As of this morning, the City of El Paso Department of Health reported 17 new coronavirus related deaths and 257 new cases. That brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 2,204 in El Paso.

As we come up one year of this pandemic, health workers will hold a candle light vigil to honor those who we have lost to COVID-19 in El Paso. According to KTSM, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke will be a guest speaker.

The vigil will be held at Las Palmas Medical Center on Wednesday (3/10) at 6:30 P.M. The vigil comes one day before the one year anniversary that the World Health Organization declared the pandemic. It also comes on the same day that Governor Abbott announced Texas will open up 100%.

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Texas is set to open up fully tomorrow. According to Governor Abbott's announcement last week, as of 12:01 A.M. tonight, businesses will be allowed to fully operate at 100% and the mask mandate will no longer be in effect. He did however say that business can, out of their own volition, continue to operate at limited capacity and they have full rights to require masks when entering their establishment.

Texas has been divided since this announcement, and I see it divides all of us here in the Sun City as well. Many argue that it is too soon to lift such protocols; others argue that it is long overdue and are ready to have Texas open 100%.

Whichever side of the aisle you land on, I think we can all agree that we should be smart about opening up the state fully.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.



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