El Paso surpasses 1,500 virus deaths as nearly 600 new cases are reported


EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) – More than 1,500 El Pasoans have now died from Covid-19 since the virus first reached the community last March.

Health officials announced eight new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, bringing the death toll to 1,506.

There were still 564 deaths listed as under investigation. These are presumed deaths linked to Covid-19 that have not yet been confirmed, although historically the majority of suspicious deaths end up being confirmed by health authorities.

The health department also reported 593 new cases, the most in a single day since December 12.

Hospitalizations related to Covid-19 have increased from 411 to 423. There are 162 patients in the ICU.

The number of known active cases stands at 34,478, a decrease of 69 from Thursday.

Since the start of the pandemic, 102,055 cases have been confirmed in El Paso, with 65,475 reported recoveries.

El Paso Health Department’s full data on Covid-19 can be found online at EPStrong.org.

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