The city issued a Stay Home, Work Safe order which went into effect Tuesday at midnight leaving much of El Paso looking like a ghost town.
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Here is the latest news on coronavirus in El Paso for the weekend, April 18-19.
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Presumptive positive coronavirus cases in El Paso
There are 531 confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight confirmed deaths in El Paso County as of Sunday evening.
There are 119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Juárez and 29 deaths.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting 18,923 cases and 477 coronavirus deaths in the state.
There are 1,845 cases in New Mexico, including 69 in Doña Ana County. There are 55 coronavirus deaths in the state.
El Paso adds 26 cases of COVID-19
El Paso public health officials reported at additional 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday evening.
There are a total of 531 confirmed cases in El Paso County. The number of deaths remains at eight.
There are 29 patients hospitalized Sunday, including eight in intensive care and seven on ventilators, officials said.
Health officials urge residents to not become complacent, follow stay-at-home directives and avoiding gatherings with anyone outside a person’s household, a news release stated.
Here is a breakdown of the positive cases by age:
15 are 12 and younger24 in their teens105 in their 20s98 in their 30s88 in their 40s89 in their 50s56 in their 60s36 in their 70s13 in their 80s7 in their 90s
Today, there are 26 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 531. The number of deaths remains at 8. There are now 29 patients who are hospitalized and 8 of those hospitalized are currently in ICU.
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— City of El Paso (@ElPasoTXGov) April 19, 2020El Paso airport to receive $15 million in coronavirus stimulus money
The El Paso International Airport will receive $15.4 million in federal stimulus funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar announced Friday in a news release. The funding will help the airport "mitigate financial losses arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Monica Lombraña, chief operations and transportation officer for the city.
Texas schools closed to students for remainder of 19-20 school year
Texas schools will remain closed for the remainder of this school year, Gov. Greg Abbott announced April 17 at a news conference. He said, "it would be unsafe for students to gather in schools for the foreseeable future."
His order applies to public, charter and private K-12 schools as well as higher education institutions.
Gov. Greg Abbott announces plan for reopening economy
Texas will begin reopening its economy in stages, Gov. Greg Abbott said on April 17 at a news conference, announcing a statewide "strike force" to aid in the process of opening more businesses.
State parks will reopen Monday, Abbott said. Visitors will be required to wear face masks and must keep 6 feet of distance from those who are not part of their household. Park visitors also cannot gather in groups larger than five.
All stores in the state will be allowed to reopen on April 24 using a "retail to-go" model, Abbott said. Reopened retailers will deliver goods to customers' cars or homes, but customers will not be able to go inside the business.
Juárez reports 88 COVID-19 cases
Chihuahua public health officials reported on April 17 88 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Juárez and 22 coronavirus-related deaths in the city. Fourteen of the cases have since recovered, officials said.
There are 128 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state of Chihuahua and 24 deaths, including one in Chihuahua City and other in Cuahutemoc.
Citations issued to El Pasoans for violating ordinance, gatherings continue
Data released by the city of El Paso shows 17 citations have been issued to El Pasoans for violating emergency orders. Residents cited by local law enforcement face a fine of up to $581.
The data show nearly 3,300 calls have been made by El Pasoans to local authorities complaining of neighbors violating gathering restrictions at homes and alleging businesses were not adhering to the city's emergency ordinance or implementing social distancing.
Representatives of the El Paso Health Department, Fire Marshal and Environmental Services made nearly 6,900 check-ins with businesses to see if they were complying with the city's ordinance between March 18 and April 6, according to city data.
El Pasoans asked to 'unite with light'
The city of El Paso is asking residents to show support for local medical professionals and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic by lighting their home's porch, balcony or windows at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The "Unite with Light" campaign will run every Friday, the city said in a news release.
In support of our medical professionals and 1st responders working to aid our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage residents to light their porch, apartment windows and balcony with candles, flashlights or any kind of light at 7:30PM every Friday #UniteWithLightEPpic.twitter.com/RqmbCERIoT
— elpasotxgov (@ElPasoTXGov) April 7, 2020Sun Metro increases safety measures
Sun Metro encourages passengers who use mobility devices to schedule rides through LIFT services.
Registration is not required and LIFT services are free, but must be used for essential travel only.
Passengers must contact Sun Metro LIFT Services at least one day before their desired scheduled pickup time through the following options:
Customer service phone number: 915-212-0100Customer service hours: Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.LIFT website: sunmetro.net/lift/scheduling-a-pick-upCLOSE
Anita Volf and Xavier Gonzales talk about how they are taking it one day at a time after both being laid-off recently Wednesday, April 1, in El Paso.
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Scenic Drive closed to public
Scenic Drive is closed to both vehicles and pedestrians as part of the city of El Paso's social distancing efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The popular mountain road was closed on April 4 until further notice.
Butterfield Trail Golf Club to close
The El Paso International Airport will close Butterfield Trail Golf Club by May 31 to reduce expenses and focus on essential airport operations, the city said in a news release Wednesday.
The airport has subsidized the course since 2008 through revenues generated through non-aviation development. Closing it will save the airport about $1 million per year, the city said.
“It is with a heavy heart that the fiscally-responsible decision to permanently close the course was made. I am extremely proud of Butterfield Trail Golf Club and the multiple awards it has earned,” said Monica Lombraña, chief operations and transportation officer.
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What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and some people don't have any symptoms at all. The most common symptoms resemble the flu and include fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some people also develop aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.
About 1 in 6 people become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing, according to the World Health Organization. If you experience fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your doctor.
Symptoms can appear anywhere between two to 14 days after exposure, with the average patient seeing onset at around five days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC coronavirus safety tips
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website offers safety tips:
Clean hands often.Avoid close contact.Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.Cover coughs and sneezes.Clean and disinfect.
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