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Here is the latest news on coronavirus in El Paso for the weekend, April 11-12.
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Presumptive positive coronavirus cases in El Paso
There are269 COVID-19 cases and two confirmed deaths in El Paso County as of Saturday evening.
There are 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Juarez. Nine people have died from the virus in Juarez, according to the Chihuahua state health department.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting 13,484 cases and 271 confirmed coronavirus deaths in the state.
There are 1,174 cases in New Mexico, including 49 in Doña Ana County. There are 19 coronavirus deaths in the state.
Governor Abbott extends disaster declaration for coronavirus
Governor Greg Abbott today extended his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19 on Saturday.
Originally issued on March 13th, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to serve Texans as the state continues to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
"By extending my Disaster Declaration, we are ensuring the state of Texas continues to have adequate resources and capabilities to support our communities and protect public health," said Governor Abbott. "I urge all Texans to continue practicing social distancing and abide by the guidelines laid out by the CDC and my Executive Orders to slow the spread of COVID-19."
El Paso coronavirus cases rise to 269
The City of El Paso is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number to 269, the number of deaths remains at two.
Positive cases include 139 females and 130 males. There are now 56 patients hospitalized and 22 in ICU.
“The number of cases has increased and will continue increasing, but we are grateful that we did not have to report any deaths today and we remain hopeful that the community heeds our warnings to please stay home and not go out unless absolutely essential,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority.
“Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, is a day that would typically involve large gatherings at parks or in homes; but we implore the community to heed our warnings and not get together. Even if you think you are healthy, you may still be a carrier and not have symptoms. A complete disregard for the seriousness of this virus might put your loved ones in peril.”
The city is reminding everyone to stay indoors and the Stay HOme, Work Safe order is still in place. El Pasoans are urged to use social media and internet applications to visit with family and friends virtually.
Here is a breakdown of the positive cases by age:
4 are 12 and younger10 in their teens48 in their 20s54 in their 30s47 in their 40s51 in their 50s27 in their 60s17 in their 70s4 in their 80s7 in their 90s
The Public Health Department is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 269, the number of deaths remains at 2. There are now 56 patients who are hospitalized, and 22 of those hospitalized are currently in ICU.
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— elpasotxgov (@ElPasoTXGov) April 11, 2020Sun Metro increases safety measures
Sun Metro strongly encourages passengers with mobile disabilities to schedule rides through LIFT services. This will be effective on Monday, April 13.
Fixed-route passengers with mobility devices are encouraged to schedule rides by contacting LIFT services.
Registration is not required and services through LIFT are free and be used for essential travel only.
LIFT Call-In Services
Passengers must contact Sun Metro LIFT Services at least one day before their desired scheduled pick-up time through the following options:
Realtor Laura Spears takes a video of a home with her phone for a prospective buyer Thursday, April 9, in El Paso.
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Major El Paso coronavirus news from Friday, April 10
El Paso officials on Friday reported the second COVID-19 death in the county, a woman in her 70s. The number of cases in the community jumped to 252.
It was also announced that the city of El Paso and other community entities will receive a combined more than $95 million in federal grant funding to help with COVID-19 response.
Second COVID-19 death reported in El Paso
El Paso health officials are reporting the second death in El Paso County from COVID-19, a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions.
There are 27 new coronavirus cases in the city. The total number of cases is 252. There are 52 patients hospitalized, 21 of which are in ICU, according to the City of El Paso Public Health Department.
“Today is another somber day for our community, our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected families,” said City/County Health Authority Hector Ocaranza. “It is imperative that we stay home as ordered and continue observing social distancing and other preventive measures we have mentioned over and over, such as washing hands, not touching your face and especially social distancing.”
U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar announces grant money for El Paso
The City of El Paso and other entities received more than $95 million in federal grant funding to help with their response to COVID-19, El Paso U.S. Rep Veronica Escobar announced Friday.
The funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which provides $2 trillion stimulus. Here are the groups who received funding, according to Escobar's office:
Department of Health and Human Services:
Project Vida Health Center: $839,274Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.: $950,321Centro San Vicente: $1,102,568
Department of Housing and Urban Development:
City of El Paso: $5,750,853Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo: $549,919
Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration:
El Paso Region: $40,781,532
Department of Education:
University of Texas at El Paso: $24,827,599Southwest University at El Paso: $239,538El Paso Community College: $16,590,145Western Technical College at El Paso: $3,503,977Tri-State Cosmetology Institute: $322,549CLOSE
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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When will stimulus checks arrive?
[11:04 a.m.] A certified public accountant at TurboTax told USA Today the first round of $1,200 stimulus payments are expected to come the week of April 13.
Lisa Greene-Lewis, the TurboTax accountant, said the first rounds of payments will prioritize low-income Americans and Social Security beneficiaries, according to the news report.
Read more here about the stimulus checks, who's eligible and how to receive the funds.
COVID-19 changes the way Holy Week is celebrated
Across the state, faith leaders are adapting to life during the coronavirus outbreak and sending a message of hope, renewal to their congregations. Leaders, including those in El Paso, are finding ways to worship while practicing social distancing.
El Paso County has first death related to COVID-19
Mayor Dee Margo announced the first COVID-19 death in El Paso, a man in his 80s who died in the hospital. Margo said there are 225 positive cases in the county.
Dr. Hector Ocaranza, city/county health authority, said epidemiological investigations identified instances of residents gathering and where some in those groups were infected with the virus.
Ocaranza also noted that there has been testing done through drive-thru and private providers. He gave an estimation of the number of tests conducted in El Paso.
“We have been trying to collect all that information, and we have an approximate number of 3,500 tests that have been done in El Paso,” Ocaranza said.
Asst. Fire Chief Jorge Rodriguez explained how officials arrived at that figure.
"We were able to communicate with not all of the private labs but a few individual ones, and they did have significant numbers that were returned to us," Rodriguez said. "That does include all positive and negative cases in total."
Otero County Processing Center employee, detained migrant contract COVID-19
An employee and a detained migrant have contracted the novel coronavirus COVID-19 at the Otero County Processing Center, according to Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso.
“Obviously this is a troubling situation which can escalate quickly in ways that will put detained persons, facility staff and surrounding communities at risk,” Las Americas said in a statement.
“ICE and management at Otero have a responsibility to take immediate steps to secure the safety and well being of all of these persons,” the statement said.
An ICE spokeswoman said she couldn't immediately confirm the reported coronavirus cases.
School districts close for Good Friday, including meal services
El Paso County schools districts will not offer pickup meal services on Friday, since they are closed for Good Friday. The nine public school districts will resume the take-home meal service Monday, April 13, and hours and locations can be found here.
When One Grub Community was forced to close for Coronavirus, the restaurant's garden continued to grow. They're now selling boxes filled with herbs and veggies on a pay-what-you-can basis. The suggested donation is $20.
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Fort Bliss issues stay-at-home order
Fort Bliss issued a stay-at-home order Wednesday for all military, personnel and families on the post to include all training areas, William Beaumont Army Medical Center and all government housing areas.
The order states residences are restricted to the assigned members of the household, with exception of childcare, home healthcare and eldercare workers. Travel to off-post facilities is limited to essential activities or to perform work in an essential business or government service.
All soldiers must remain at their normal place of residence between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The curfew applies to soldiers living in barracks, on-post family housing, and off-post private residences.
Service members also can not go to off-post bars and other businesses closed by the city of El Paso. Individuals may go out for physical fitness as long as its in low-density areas where social distancing can be followed. All playgrounds on the post are closed.
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, 2020Scenic Drive closes 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 down by the city on Saturday. The closure is until further notice. The city's stay-at-home order also closed parks and bans gatherings.
New program provides jobless restaurant workers shifts at Food Bank
Restaurant workers affected by the closing of businesses can get wages doing shifts for the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
The El Paso Community Foundation announced Tuesday the Get Shift Done for El Paso initiative. The initiative will provide wages of $10 an hour to hospitality workers left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic.
Workers can register for shifts at https://www.getshiftdone.org/el-paso-worker-sign-up.
To donate to the program go to https://payments.epcf.org/getshiftdone.
How to get tested for coronavirus in El Paso
The city of El Paso Department of Public Health on Friday released a step-by-step process on how the public can be tested for the coronavirus. Here's more information about the process.
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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 may 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.
Coronavirus safety tips
The CDC lists on their website safety tips everyone should follow:
Clean hands oftenAvoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed handsCover cough and sneezesPractice social distancing by putting space between yourself and othersStay home if you're sickWear a facemask when around others if you're sickClean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
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