EL PASO, Texas – The number of coronavirus cases in El Paso County rose to 78 Thursday night with 10 new confirmed infections, prompting health officials to urge people to stay home again.
Among the new cases, a resident of a halfway house for parolees in the far east of El Paso County, where the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said more than 50 other people he had been in contact with were all quarantined.
The number of cases on Thursday comes amid a sobering data analysis by El Paso Matters which shows that the cases in El Paso double at a rate every two to five days; if this trend continues, El Paso could see nearly 13,000 people infected in early May.
“We must continue to make changes to protect you and your family by staying at home and avoiding contact with those who may be infected. We can maintain the total number of cases in El Paso if we all do our part to protect our community, “said Dr. Hector Ocaranza of the City / County Health Authority.
An expanded order from city and county authorities, which came into effect on Thursday, ordered residents to leave home only for essential shopping. It has banned public or private gatherings of any size, closed parks and golf courses, and requires anyone traveling more than 160 kilometers from El Paso to quarantine for two weeks upon return.
In a breakdown of the total number of cases, the health department said that 44 women and 34 men had been diagnosed with the virus. Below is additional data and a map showing infections in the community.