I can't believe we still have to say this, but just because it's a holiday weekend doesn't mean you can suddenly throw huge parties. Something that my neighbor clearly doesn't understand. El Paso Mayor Dee Margo sums it up perfectly:

Every time we have had a holiday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, we have had spikes in positives because of the lack of discipline with family gatherings.

This is what is called a pattern folks. Will avoiding large gatherings completely eliminate the positive COVID-19 tests? No, absolutely not. But it will help lower the amount of positive cases. Again, I can't believe I have to say this, but this is what can happen. Just one person that has COVID-19 shows up to a party with 50 people. Now, let's say that person infects 10 people. Those 10 people then go about their business and wind up only infecting 2 more people each. Despite each of the people at the party only infected a couple more people, you just went from 1 positive case to 30 positive cases.

County judge Ricardo Samaniego said:

Our community here in El Paso, we do not need another surge and the potential for the surge always happens during one of these holidays.

It's becoming like clockwork. Holiday weekend. Surge in cases. Holiday weekend. Surge in cases. I fear what will happen during the holiday seasons. First of all, we need to figure out what we can do during Halloween. Dammit, I'm going to find a way to celebrate Halloween. But I will do so while still abiding by the safety guidelines.