City of El Paso Confirms 6 More Cases of Coronavirus
UPDATE (3/31): Health officials confirmed four new cases Tuesday night. The total is now 50.
El Paso public health authorities reported six new coronavirus cases on Monday (3/30). The additional cases added to the five reported Sunday means there is now a total of 46 confirmed COVID-19 cases in El Paso County.
Officials also confirmed "community spread" on Sunday, meaning the source of infection in some of the positive cases is unknown. Before Sunday, previously confirmed cases were believed to be travel-related.
The six additional cases reported Monday are three females and three male. Of the forty six total positive cases in El Paso County, 29 are female and 17 male.
City leaders reiterated Monday that "more stringent" measure will be announced Tuesday (3/31) in an effort to contain, or at the very least slow, the spread of infections.
“As we now have evidence of community spread (the new) orders which staff are working to finalize are essential now more than ever to help halt the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, El Paso City/County Health Authority. “For these measures to be as effective as possible, it is important that residents of all ages answer the call to remain at home unless they need to leave as a necessity.”