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Congresswoman Escobar, El Paso County Commissioners hold town hall to discuss virus response

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County Commissioner's Court met in special session on Wednesday for a town hall discussion hosted by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar on community response to Covid-19. (You can watch a replay the video player above.)

Escobar shared concerns over the impact El Paso will see due to the county's unique population.

She said with El Paso having a population that's 83% Hispanic and 4% African American, it presents major challenges since there have been more deaths and hospitalizations within minority populations across the U.S.

"In the minority communities throughout the country, African American, Latino and other groups are being devastated by this virus," she noted.

As far as testing, Escobar said neighboring Dona Ana County in New Mexico is testing at 5% of the population, while El Paso is testing at just 2.5% of the population.

"Clearly the level of testing right not is not sufficient and given the level of vulnerability," she explained. "I believe that testing should be given on a large scale in your region to identify the positives as quickly as possible."

The congresswoman said she hoped that in the future officials would create an international tri-state strategy to address the pandemic as a region to include El Paso, Dona Ana County and Mexico's Ciudad Juarez.

Medical experts Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Dr. James Hildreth, who also participated in the forum, offered their insights on what the El Paso region needs to do to aggressively fight the virus.

“Across the country, Latinos, African Americans, and other minority groups are being devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. That is why there needs to be a preemptive strategy to protect vulnerable populations and save lives,” explained Dr. Hildreth. “It is unethical to reopen our economy without providing the resources and means to empower vulnerable populations to take care of themselves and their loved ones.”

“In order to reopen our economy, states must target resources to vulnerable populations and meet identifiable benchmarks to reduce the spread of coronavirus,” added Dr. Gottlieb. “To prevent additional outbreaks and another epidemic, communities must open in a prudent and staged fashion, after the sustained reduction in new cases and hospitalizations, and when communities have in place the tools to manage illnesses, screening capacity, and the ability to do tracking and tracing.”

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  1. Lol. There is a mobile China Virus testing location LITERALLY 150 yards from Rep. Horse Face Escobar’s HOME/side door. (I live like right next to her, few houses over)
    Like a 3 minute walk.
    What do these lunatics REALLY WANT?
    Oh ya, bankrupt businesses, idle workers and enhanced “gubbermint” hand-outs – designed to CREATE MORE GOV’T DEPENDENCY, the “Democrat Way.”

  2. I really don’t care what most politicians have to say, be it Trump or Escobar. The doctors I’ll listen to. At the end of the day, the only politician that matters is Abbott, as he has the power in Texas, and by and large he’s doing good. Everything else we do should rely on common sense.

  3. Same ole pasty group above talking bad about their city. But they still stay! Lol. The secluded unhappy insignificant white group in El Chuco.

  4. Alberto the bigot and racist speaks. We stay in El Paso because of Ft. Bliss and all the earned benefits we get as military retirees. Something you know nothing about Alberto and can only dream about. LOSER!

    1. El Fo2A retired from the Army? Oye feo what was your MOS. Wait I know; your MOS was Underwater Mess kit Repairman. All the gibberish and childish comments are all due to Hypoxia you suffered during your MOS work fixing underwater mess kits. No Manches Feo!

        1. El Enojon Miguel is Psychic! Concentrate and tell me what I’m thinking about you know. Abrah Cadabra. You’re right, I’m thinking you left the Navy because you couldn’t stand being around so many good looking Sailors.

      1. Of course I did you dolt. 23 years in a combat arms MOS and then over 20 years federal civil service. You knew that when you used to troll El Paso Herald Post and then got banned forever so you came back to KVIA to troll. I invited you to the Ft. Bliss Rod & Gun but you chickened out. . What have you done other than enjoy a miserable life Alberto? Accomplishments?………crickets? LOSER! LMAO.

    2. Oye Feo. You are so uninformed. Did you know that as a military retiree you can live anywhere else that you want to in the US? But please live close to a VA clinic so they can treat you for Grumpiness. Calmate viejito!

      1. You are an idiot. I get regular medical care at William Beaumont AMC since I have tricare. Another good benefit of being a military retiree. You?…..crickets? Medicaid? Obamacare?

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