The Latest Update on The COVID-19 Status in El Paso
The City of El Paso reports that another resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Today, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health reported that there are a total of seven positive cases in El Paso County along with three positive cases confirmed on Fort Bliss and another positive case in New Mexico.
This latest positive case involves a woman in her 50s who has domestic travel history - She is currently self-isolating and recovering at home.
As of this past Sunday, March 22nd, the Public Health Laboratory, which conducts tests for the region, has tested approximately 123 specimens.
Public health officials are reminding the public that COVID-19 is not an airborne disease. It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs. Preliminary information about COVID-19 shows that about 80 percent of cases are mild and most people do not need hospitalization. However, older adults and people with underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are at a greater risk of complications.
The El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to urge residents to follow prevention measures such as washing our hands and by self-isolating as much as possible. For the latest information check out the City and DPH social media platforms such as epstrong.org or EPHealth.com and click on the COVID-19 page or dial 2-1-1 and select option six for more information.