EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso has seen surges in COVID-19 cases after every holiday since the pandemic started. City officials say they don’t yet know how El Paso fared for the Labor Day holiday, but results for that period should be available sometime next week.
During a COVID-19 update from Regional Emergency Preparedness and the Department of Health officials on Thursday afternoon, Mayor Dee Margo said the city issued 10 citations and 50 warnings to businesses for not complying with local health orders.
City officials health officials also said that El Paso’s COVID numbers are starting to stabilize.
Dr. Hector Ocaranza, with the City/County Health Authority, said that El Paso’s hospitalization rate, as well as the number of people that are in the ICU and on ventilators, is declining.
To help combat a possible twindemic of COVID-19 and the flu, officials encouraged El Pasoans to get a flu shot.
And as more students return to school in person, Ocaranza encouraged parents to keep kids home if they are sick and to teach kids to wear facemasks and follow other safety protocols.
El Paso officials from the Office of Regional Emergency Preparedness and the Department of Health will provide a COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon.
The news conference will be held virtually at 3 p.m. Thursday. You can watch the meeting below:
Earlier Thursday, the Department of Health reported 72 new COVID-19 cases, three additional deaths and four weeks-old cases.
The death toll is currently 452, and the total number of confirmed cases is 21,335.