Residents of El Paso, Texas have to stay home for two weeks as a judge has issued a mandatory curfew. This is due to the rise of new Corona Virus cases.
The area hospitals have so many positive rate of residents has exploded since the beginning of October. Unfortunately, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said he was “left with no choice,” but he had impose a countywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
On Sunday, October 25th, The order went into effect and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on November 8th. Residents can only leave their residences from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for emergency reasons.
Judge Samaniego said El Paso County has seen a 160% increase in its positivity rate in the last three weeks. In addition, there has also been an 300% increase in hospitalizations over that time, he said. Moreover, he said all area hospitals have reached capacity as of Saturday, October 25th, including intensive care units.
In an effort to enforce the curfew, Law enforcement officials have that authority. Therefore, they can give out $250 fines for those not wearing a face covering. In fact, a fine for any other violation of the order is double that amount, according to the statement.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is deploying teams to help local officials combat the COVID-19 surge in the El Paso area. As a result, the curfew went into place as a result of the uptick of COVID-19.