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A timeline of the Borderland pandemic


On March 13, 2020, the first confirmed COVID-19 case in El Paso was reported. Two days later, the first case was found in Ciudad Juárez. On March 21, 2020, the United States and Mexico agreed to close the border to all but essential traffic, disrupting life in the Paso del Norte region.

In the year since the pandemic’s arrival, thousands of people in both Ciudad Juárez and El Paso have died of COVID-19. Schools have shuttered. Businesses have struggled.

This timeline, produced as part of the Puente Media Collaborative, looks back at crucial moments in the past year.

Clic aquí para obtener una versión en español de la línea de tiempo.

Cover photo: People lined up on Jan. 19 at the El Paso County Coliseum to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo courtesy of University Medical Center of El Paso)

Michaela Roman

Michaela Román helps El Paso Matters with audience development and community engagement. She is a born and raised El Pasoan, with a background in photojournalism, and is currently working on an M.A. in Social Journalism at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

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