From El Paso Matters:
El Paso County had its highest number yet — by far — of new weekly COVID-19 cases this past week, and explanations offered by public health officials suggest our situation may continue to deteriorate.
El Paso’s current outbreak is the second worst among Texas urban counties on a per-capita basis, trailing only Lubbock, according to data tracked by the New York Times.
The number of cases requiring hospitalization and intensive care treatment rose sharply in the past week and are approaching summer peak levels. Hospitalizations likely will continue to grow in coming weeks.
The explosion of COVID-19 cases comes as El Pasoans prepare to go to the polls for the Nov. 3 general election, with early voting starting on Tuesday. County election officials say they have taken unprecedented measures to keep the voting process safe.
Here’s our weekly COVID-19 data report.
The number of new weekly COVID-19 cases surpassed 2,800 for the first time, 13% above the previous record high for weekly new cases. El Paso had never previously reported 500 new cases in a single day, but it happened three times this past week. (A note on this: delayed reports of positive cases by the state in July and August led the city to badly understate daily case counts then. It’s possible we approached or surpassed 500 cases a day once or twice in mid-July.)