Here is the latest news on the coronavirus in El Paso County.
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El Paso public health officials Friday morning reported 12 COVID-19 deaths and 183 new cases.
All 12 patients had underlying health conditions. They were three men in their 40s, a woman and a man in their 50s, four men in their 60s, a man in his 70s, a woman and a man in their 80s.
The deaths occurred over a period of about four months, officials said.
The official city death toll increased to 1,962.
There also were 30 additional positive cases from delayed state test results.
As of Friday morning, there were 396 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 147 in intensive care and 92 on ventilators, according to local health data.
Health officials said 111,267 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. There are 7,099 active cases.
There have been a total of 120,769 positive tests in El Paso.
Eighteen percent of hospitalizations in the county are from COVID-19.
Texas is reporting 2,234,506 confirmed cases and 40,814 deaths.
New Mexico has 181,739 cases and 3,580 deaths, with 22,230 cases and 379 deaths in Doña Ana County.
There are 28,500 cases and 2,572 deaths in Juárez.
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Where can I register for the COVID-19 vaccine?
The city’s new website, EPCOVIDVaccine.com, includes an updated registration form, information on the current COVID-19 vaccination priority phase, the necessary steps to register and prepare for the vaccine, frequently asked questions and a listing of other potential local vaccine providers, city officials said. Qualifying people also can register by phone at 915-212-6843, although there are extended wait times.
People who already have registered and received a confirmation email do not need to register again at the new website, because their place in line already is reserved.
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The site is available in English, Spanish, and is Americans with Disabilities Act accessible.
The website also features a new scheduling system in which people who have registered to receive the vaccine will get an email and a text message advising them that they are eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Beaumont COVID-19 vaccinations
William Beaumont Army Medical Center expanded to the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. It includes people between the ages of 16 and 64 with increased risk of severe illness as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beaumont officials said.
The phase includes people with cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies. It also includes people with immunocompromised states from solid organ transplant, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking and Type 2 diabetes, officials said.
The medical center is only providing the vaccine to TRICARE beneficiaries and U.S. Department of Defense personnel. Those who qualify can register and schedule an appointment at william-beaumont.tricare.mil or by calling 915-742-2273. The medical center is administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Beaumont will open a second vaccination site at Stout Gym on Fort Bliss. It will start providing COVID-19 vaccinations to TRICARE beneficiaries and Department of Defense personnel Friday. Appointments can be scheduled online at either Stayton Theater or Stout Gym through the registration website. Beaumont officials ask that people not arrive more than 15 minutes early for their appointments and follow staff instructions once they arrive.
The people who currently qualify to get the vaccine at Beaumont are: health care providers and WBAMC staff; first responders; emergency services and public safety personnel; identified service members supporting the national COVID-19 response; identified units with personnel who perform critical national capabilities; identified units with personnel preparing to deploy to locations outside the U.S.; frontline essential workers; authorized people 65 and older; and select 1AD units in accordance with command guidance and operational orders.
CVS, Walmart offer vaccinations
El Paso-area CVS Pharmacy locations is offering COVID-19 vaccinations. El Pasoans who meet state requirements can register for the vaccine. Texas is only vaccinating people who fall under Phases 1A and 1B of the state’s guideline. Those phases include first responders, health care personnel, people 65 and older, and those 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition. People can register with CVS for the vaccine at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. People without online access can contact CVS customer service at 800-746-7287. The pharmacies will not take walk-in appointments. Only those registered in advance will be allowed to get the vaccine.
Walmart officials announced that Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. According to the Walmart website, the only location in El Paso will be the Walmart Supercenter at 7101 Gateway Blvd. West near Cielo Vista Mall. El Pasoans can register for the vaccine at Walmart.com/covidvaccine.
FBI El Paso warns residents of COVID-19 vaccine scams
The FBI is warning El Pasoans of a likely increase of scammers trying to get money and personal information by abusing people’s desire to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Anyone who receives a call, text or visit from someone they believe is not a legitimate health care provider or finds a false COVID-19 vaccine website is asked to report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov or call the FBI El Paso Division Office at 915-832-5000.
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State COVID-19 testing sites
Testing is free and available for anyone 5 years or older with or without symptoms. For help with results, email [email protected] or call 844-778-2455. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.
• Ascarate Park, 6800 Delta Drive
• Nations Tobin Recreation Center; 8831 Railroad Drive
• El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus; 919 Hunter Drive
• SISD’s Student Activities Complex; 1300 Joe Battle Blvd.
• UTEP Schuster 1 parking lot off Shuster Avenue at the Spur 1966 roundabout, on the south side of the complex; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
• Eastside Sports Complex, 14380 Montwood Drive
• Region 19 Kenworthy Complex, 9776 Kenworthy
State Rural Testing Sites
• 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
• West Valley Fire St., 510 Vinton Road, Anthony
• ESD No. 2 Headquarters, 16001 Socorro Road, Fabens
State Saliva Testing
The following testing sites offer free saliva testing for anyone with or without symptoms from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Registration is required and can be done at https://secure.dentrustocs.com/docs/tdemscreening or text the word “DOCSTX” to 41411. You also may call 267-362-5207 or register on-site. Results will be sent via email or text.
• Memorial Park; 1701 N. Copia
• ESD 2 Fire Station; 11440 N. Loop, Socorro
City COVID-19 drive-thru testing
Testing is free and available for anyone with or without symptoms.
Test results for the city sites will be provided within 24 to 72 hours.
Appointments are required and can be made by scheduling online or calling 915-212-0783 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For help with your results, email [email protected]
• Eastside Site; 301 George Perry Blvd. (GYN PATH Labs)
• Westside Site; 7400 High Ridge Drive (GYN PATH Labs)
For test results for samples collected at the George Perry and High Ridge testing sites, contact GYN PATH services at www.gynpath.com.
For a complete list of testing sites, visit www.epstrong.org/testing.php.
Project Vida free COVID-19 testing
Project Vida continues free COVID-19 drive-thru testing at 3607 Rivera Ave. at Copia Street in South-Central El Paso. Appointments are preferred. Call 915-298-5044 or go online at www.pvida.net/covidregistration.