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‘Life or death situation’: El Paso has 125 virus cases, mayor encourages face masks & temperature checks

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County's number of confirmed virus cases jumped by ten to 125 on Monday, officials said at a news conference.

"More than half the cases we have are young adults," said City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza, who worried that the younger population could infect older people who are more susceptible to dying from the virus.

"It's a life or death situation," maintained Mayor Dee Margo.

He encouraged residents to wear face coverings, but noted it was only a recommendation - not a requirement. However, he said the 'stay home' order remained mandatory and called it "critical to this community."

The mayor also strongly advised all essential businesses still in operation to conduct temperature checks of their employees at the start of the work day - and send home anyone with signs of potential fever.

"We're on the cusp of suppressing this," Margo said of the virus, but only if people continue to remain home over the next couple weeks and limit themselves to only essential outings.

"We're 2 1/2 weeks away from the peak," Margo explained, "and we hope and pray to get through this with no death."

Added Ocaranza: "There is one goal -- saving lives."

Of the 125 cases, Ocaranza said 27 were currently hospitalized and 10 of those in intensive care; 18 patients had recovered from the virus.

At least 1,500 residents had been tested for the virus to date, officials indicated.

Below is the latest case locator map and demographic information for those cases that came back positive.

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  1. I’m not a doctor so I recommend that all people in El Paso Texas should wear any type of face covering cloth covering the nose and mouth, and avoid large gatherings since I still see some people on the street of El Paso in groups of 5 or more in a family group.

  2. If people aren’t traveling, sounds our uptick in cases stems from people getting “home grown” cases from not staying home and/or not practicing social distancing and hand washing.

    1. The big difference is President Trump will be reelected. RINO Margo is on his way out. Margo effed up when he went on CNN (Communist News Network) to bad mouth President Trump last year.

    1. Liberals: Trump is a dictator

      Also Liberals: Why isn’t Trump being a dictator and making all the states shut down and closing the grocery stores?

      Hypocrites.

      1. THE ORIGINAL CACAMAGA SAYS: JUST FEED ME FOR FREE AND LET ME STAY AT HOME AND FAKE A MILITARY INJURY. LOL LOTS OF THEM LAZY FOLK AROUND. MY EARPLUGS ARE DEFECTIVE! MORE MONEY. LOL

      1. What a moron! You know all about easy street being a section 8 welfare queen. Easy street for you was joining the Navy and then getting kicked out. Alberto the lazy bigot and racist.

  3. MAMON357, MADPUTA, KPUTO, AND FEROMECO ARE A BUNCH OF WHITE FREE LOADERS LIVING OFF THAT NICE MILITARY TIT. SITTING AT HOME AND THEIR STUPID WIVES WORKING. THE NEW AMERICAN SOLDIER.

  4. I BET FERO2A AND HIS BUDDIES ARE 1ST IN LINE FOR THE “MALFUNCTIONING” EAR PLUGS AND ITS HANDOUT. LOL. LOSERS NEED TO GET FED LIKE BABY KITTENS.

  5. NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THE OLE GOVERNMENT WORKMANS COMP. BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS. THE LOUDMOUTHS LIKE MADMIKE AND HIS LAZY MEN ARE SCREAMING “LOOK AT US”

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