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Covid cases and hospitalizations rise in El Paso County 

EL PASO, Texas -- Covid cases are rising and the city is seeing more hospital admissions. The city is rated as having a "high" community risk level due to the number of hospitalizations.

Since the beginning of May, cases have increased from 30 to 320 new cases, over a 7-day rolling average. That's according to an overview presented by city Manager Tommy Gonzalez at Tuesday's city council session.

According to the information presented, hospitalizations have increased from 25 to 65 admissions over the same 7-day rolling average. That is two and a half times higher than the hospital admissions in May.

Doctors recommend El Pasoans get boosted, continue social distancing, wear masks, and stay home if they're sick.

With cases on the rise, the city is planning to change the way COVID is monitored with a new Data Dashboard.

We put together a survey at San Jacinto Plaza to get an overall consensus about how El Pasoans are reacting to a spike in numbers.

"Well, I'm not worried because I think we're doing everything we can to be cautious," said Veronica Anchondo

"I think it's still concerning, but I think everyone is still gonna kind of make their own decisions right now," said Lety Knight.

"I'm not, because the vaccine has been out for a while now. I actually never got the vaccine. I never got sick," said Joshua Lopez.

"Well, we have an increase in those number of cases. Many people wish that there was no more Covid, but unfortunately, the Covid is still here. It's still gonna be very active and it's an opportunity to remind the people not to let their guard down," said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, El Paso County and City Health Authority.

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