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Coronavirus cases reach all-time high in El Paso, Texas

Health officials reported Covid-19 cases in El Paso, Texas reaching an all-time high. Yahoo Finance's Zack Guzman weighs in.

Video Transcript

AKIKO FUJITA: We haven't really highlighted what's been playing on-- playing out with the coronavirus. We're now talking about 100,000 cases a day. That is a record here. And one of the areas that I know you've been really focused on is El Paso, Texas.

ZACK GUZMAN: Yeah. I mean, right now it's where we're seeing this outbreak continue to be the worst. Yesterday they recorded a record 3,100 new cases. That's putting a serious strain on the hospital staff in that county.

We also talked with the current mayor of El Paso heading into his election campaign here, looking like that's going to be forced into a runoff against a challenger there. There were a lot of candidates. But we caught up with him ahead of the election for why El Paso was seeing such a spike in coronavirus cases, and he blamed coronavirus fatigue. Here's what he had to say.

DEE MARGO: We think it's just fatigue and letting our guards down. And it will take-- while we've taken certain actions, it takes, according to my health department and our public-health authority for this pandemic, it will take at least two weeks to look at this stuff.

ZACK GUZMAN: All right, so, Akiko, that was Mayor Dee Margo and he is right now in a battle with his own county judge there. The county judge was pushing for a lockdown in El Paso. That's being challenged not only by the Texas state attorney general but also Governor Abbott of Texas now coming out against that shutdown order in El Paso, saying that it's illegal.

But you will step back and look at how bad things have gotten there in El Paso. 22% test positivity rate, far higher than the 2%, 1% we've been seeing play out here in New York. In Texas, that's still 50% capacity threshold there in terms of indoor dining, not able to roll that back. They want to roll that back.

It's just a tough situation when you think about the battle between counties and state level here. But regardless, we're still seeing cases rising in El Paso, Akiko.

AKIKO FUJITA: Yeah, and I think that sort of is a snapshot of what we have seen play out in terms of where the voters see the fault line with the coronavirus. Remember, we heard the president really say that no, it's not the federal response. It's what happened locally. That's what led to all of these case counts going up.