Samaniego makes decisions based on the advice of medical professionals and hospital management, he said. As of Thursday night, according to Samaniego, the hospitalization rate was 44%, up 365.2% from the beginning of the month.
The order is effective at midnight on Thursday.
“Our hospitals, our capacities, our medical specialists are overwhelmed, and if we don’t, we will see unprecedented mortality.”
According to Samaniego, election activities are considered essential services and will not be affected. He assured citizens that steps were taken to ensure polling stations were safe.
Other essential services, such as groceries, pharmacies, and meals schools can still be open. But businesses like tattoo salons, hair and nail salons, and gyms were closed for two weeks. Restaurants will be limited to door-to-door service or roadside service.
The closure will be aimed at alleviating “the stress on our medical resources.”
The judge said he recognized the financial impact the shutdown could have on El Paso residents, and said he was committed to finding ways to help with remediation.
AG ‘explores all legal action’
Mayor El Paso Dee Margo said he was looking to clarify the order from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.
“The judge did not consult me and refused to answer my call, so I am seeking clarification from the Attorney General about the new County order, which does not replace the Governor’s order. “Mayor Dee Margo said in a statement issued Thursday night.
“What I can talk about is the trauma our community is going through,” added the mayor. “We have to strike a balance between keeping our neighbors safe while not destroying everyone’s ability to support families.”
But Paxton said the district judge “had no authority to close business in El Paso County,” calling it “a direct violation” of Governor Greg Abbott’s order.
“My office is rapidly exploring all the legal action,” Paxton said on Twitter.
Samaniego said he spoke to Abbott, but the discussion “came to no avail”.
“I am also very aware and respectful of the governor’s orders,” Samaniego said. “The hard truth is that the dying people are El Pasoans; they’re not in Austin.”
At the time, Mayor Margo said an analysis of new cases between October 6 and October 20 in the community showed that 37% of the infections were due to visits to stores. Large canned foods 22.5% came from restaurants and 19% came from traveling to Mexico. . Parties, gyms, and mass gatherings also contribute to new, to a lesser extent, cases.
CNN’s Ed Lavandera, Raja Razek and Alta Spells contributed to this report.