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El Paso sees 5 new virus deaths; active cases just over 35,000, 20% are children



EL PASO, Texas – El Paso health officials reported five new Covid-19 deaths and 481 additional cases Saturday morning for a total of 109,589 cases and 1,641 deaths.

Recent deaths included a man and woman in their 50s, a man in his 60s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s. All five had underlying health conditions, officials said.

As of Saturday, the number of active infections was 35,080.

Infections in El Paso have increased since after Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but remain declining, according to an El Paso Matters analysis of the El Paso Department of Public Health data.

So far in January, the El Paso Matters analysis also shows that people 19 and younger make up almost 20% of new infections, which is more than 3 points higher than their share of cases in 2020. The increase in cases among children comes at a time , where some schools have returned to personal learning.

Officials said 72,306 El Pasoans have recovered from the virus to date, but doctors note that some people who have been infected may experience long-term health effects despite recovery.

Complete El Paso virus department data can be found online at EPStrong.org.

(El Paso Matters contributed to this report.)


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