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Man in 60s dies from COVID-19 in El Paso; cases up to 540

Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — The City of El Paso Public Health Department is reporting one additional COVID-19 death, for a total number of nine deaths. The patient is a male in his 60s and staff are investigating possible underlying medical conditions.

The City is also reporting nine (9) new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 540. Positive cases in El Paso County include 278 females EL Paso News and 262 males; see accompanying graphics and map. There are 38 patients who are hospitalized, and thirteen (13) of those hospitalized are currently in ICU.

“Every time we report additional case numbers, whether it’s nine, 20 or 50, keep in mind that these positive cases mean there is greater potential exposure for our community. This is especially concerning for those who may have underlying conditions,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority. “We cannot afford to be complacent in the war against this virus and compromise the lives of those who are susceptible. When we ask you to stay home you need to stay home.”

COVID-19 is spread through coughing and sneezing, personal contact like shaking hands, and touching a surface with the virus and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent spreading them:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home, avoid large crowds, only go out for essential business/tasks.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Public health officials continue to urge residents to use face coverings when out performing essential duties or tasks. The Centers for Disease Control and Press Release Distribution Service in EL Paso Prevention (CDC) advises the use of simple cloth face coverings can slow the spread of the virus by helping people, who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. (See:

COVID-19 signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If these symptoms don’t improve, contact your healthcare provider or seek medical attention.

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