EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Mayor Oscar Leeser and County Judge Ricardo Samaniego held a joint news conference on Wednesday on Covid-19 in the Borderland.

According to City/County officials majority of the new cases of COVID in the southwest region are Omicron.

“Omicron is over 90 percent of all the covid-19 cases today, so that’s really important to know that its more contagious it spreads quicker.”

Our current hospitalization rate is at 26.47% and local schools are reporting 20% of their absences are COVID-related.

When asked about city and hospital staff shortages, Leeser says that first responders don’t have as many options as others.

“Our first responders are doctors, they don’t call in sick, that’s not an option for them they have to be there to provide a service and they have to make sure that you and i and everyone in our community is safe.”

For Judge Samaniego, he is urging residents to make sure they are doing what they can to stop the virus from spreading.

“The way you can help us on coexisting with the virus is obviously the vaccinations making sure you get your booster making sure that you are made vigilant to the surroundings and learn as much as you can.”

Despite the rising numbers the mayor and county judge said that there are no plans to shut down businesses or schools.

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