EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — In a joint news conference on Monday, Mayor Oscar Leeser and County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said El Paso is heading in the right direction when it comes to COVID-19.
El Paso is focusing heavily on vaccination efforts as the city sees fewer positive cases. On Sunday, for example, there were fewer than 100 cases reported.
Leeser said 41 percent of the community has received a vaccine and 25 percent is fully vaccinated, leading many cities in the state and even the nation. In recent weeks, the county has stepped up efforts to vaccinate those in rural areas.
On Friday, the city of El Paso announced that it had received 12,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The city is partnering with the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) and Texas Military to administer an additional 1,200 to 1,800 vaccines each week to individuals pre-registered at EPCovidVaccine.com.
Leeser and Samaniego praised the community for responding to their calls to continue wearing masks and to socially distance. They again asked the community to continue doing so to help prevent spikes in cases and hospitalization numbers.
To see the news conference in full, watch in the player below: