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Officials report second positive case of COVID-19 in El Paso County


For more coverage on COVID-19 and its impact on UTEP, El Paso, the state and the nation, visit The Prospector’s Coronavirus page.

Public health officials reported on a second presumptive positive test result for COVID-19 in El Paso County on Sunday afternoon, only a few days since the county’s first case was reported on Friday.  

The second patient is another man in his 40s and his travel history, along with places he has come in contact with, is currently under investigation, health officials announced in a news conference Sunday. 

The man remains hospitalized while officials investigate. 

“News of this case came to us less than an hour before a press conference that had been scheduled days prior,” said Robert Resendes, public health director, in a news release. “This is just an example of how quickly things can change when it comes to this virus and our willingness as public servants to provide accurate information to the public as swiftly as possible.” 

In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the country, K-12 schools in El Paso County have been directed to extend their spring break until early April while EPCC and UTEP have extended spring break for one week and will switch to online instruction for the rest of the semester.  

As of March 15 at noon, The Texas Tribune reports on 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. 

Vital information on how to avoid contracting the disease and prevent its spread is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its website. 

Bryan Mena may be reached at [email protected] 

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Bryan Mena
Bryan Mena is a junior majoring in political science and minoring in communication studies. He is currently serving as entertainment editor with The Prospector, UTEP's student publication and as a contributor with Minero Magazine. He is a transfer student from El Paso Community College (EPCC) where he served as editor of the Tejano Tribune, EPCC's student publication. After earning an associate's degree in economics, Mena transferred to UTEP on a full-ride scholarship from the Terry Foundation. He is currently interning with El Paso Inc., a local business journal, and he will be in Forth Worth, Texas for 10 weeks in the summer to work as a paid intern for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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Officials report second positive case of COVID-19 in El Paso County