For several weeks the Department of Public Health has been monitoring and preparing for any local cases of COVID-19.

As of Friday, February 28, 2020, El Paso Health Officials said that there were no known cases of the disease within a 500-mile radius of our area.

According to health officials, there are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. However, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) is a new disease that has not previously been seen in humans. COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

The prevention methods recommended for this disease are similar to other communicable diseases such as the common cold or even the flu. Health officials ask that the public continue to practice the following:

  • Regular and thorough hand washing
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay home if sick
  • Call ahead to doctors’ offices and hospitals, if possible, and let them know your signs and symptoms so that the provider can best prepare for your arrival at their facility

Health advisories have been issued to local physicians, providers, hospitals, and members of the business community.

Stay informed by following the webpage dedicated to COVID-19 information which is available in both English and Spanish via EPHealth.com and EPSalud.com.

Information specialists with the 2-1-1 Call Center are available to answer questions regarding the disease, 24/7.