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1 new virus death, increase in ICU patients as El Paso’s top doctor says warnings not being heeded

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EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The El Paso Department of Public Health reported one new death, 114 new cases and an increase in hospitalizations Friday morning.

Health officials identified the latest victim as a man in his 60s with underlying health issues.

“Our hearts go out to this gentleman who lost his battle against this devastating virus, and to his family we send our sincerest condolences,” El Paso health authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza said. “This spike also clearly shows that many people did not heed our warnings during Mother’s Day weekend. We must each acknowledge that we are responsible for our own actions, which affects our friends and family. Why risk yours or their lives?”

The Covid-19 death toll now stands at 58. The number of patients hospitalized now stands at 119. Nine more people are in the ICU, bringing the total 65, and 22 of those patients are on ventilators.

There are 2,160 total cases, and of those 945 are active. 1,157 El Pasoans have recovered since the start of the pandemic.

El Paso city and county leaders expressed concern during a Thursday evening briefing on Covid-19 that the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend will fuel an ongoing surge in cases as people ignore warnings to avoid mass gatherings.

The Department of Public Health published all of the new data here.

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Mauricio Casillas

El Paso native Mauricio Casillas co-anchors ABC-7’s Good Morning El Paso.



  1. At least they didn’t blame it on the phased re-openings and Governor Abbott. In El Paso Easter bad. Mother’s Day bad. Memorial Day bad. Father’s Day bad.

  2. It’s going to run its course regardless. The Governor slowing down EP’s opening was about hospital space, nothing else. Just grin and bear it. Most can’t live in isolation forever and the treasury can’t just print money like the former USSR. We just need to keep the vulnerable and elderly protected.

  3. It will run its course in El Paso anyway. Since, like Dr. Ocaranza said, El Pasoans refuse to follow safety guidelines they will have to live with the virus being unmitigated here. We will be a petri dish in a couple more weeks while areas that followed directions will see a peak and decline in infection rates.

  4. The Governor’s mistakes will surface later if he miscalculated. It sounds like he opened up on solid data though. Who knows with this virus?

  5. Props to Casillas for a clear concise headline, no square roots and percents to make everything look worse. Is there any proof at all that the increase was from people not “social distancing” at mothers day get togethers specifically or is the Dr just assuming? Has he point traced any back to wal mart or they’re not gonna report on those outbreaks? They started to report the Sam’s Club one but stopped real quick. …wonder why? Telling people not to go see their mom’s what’s wrong with you.

  6. Why do you think El Paso has seen more increases in cases and deaths than all of Japan in 1 day? This is what you get when you live around a bunch of morons who vote for incompetent idiots. Why is America such a shithole? Because the people are trash and American culture is just raping and stealing from people and their families for profits. Thats all that ever matters. You all are being lied to and brainwashed by a govt. that is only serving money and profit over quality of life. If this is a hoax, then why is every other country in on it but America? Japan has less cases and deaths. Why are Americans getting hit so hard? If you think this is just a hoax then why did Trump fall for it so hard and why is he so powerless to stop it? Either way you all are a bunch of idiots for voting to destroy your own country by incompetence.

    1. Some people have too much time on their hands and this was way before stay at home order: fero2a, jamesben please stop immediately. #hotairbag

      1. Facts? Proof? As of May 22, 2020 the U.S. tests 40,749 per million. With a population of 330 million. Well over 11 million have been tested to date. China and S. Korea are not even in the top 10 countries for COVID-19 testing the U.S. is. Get your facts straight moron. Your nose continues to grow. Italy does beat the U.S. at 53,000 per million but does not have the population the U.S. has. End of class moron.

  7. He didn’t exactly say it was a hoax, but he ignored the intelligence community and health officials until it was to late to contain it. The man is not competent and is unfit for office.

    1. See you proved my point. You recall he was fighting a bogus impeachment so blame Pelosi and the Democrats for any timeliness issues. They are more to blame than Trump. His COVID-19 warning was in the SOTU address on February 4. Pelosi was too busy being a witch and tearing up the SOTU. Also you can blame that feckless Veronica Escobar. What has she done for her district? Nada?

  8. ‘man in his 60s with underlying health issues’

    Isolation would have saved him. Depending on people using masks and social distancing won’t and didn’t.

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