EL PASO, Texas – El Paso city, district and health leaders A conference was held Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the Govt-19 status of the community.
They issued a warning word about avoiding family gatherings and house parties before the Labor Day holiday weekend, and a reminder to follow state and local health orders.
“Every time we have a holiday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, the fourth of July, we have a positive increase because of the lack of discipline with family gatherings,” Mayor De Marco said.
With 80% Hispanic district, El Paso has a very vulnerable minority population, especially going into the flu season, Marco explained.
County Judge Ricardo Samaniko also quickly reacted to past outbreaks of the corona virus that bound the three-day weekend.
“Our community in El Paso, we don’t need another uprising. The potential for an uprising is always there this holiday season,” Samaniko said.
No corona virus deaths were reported Wednesday with El Paso reporting Eight additional Govt-19 deaths Thursday.
72 new virus cases have been reported, and another 107 additional deaths are “under investigation.” But the number of hospital admissions and ICU patients is low.
City-County Health Commission Dr. Hector O’Connor says the upcoming flu season will be easier to deal with if El Pasoans follow ethics such as social exclusion, wearing masks and getting tested.
“If we come together as a community and we come together and protect each other, we can move in a safer way this winter,” O’Connor said.
Thursday’s conference came a day later Okaranza told ABC-7 He is still “excited” for El Paso children to return to school classrooms, even though authorities know they are “at risk.”