EL PASO – County Choose Ricardo Samaniego on Thursday known as for a shutdown of all nonessential companies right here for 2 weeks as town faces record-setting numbers of coronavirus instances, overwhelming hospitals overwhelmed.
Samaniego’s order units up a potential confrontation with Gov. Greg Abbott, who had issued a statewide government order permitting some nonessential companies to reopen at 75% capability. El Paso, ravaged by file numbers of coronavirus instances, has reached 100% hospital capability due to the virus.
Efforts to succeed in the governor’s workplace late Thursday have been unsuccessful.
“I respect the governor’s order,” mentioned Samaniego, flanked by political and medical leaders. “However the people who find themselves dying are El Pasoans. They don’t seem to be in Austin and I’ve the accountability to do all the pieces I can.”
“This isn’t a battle towards the governor or anybody else,” he later mentioned in Spanish. “It is a battle towards a virus, an invisible virus.”
The order was to take impact Thursday at midnight. Nonessential companies embody gyms, therapeutic massage parlors, hair salons and in particular person eating. Samaniego mentioned the transfer won’t influence voting, calling it a vital enterprise.
“Please exit and vote. Will probably be protected,” Samaniego mentioned.
Samaniego mentioned the transfer is required, particularly earlier than the vacation season
“It isn’t martial legislation,” he mentioned, saying the accountability for folks to halt the unfold of the virus comes all the way down to particular person residents who should take the scenario severely and work towards stopping the COVID-19 virus. “The numbers are trending up, not down.”
Public well being officers reported Thursday morning a file 14,359 identified energetic COVID-19 instances, together with 934 folks hospitalized and 245 in ICU, as of Thursday. El Paso has a 17.24% rolling seven-day common positivity price.
The county reported 1,128 new coronavirus instances Thursday. There have been 585 deaths for the reason that arrival of the pandemic seven months in the past.
Samaniego mentioned he consulted with county legal professionals, present and former county judges, and different regional leaders, together with these in neighboring Las Cruces and Ciudad Juarez, earlier than making his determination.
“I really feel like we’ve accomplished sufficient to get some understanding,” he mentioned. “If we don’t reply, we are going to see unprecedented ranges of demise.”
“Come on group, present me, present us,” he pleaded.
Samaniego mentioned he’s had just one dialog with Abbott, which Samaniego mentioned was “not fruitful.”
The announcement was made via-teleconference. Samaniego was joined by leaders that included U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar. D-El Paso. Lacking from the assembly was El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, and different metropolis officers, an absence that Escobar known as “very unlucky
“My relationship (with Abbott) may be very restricted,” he mentioned. “I’m asking him to do all the pieces that he can.” And he famous that the mayor does have an in depth relationship with Abbott, a fellow Republican.
“We’re simply taking completely different approaches,” he mentioned.