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13 more El Paso virus deaths occur as top doctor makes final plea to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings

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EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The El Paso Department of Public Health reported 13 new coronavirus-related deaths Thursday morning, as officials made one last plea urging El Pasoans to stay home this Thanksgiving and not gather with people from outside your household.

“We want to again remind the community to keep our families safe this holiday,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, El Paso's City-County Health Authority. “(This) is typically a day to gather and celebrate with our immediate and extended families and friends, but we must remember that being in close contact and in closed settings with others not from the same household places you and them in danger of getting Covid-19."

The 13 latest deceased included:

  • 1 man in his 50s
  • 6 men in their 60s
  • 2 women in their 60s
  • 1 man in his 70s
  • 2 men in their 80s
  • 1 women in her 90s

Their deaths brought the death toll to 918 in El Paso County.

Health officials also reported 406 new cases and 136 "delayed" positive results.

The number of active cases decreased slightly to 36,584. Since the start of the pandemic there have been 83,993 confirmed cases in El Paso, with 45,944 reported recoveries.

Hospitalizations fell from 1,002 to 971. There are 312 patients in the ICU, which is up by 11 from Wednesday.

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

Edwin Delgado

Edwin Delgado is an ABC-7 producer.

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