Sunday, March 7

El Paso tops 18,000 active virus cases; hospitalizations near 1,000 as ventilator usage soars to over 200 – KVIA El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) — The El Paso Department of Public Health announced three new coronavirus-related deaths and 1,143 new cases Monday morning.

The death toll now stands at 605 in El Paso County.

Public health officials identified the latest victims as:

  • Man in his 60s
  • Woman in her 60s
  • Woman in her 70s

All three had underlying health conditions.

There were 242 deaths currently under investigation where Covid-19 is suspected as a cause of death, officials indicated.

Hospitalizations increased from 943 to 978, which is a new record. There are 273 patients in the ICU, which is also an all-time high. Those needing ventilators soared from 162 on Sunday to 234 on Monday, an increase of 72 patients and representing more than 20% of all hospitalized persons.

The number of known active cases now stands at 18,438, which is a new record. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 51,537 confirmed cases in El Paso, with 32,229 reported recoveries. Doctors caution some recovered people may face long-term health effects from having been infected.

Health officials also announced 280 “delayed” positive results. These are results that the State of Texas is just now reporting to the local health department. Some of those tests were conducted weeks ago, with others being more recent.

For a complete look at El Paso’s Covid-19 data, click here.

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