The El Paso Department of Health reported 7 new deaths due to the coronavirus Tuesday morning.
All of the patients had underlying health conditions. They include:
- 1 male in his 40s
- 2 males in their 60s
- 2 males in their 70s
- 1 male in his 80s
- 1 female in her 90s
There have been 307 deaths reported across the county.
Public health officials also announced an increase of coronavirus infections.
A discrepancy was found in Tuesday’s reporting of COVID-19 infections numbers being reported by the city of El Paso.
Over the last three weeks there has been a delay in reporting postive COVID-19 infections for El Paso.
Local health officials and the state-run testing sites worked to correct the number of infections.
For week July 19 to July 25 there were 1,670 postive cases of the virus.
Week 31, July 26 to August 1, there were 1,686 postive cases of the virus.
Then August 2 to 8, there were 1,704 postive cases of the virus.
On July 15, the state-run testing sites transitioned to a new contractor. HONU took over the testing operation from the Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team.
“The State and the contractor have been working diligently to address the City’s concerns,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jorge A. Rodriguez, Emergency Management Coordinator. “The State and contractor have significantly improved the wait times at the three State-managed locations; and they have also identified and corrected process delays in issuing the results, so the community will now be able to get their test results back in 3 to 5 days.”
El Paso County has seen 16,936 infections, since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the total reported cases, 4,241 were considered active.
As of Tuesday morning, 208 patients were hospitalized, 75 were being treated in an intensive care unit, and 35 were on ventilators.
There have been 12,388 patients who have reportedly recovered from the virus.
State testing has been extended through August 29. The sites are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following dates and locations:
- Nations Tobin Recreation Center; 8831 Railroad Dr., El Paso, TX
- El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Dr., El Paso, TX
- Socorro ISD Student Activities Complex, 1300 Joe Battle Blvd., El Paso, TX
The public is reminded to check their junk/spam email folders for the emailed test results. Individuals without an email address, will receive a phone call.
For additional assistance regarding HONU results please email [email protected] or call the help line at 1-844-778-2455.
For more information about alternative testing locations click here or visit www.EPStrong.org.
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