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


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.

Robert Moore

Robert Moore is the founder and CEO of El Paso Matters. He has been a journalist in the Texas Borderlands since 1986. His work has received a number of top journalism honors including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist and the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award. 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 border issues by CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and PBS.

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