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County judge predicts more than 1,000 El Paso virus deaths by year’s end as he works to craft new plan

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego offered a dire coronavirus warning Wednesday evening about what we could see in the next two months.

“We're going to hit a thousand (deaths) easily before the end of the year... I think that's a low number,” he said. “Things are going to get bad before they get better.”

For perspective – El Paso has added 205 deaths to the official pandemic death toll so far here in November alone.

The judge said he plans to draft a new health order, one that he is currently coordinating with local businesses, to try to stem the tide of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

A state appeals court recently overturned Samaniego's prior order that shut down all non-essential businesses in the county for two weeks.

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Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.



  1. Meanwhile kvia is still promoting ‘Gayboys Stripper Review’ under the “community events” along with the drag night…….thought there was a plandemic going on

  2. When Samaniego starts paying my bills, then he will have a say about how many people I can have in my house, until then, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and kiss my ass Samaniego.

  3. The judge hopefully will be able to come up with something to protect El Pasoans from themselves. He has to work around an incompetent Republican administration in Austin though.

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