t. That is uncontested.

    2. Biden says in video he has created ‘voter fraud organization’ Democratic nominee Joe Biden said his team has created “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics” in a recent video. “We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” Biden said in the video.

      In short, F YOU

    3. n, as well as the democrap party are corrupt and Joe admits it: Biden says in video he has created ‘voter fraud organization’ Democratic nominee Joe Biden said his team has created “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics” in a recent video. “We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” Biden said in the video.

    4. A woman who says she was a victim of a notorious child sex offender is fighting to keep him from being removed from the state’s highest supervision program.

      Rhonda Kuykendall was notified by letter Monday that Mark Philip Turner, 72, is eligible for removal from the Super-Intensive Supervision Program, or SISP.

      Turner has been convicted of four child sex crimes in three states. In Texas, he has been out on parole since 2015 and living in a halfway house in El Paso under SISP, the state’s highest level of supervision. As part of the program, he is required to wear a real-time GPS monitor at all times. If he is removed from the program, Kuykendall fears he may come after her.

        1. No it is definitely affecting you and your psycho schizo BFF Alberto. Just look at all of his incoherent psycho rants. It’s COVID19 with a comorbidity of mental disease. LMAO.

    1. How about that 10 car and 7 pumpkin drive through concert rally at Bon Jovi’s concert this weekend for crazy Joe. Even Bon Jovi was freaked out that no one attended. JO HO 2020 is a total trainwreck.

          1. It’s 7 days 22 hours nitwit to see you cry like a baby. You get shriller and shriller because fossil fool Joe is going to lose. You’re the white trailer park trash.

    1. For better performance in a truck you need lower gearing nitwit. You ever here of 4 wheel drive with low and high? High octane gas doesn’t do any good unless you have a high performance engine that requires it. You are so stupid.

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