Officials in El Paso, Texas, announced new activity restrictions to slow the spread of the virus as new cases and hospitalizations rose to an all-time high.
The city reported 717 new cases and 20 delayed testing results on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 6,887. Health officials also announced an additional death, bringing the total number of fatalities to 554. The patient was described as a male in his 80s with health conditions.
“Today’s spike is part of an overall increase in cases seen over the last week due to community spread believed to be caused by COVID-19 fatigue resulting in residents letting their guard down,” city officials tweeted Thursday. “For this reason, the Mayor and City Attorney’s Office are working with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Office of Emergency Management to further restrict activities in our community to slow the spread. These strong restrictions are necessary and must be enacted.”