The record jump in coronavirus cases has pushed hospitals to the brink in the border towns of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, putting health workers in Texas and Mexico in double disasters in the metropolitan area of 3 million people.
Health officials blame the jump on family gatherings, multiple generations living in the same household, and younger people who go shopping or doing business.
The crisis – part of the deadly return of the virus to almost the entire United States – has created one of North America’s most desperate hotspots and highlighted how complex the two cities are economically, geographically and culturally, with many people regularly crossing the border. to shop or visit with your family.
In El Paso, authorities ordered residents to stay home for two weeks and imposed evening hours at 1
El Paso University Medical Center has also set up heated isolation tents to treat coronavirus patients. As of Tuesday, Ryan Milke, director of public affairs, said the hospital had 195 patients with COVID-19, compared to less than three dozen in less than a month, and “it continues to grow with each passing hour.”
In Juarez, the Mexican government sends mobile hospitals, ventilators and doctors, nurses and respiratory specialists. A hospital is being set up inside the local university’s high school to help with the transfusion.
Juarez reported more than 12,000 infections and more than 1,100 deaths, but the actual numbers are thought to be much higher, as tests for COVID-19 are extremely limited. El Paso County registered about 1,400 new cases on Tuesday, just below the record of 1,443 the day before. There were 853 patients in the county hospitalized for the virus on Monday, up from 786 a day earlier.