80 percent of El Paso COVID-19 hospitalizations are unvaccinated according to Health Authority

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in El Paso County is rising. Currently, there are 128 people hospitalized with the virus and 48 in ICU.

The City and County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza says the majority of those hospitalized are unvaccinated against the virus.

“About 8 out of 10 approximately are the people that end up in the hospital so 80 percent of those people who end up in the hospital could be prevented if they receive the vaccine,” said Dr. Ocaranza.

As for the Delta variant, on Thursday the city of El Paso reported 139 and there are 1,965 active cases. On Wednesday, the city reported 10 additional Delta variant cases.

The Public Health Department Director for the city of El Paso says there are more cases of the variant in El Paso than what has been reported.

“We do expect many other individuals to have the delta variant in the community,” said Angela Mora, the El Paso Public Health Department Director.

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