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El Paso shatters record with 540 reported cases; 7 more virus deaths

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EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The Department of Public Health has explained the seeming discrepancy in data that showed an increase of 540 new cases Tuesday morning, a new daily record for El Paso County.

At 9:44 a.m., more than two hours after announcing in a news release that there were 215 new cases Tuesday, the city explained in another news release that local health officials worked with the state to validate delayed local results conducted over the last three Centers for Disease Control weeks.

It added that, "the results have been retroactively placed in the appropriate CDC week and positivity rates for those weeks will be adjusted accordingly. "

Health officials also announced seven new deaths, bringing the death toll to 307. The latest deaths included...

  • Man in his 40s
  • 2 men in their 60s
  • 2 men in their 70s
  • Man in his 80s
  • Woman in her 90s
A screenshot of the City of El Paso's coronavirus dashboard. It shows 16,936 total cases, which is an increase of 540 from Monday. However, the dashboard shows an increase of 215 in the "New Cases" box. The city explained that it identified the results of delayed test results and added them in retroactively to the appropriate date when they were tested.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 16,936 confirmed cases in El Paso County with 12,388 reported recoveries. The number of known active cases now stands at 4,241, which is a new record.

Hospitalizations increased from 198 to 215. The number of ICU patients now stands at 75, with 35 patients on ventilators.

For a complete look at the health department's Covid-19 data for El Paso, click here.

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