EL PASO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A Texas district choose on Friday upheld an order from El Paso County’s high elected official shutting down companies whereas the area fights an alarming surge in COVID-19 instances.
The choice from Decide Invoice Moody of El Paso’s thirty fourth District Court docket got here as federal military medical teams deployed to the border region at the request of the state.
The county’s high elected official, El Paso County Decide Ricardo Samaniego, ordered a two-week shutdown of nonessential actions late final week.
In making his determination, Moody identified that throughout the Spanish flu pandemic within the early a part of the twentieth century, metropolis and county elected officers had authority to reply as they “thought was crucial to guard the well being and monetary pursuits of their particular person communities.”
Chris Hilton, an legal professional with the Texas legal professional normal’s workplace, mentioned the state would enchantment. Lawyer Common Ken Paxton has argued that Samaniego’s order is illegitimate as a result of it goes towards Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide order to reopen companies.
In the meantime, three Air Pressure medical groups have been anticipated to reach in El Paso by the weekend, in line with Seth Christensen, chief of media and communications for the Texas Division of Emergency Administration.
El Paso recorded 1,300 new COVID-19 instances Friday, bringing the overall lively instances to 23,702.
Eighteen new coronavirus deaths have been additionally reported.
The El Paso-area’s spike in coronavirus infections has fashioned a major a part of the upward pattern in COVID-19 instances statewide, despite the fact that the metro space of greater than 800,000 is a fraction of the state’s inhabitants of practically 30 million.
Statewide, well being officers reported 7,221 new coronavirus instances and 136 new COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing the variety of Texas instances for the pandemic to 942,539 and its loss of life toll to 18,589.
An estimated 119,238 instances are lively, with 6,070 instances requiring hospitalization, in line with the Texas Division of State Well being Providers.
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