Almost 1,000 new cases of El Paso virus per week, record hospitalizations; the death toll grows to 127


EL PASO, Texas – As the week drew to a close on Saturday, El Paso had posted nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases in that span, set a record for hospitalizations, and saw its death toll rise to 127.

The recently released health department data on Saturday morning reflected 113 new cases daily and one additional death. The last fatality was a man in his 90s with underlying health problems.

Saturday marked the fifth consecutive day of triple-digit case increases and capped a week that also saw El Paso’s largest single-day case spike of 223 on Friday.

The cumulative infection count reached 5,330, of which 990 of those cases, representing 18% of the overall total, had been reported in the past seven days.

Hospitalizations hit a record Saturday at 121. Of those patients, data showed that 63 were in intensive care and 21 needed ventilators.

To date, health officials have indicated that 3,613 El Pasoans have recovered from the virus.

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