October 12, 2020 By iwano@_84 Off

El Paso Is New Texas Hot Spot; U.S. Death Gap Seen: Virus Update

Jen Apodaca, organizer for the Detained Migrant Solidarity Comittee, poses for a portrait in her car after she participated in a caravan protest around Immigration and Customs Enforcement El Paso Processing Center to demand the release of ICE detainees due to safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 outbreak on April 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas.  (Photo by Paul Ratje / Agence France-Presse / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images)

Jen Apodaca, organizer for the Detained Migrant Solidarity Comittee, poses for a portrait in her car after she participated in a caravan protest around Immigration and Customs Enforcement El Paso Processing Center to demand the release of ICE detainees due to safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 outbreak on April 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas.  (Photo by Paul Ratje / Agence France-Presse / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images)

PAUL RATJE, Contributor / Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images

(Bloomberg) — Texas dispatched 75 nurses, respiratory specialists and other medical personnel to El Paso in response to a surge in Covid-19 cases, Governor Greg Abbott said on Monday. Masks and other personal protective equipment are also being delivered.

El Paso reported 424 new cases that pushed the city’s cumulative total to 6,145. The border town is seeing cases climb at a similar rate to Houston, which has almost five times El Paso’s population.

“This surge in medical personnel and PPE will help support El Paso’s hospitals and first responders as we mitigate the spread of this virus,” Abbott said in a statement.


The El Paso region has a higher percentage of hospital beds occupied by virus patients than anywhere else in Texas, according to state health department figures.

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