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3 new virus deaths as hospitalizations soar in El Paso

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Heath care workers walk patients through self-administered Covid-19 testing at a Walmart drive-thru testing site in El Paso.

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The El Paso Department of Public Health on Friday reported three additional coronavirus deaths and 276 new cases, the second largest single-day spike.

There were 13 more hospitalizations Friday morning, with the total number of those in hospitals with the virus more than doubling in just 10 days.

The latest virus fatalities included two men in their 80s and a woman in her 90, health officials said.

There have now been 135 deaths in El Paso. The total number of known cases now stands at 6,665, of those 2,303 are considered active -- a new all-time high. The health department reported 4,227 people have recovered.

Hospitalizations continue to surge, reaching a new a peak Friday of 193. In just the past week, El Paso hospitals have admitted 75 new Covid-19 patients.

However, the number of ICU patients decreased by five to 69. There are 25 patients on ventilators, which also dropped by five.

For a complete look at the city's coronavirus data, click here.

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El Paso native Mauricio Casillas is a former co-anchor of ABC-7’s Good Morning El Paso.


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