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COVID-19 cases rise to 115, Scenic Drive closed

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Presumptive positive coronavirus cases in El Paso
There are 115 positive COVID-19 cases in El Paso County as of Sunday evening.

There are 10 cases in Juárez, part of 17 confirmed cases as of Sunday morning in the state of Chihuahua, including five in Chihuahua City, one in Cuauhtémoc and one in Ojinaga.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting 6,110 cases in Texas and 105 confirmed coronavirus deaths in the state.

There are 541 cases in New Mexico, including 23 in Doña Ana County. There are 10 coronavirus deaths in the state.

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Coronavirus cases rise to 115 in El Paso
El Paso public health officials on Sunday evening reported nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising the total to 115 cases.

There are 27 people currently hospitalized in El Paso with the respiratory illness, including 10 in intensive care, the city's public health department reported.

Scenic Drive closes to public
Scenic Drive is closed to both vehicles and pedestrians as part of the city of El Paso's social distancing efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The popular mountain road was closed down by the city on Saturday. The closure is until further notice. The city's stay-at-home order also closed parks and bans gatherings.

El Paso positive coronavirus cases up to 106 
The number of COVID-19 cases in El Paso County has now reached triple digits, with 106 positive cases.

Health officials are asking the community to stay home as the number of cases are expected to increase over the next several weeks.
Positive cases in El Paso County include 57 females and 49 males. As of Saturday, there are 26 hospitalized and 8 of those hospitalized are currently in ICU.

“It is unfortunate that we have now seen our numbers grow past one hundred, but this is only the beginning. As I have repeatedly stated, we will continue to see our numbers escalate without the community’s strict cooperation,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the city/county health authority.

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El Paso Children's Hospital confirms COVID-19 patients being treated 
El Paso Children's Hospital confirms it's treating two patients who tested positive for novel coronavirus.

The patients were in need of emergency care due to underlying Press Release Distribution Services In EL Paso medical conditions when entering the emergency room on April 1.

The hospital immediately placed the two patients in isolation and began to rule out the process of coronavirus due to additional screening.

Following the testing protocols set by the City of El Paso and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday EPCH was notified the patients tested positive for COVID-19. The parents were contacted immediately.

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