El Paso, TX

Important Information You Need to Know About COVID in El Paso, Texas

Tom Handy

Mayor Lesser and Judge Samaniego Screenshot from KFOX TV

This Texas city is receiving the COVID vaccine but the rates of COVID continues to affect people in this city. El Paso is the fourth highest city with the rate of COVID infections of 383 metro cities.

A week ago, no new COVID related deaths were reported but the number of cases is growing. The number of COVID deaths was reported as 2,496, and the cumulative case count rose to 132,355 - of which 2,523 are active infections.

The latest information on COVID infections and deaths in El Paso can be found here.

El Paso is providing vaccines at several locations in the city from hospitals to the military base, Fort Bliss. El Paso testing locations can be found here.

Walk up vaccine appointments are available Monday at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Piasano Drive.

Teenagers who are at least 16 years old are allowed to receive their vaccine shot.

Registration is available online at UMCelpaso.org and by phone at 915-975-8901 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

"More than half of eligible El Pasoans have now received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, and a third are fully vaccinated," El Paso Matters CEO Bob Moore wrote in his weekly examination of COVID data. "Still, the number of new infections has been stuck at a high level for five weeks and the number of people hospitalized because of the coronavirus is creeping back up."

Four days ago, El Paso County reported 27% of residents were fully vaccinated.

El Paso healthcare workers do no discriminate when providing the vaccine. Everyone is permitted to receive the vaccine whether they are citizens or immigrants.

"Anyone can take it," Alejandra Arrella said. "You don't need insurance — you don't need papers".

Arrella is a community outreach worker for UnidosUS, a Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. She and others try to inform the public every weekend. They go to flea markets, strip malls, food banks, and Hispanic grocery stores. There is a vaccine hesitancy among members of the Hispanic community.

El Paso COVID related deathsEl Paso Strong screenshot created on Canva

Governor Greg Abbott opened businesses on March 10, 2021 with his executive order.

It’s time to reopen Texas 100%,” Abbott said. “Everybody who wants to work should have that opportunity. Every business that wants to be open, should be open.”

Across the border, Juarez, Mexico, shut down businesses this weekend of April 24 and 25. Chihuahua state Health Secretary Eduardo Fernandez wanted to keep the COVID numbers down so they did not reach the high levels of October.

All non-essential businesses were closed including stores in shopping centers and malls, all dine-in service restaurants and all bars.

El Paso and Juarez residents make frequent travel across the border for business and family reasons.

The US restricted travel to Mexico through April 21 but this was recently extended to May 21 according to Customs and Border Patrol.

"The Department of Homeland Security extended the Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service between the United States, Canada and the respective notification for Mexico.
The restrictions outlined in the Notifications are temporary in nature and shall remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 21, 2021 unless otherwise rescinded by the Department of Homeland Security."

The El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser and El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego provided a COVID update Friday monring with their efforts to expand the vaccination efforts for the city.

Samaniego added that they wanted to ensure high school students, specifically seniors were vaccinated with their upoming graduations and proms.

The city is doing its best to help lower the COVID infection and deaths.

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