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El Paso’s top doctor warns return to school classrooms will trigger new virus risk for families

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso's top medical expert voiced concerns on Monday about a possible new source of Covid-19 cases.

Appearing before City Council, Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza made it clear that once distance learning in public schools comes to a close, the flow of kids into classrooms could trigger new infections.

More specifically, his concern is that once students go back, the city will see a jump in pediatric Covid cases, as well as overall cases.

"One thing I want to mention is that we will expect to see an increase in positives as school starts with in-person instruction," Dr. Ocaranza said. "Once we start the in-person instruction we will see an increase in the positive cases. But also we will see an increase on the pediatric population which is going to be below 20 years of age."

The doctor and his team intend to begin monitoring pediatric hospitalizations, noting that the medical community is still working to get a clearer picture of how the virus reacts around children.

Also, there is a specific reason why this could lead to even bigger problems in the Borderland.

"We know that our particular situation in El Paso is such that we have many multi-generational homes and we have a lot of the grandparents taking care of our children. Those are the ones where we are going to be sending messages to about being careful, and as soon as the children come back from school they need to practice good hygiene."

To better avoid the possibility of a spike in cases, the doctor is urging those multi-generational households to keep a strict system that emphasizes returning students thoroughly wash their hands before touching anything else in the house.

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Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is an ABC-7 reporter who co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.



  1. Similar to all the low class gringos that brought and married Japanese women. Nothing against the jap women. I personally feel they are great people. But them gringos are hardcore against things then they act otherwise. Lol. Flip flopper weak raised pendejos. Their women don’t like them and choose blacks. Says it all. Weak losers like madmike and his buddies. Ya ain’t good enough. Mouth flappers. Yo time is up. Biden2020!!!!

  2. If kids in other parts of the country (mostly in the hillbilly states) are triggering out breaks upon returning to school in person, its not too far fetched to think the same would happen here.

    1. Sooner or later the kids will be back in school. 66% of parents want them back in school with effective COVID19 precautions. Otherwise they will wind up as blithering idiots like you moron with your bogus internet on-line education. BTW – Your fake news is getting boring.

        1. It’s fake news markturner the buffoon. You are not a parent so you wouldn’t know. 99% of the CPS cases are from non Trump supporters on welfare and indulge in domestic violence/child abuse in El Paso. Plus they vote Democrap. Back to the drawing board moron.

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