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El Paso surges more than 16,000 virus cases



El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso health officials reported 132 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the number of cases to date in El Paso County to 16,040.

In addition to the new cases, 5 deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 291. The death toll includes 3 men in their 70s and 2 men in their 90s. In El Paso County, the number of male deaths greatly exceeds the number of COVID-19 deaths.

After three weeks of declining positive virus results, El Paso reported an increase of 13.2% this week compared to last week, with 1,630 new cases this week, resulting in 22 deaths. The rolling 7-day positive rate is now 12.02%, showing an increase in the positive rate of community tests. New York City data also showed that 22% of positive cases were asymptomatic.

The number of hospitalizations on Saturday continued its five-day downward trend. There are now 234 hospitalizations, which is the lowest number since July 6, when the number of hospitalizations began to rise sharply. There are 78 patients in the intensive care unit and 38 patients on ventilator. The number of patients on the ventilator jumped five times overnight.

New York City also reported the number of patients who lived in New Mexico, Mexico or elsewhere who were treated in El Paso or died in El Paso regional hospitals. According to the data, the other three deaths not reported in the New York City data were Mexican men. Since the pandemic began, three women and eleven men in New Mexico have also died in hospitals in the El Paso area.

A complete classification of all city data can be found on its website www.elpasostrong.org/results.php.



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