As COVID-19 cases continue to be reported and those numbers rise in El Paso and the surrounding areas, it may seem like there’s nothing but bad news to report.  However, there IS some good news to pass along as coronavirus hospitalizations in the borderland have decreased by a few dozen since Tuesday.

On Tuesday, 288 COVID patients were hospitalized, as of the writing of this article, the number of coronavirus patients in area hospitals was down to 250.  While statistics of this type do tend to fluctuate, I think it’s important to take a moment to process anything that can be considered an improvement even if it only ends up being a temporary trend.  We’re all hoping that the number of those hospitalized continues to drop.

Out of those 250 patients, less than half of them (85) are in ICU beds here in El Paso. If you recall, it was only about a week and a half ago that the number of ICU beds available in all of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson counties was down to just 8, total, not 8 per county.  Additionally, hospitals began sending patients to off-site COVID recovery centers at several area nursing homes.  While those in ICU at that time weren’t all coronavirus patients, it is safe to say that COVID has been adding to the demand for medical resources hospitals have available.

Let’s continue to take care of each other by making sure we take care of ourselves.  If we do that, hopefully we’ll begin to see those COVID numbers decrease along with the hospitalization numbers.  Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, wear a mask in public, and remember that there’s nothing wrong with waving at somebody instead of hugging them right now.

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