Two UTEP employees test positive for COVID-19, total in El Paso now at 12

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced two additional positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total to 12 in El Paso County.

UTEP said the two patients are male employees who traveled to an out-of-town event on Thursday, March 12. The University says both men are in self-isolation and are recovering at home.

One of the employees had limited access to the Foster Stevens Basketball Center and the Larry K. Durham Sports Center on March 13. Both facilities have been isolated and have been cleaned regularly with disinfectant, according to the University.

As KTSM previously reported, the UTEP Men’s and Women’s Basketball team was in Frisco, Texas to play in the Conference USA Tournament March 12 before it was canceled due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak. The women’s team was in Frisco from March 10-13 and men were there from March 11-12. The University has not said whether the infected employees were on the basketball trip or not.

The El PasoDepartment of Public Health says the new number of positive cases does not include the four positive cases reported on Fort Bliss. The addition of the two new cases brings the total number of positive patients to 33 throughout the El Paso – Juarez – Las Cruces region.

  • El Paso – 12
  • Fort Bliss – 4
  • Doña Ana County – 13
  • Juarez – 4

Monday, New Mexico enacted a stay at home order and El Paso followed Tuesday. The orders in El Paso County will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday night. Similarly, the State of Chihuahua enacted an order limiting business and activities in Juarez Tuesday.

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