JUAREZ, Mex. (KTSM) — Chihuahua State Health Officials announced an additional five COVID-19 deaths in Juárez Saturday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 157. Forty-five of those were just in the last seven days.
Authorities also said there were ten new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 625. Dr. Arturo Valenzuela, the health department director in Juárez, estimated up to 7,000 diagnosed and undiagnosed COVID-19 cases in the State of Chihuahua Friday, indicating a massive lack of testing capacity.
Overall, the state of Chihuahua is reporting a total of 200 deaths and 1,036 cases.
The rising death toll comes as Juárez prepares to reopen some businesses and industries. A committee is crafting a plan to outline the phases for reopening the economy in Juárez over the weekend. Details of the plan will be announced Monday.
However, Mayor Armando Cabada has already told 50% of his municipal workforce to return to their duties on Monday, and some maquiladora operators are under the impression they can open at 25% capacity on Monday.
Border Report’s Julian Resendiz and Roberto Delgado contributed to this report.