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  • Texas - El Paso imposes curfew as virus cases overwhelm hospitals

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Residents in the Texas border city of El Paso have been urged to stay home for two weeks as a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelms hospitals, prompting the state to dedicate part of the city’s civic center as a makeshift care center for the ill.

    El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego on Sunday night issued a stay home order with a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Violators could be fined $500 under the order, but the curfew does not apply to people who are going to or from work or out for essential services, including grocery stores and healthcare.

    We are in a crisis stage,” said Samaniego, the county’s top elected official.


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    El Paso County to bring in 3rd mobile morgue as virus death toll grows

    Published October 31, 2020 5:10 pm
    By Jim Parker

    EL PASO, Texas -- Two mobile morgues are currently in El Paso, and now a third one is on its way due to a significant increase expected in coronavirus deaths stemming from soaring infection and hospitalization rates.

    "The County is currently working on creating more space at our Medical Examiner's Office parking lot so that we can get a third mobile morgue unit," County Judge Ricardo Samaniego announced Saturday on Twitter.


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      El Paso, Texas, Gets 4th Mobile Morgue As COVID-19 Deaths Rise

      November 2, 202011:47 AM ET


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        Air Force medical personnel deploy to El Paso to help hospitals with coronavirus cases

        Published: November 6, 2020

        AUSTIN, Texas – Roughly 60 Air Force medical personnel will deploy to El Paso, Texas, to help three civilian hospitals with a surge of coronavirus cases, defense officials announced Friday.

        Three 20-person medical specialty teams departed for west Texas on Friday from military bases in Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Maryland, according to U.S. Army North’s Joint Force Land Component Command.

        The city reported nearly 24,000 active coronavirus cases Friday, with 18 people dying of the illness Thursday. About 1,300 additional residents tested positive Thursday.


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          El Paso, Texas, calls in ten morgue trucks as coronavirus cases surge

          NOVEMBER 9, 20203:36 PM UPDATED 18 HOURS AGO
          By Reuters Staff

          (Reuters) - Officials in the county of El Paso, Texas, said on Monday they are bringing in 10 temporary refrigerated morgue trailers to contend with one of the worst surges in coronavirus in the United States.

          Six morgue trailers had already been deployed as of Monday, according to County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, the most senior government executive in the county, which borders on Mexico. Four more have been requested from the Federal Emergency

          Management Agency to be sent to local funeral homes as demand dictates, Samaniego said during a meeting of county commissioners.