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El Paso’s top doctor warns of ‘apathy’ as daily double-digit virus case growth continues: 531 total cases, 8 deaths


EL PASO, Texas -- For the sixth day in a row, El Paso County saw a double-digit increase in the number of new coronavirus infections, with 26 additional cases on Sunday for a total to date of 531.

The death toll was unchanged at eight, officials said.

There were 29 El Pasoans hospitalized on Sunday due to the virus, with health leaders saying eight of those patients were in intensive care units.

City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza warned that "apathy" among El Pasoans could fuel the virus outbreak further, causing it "to spread like wild fire in our community."

“The worst thing that we can do is become complacent and think that this pandemic is starting to slow down and become irrelevant,” he said Sunday, again urging people to comply with the city and county stay-at-home orders and obey social distancing guidelines.

He added, "We all want this to be over but it is going to take some time and determination to make sure we keep this virus in check.”

Below is the latest case locator map and other demographic information on the virus outbreak as provided by the health department.

Jim Parker

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



  1. It’s so sad to see my city act the way the do.
    Social distancing is a joke here in El Paso.
    Go to any Walmart you can count 10-20 people every aisle,
    It’s not going to get better anytime soon.
    I even saw people gathering at gas stations, now that’s ridiculous.

  2. Not sure which edge of Texas Walmart the above named Is going to. But at my area Walmart, we are responsible. We are abiding by the 6ft rule and if we see someone breaking that rule we politely correct them. Maybe you should try that yourself instead of joining the loser group of El Paso constantly bashing out town. Be productive instead of a whiner.

  3. Dr. Hector Ocaranza, how else do ypu suggest we should feel?? Give us solutions and not highlight the problem. We have been through most emotions already, as a doctor how do you suggest we should feel?? It a dumb comment tbh, especially coming from an MD. Provide solutions, be part of the solution.

  4. Sadly I think Hector Ocaranza doesn’t have the critical thinking skills to evaluate the problem and come up with an answer independently. It is easy to say we should keep everything shut down. It’s what everyone else is saying. So he’s not sticking his neck out by saying the same. But it’s not the right thing to say. This virus will exist several months from now Hector. Are you planning to shut us down until every last strand of virus is eliminated? Dumb. Really dumb. We all know that is not going to happen this year, if ever. We also know that one person can spread the virus all over the globe. There are multiple strains of the virus to contend with as well. What should you do? Glad you asked JERK!!! Do the sensible thing. Close schools until fall. Elderly people and the immunocompromised need to stay home. Everyone else get back to work, if they like. For anyone that wants to continue staying home, no one is stopping you.

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