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El Paso hits a new weekly high for COVID-19 cases. And it’s only Thursday

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El Paso County reported 175 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the week’s total through five days to 644. That’s the highest weekly number ever for El Paso.

El Paso, which had never previously had a week with more than 600 cases, in on pace to approach 900 this week. That would be a 50 percent increase over the previous high.

Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday, bringing El Paso’s total to 125. The number of people hospitalized is increasing.

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Robert Moore

Robert Moore is the founder and CEO of El Paso Matters. He has been a journalist in the Texas Borderlands since 1986. He spent most of his career at the El Paso Times, serving in a variety of leadership roles. His work has received a number of top journalism honors including Pulitzer Prize finalist, the Burl Osborne award for editorial leadership, the James Madison Award from the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation, the Jack Douglas Award from Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership from the Texas Press Association. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award from the National Press Association. As a freelance journalist, Moore’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, ProPublica, National Public Radio, The Guardian and other publications. He has been featured as an expert on the border by CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and PBS.

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