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‘Overwhelmed’: Texas county halts non-essential activities

A healthcare worker leaves Las Palmas Del Sol Medical Center, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in El...
A healthcare worker leaves Las Palmas Del Sol Medical Center, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in El Paso, Texas.(Cedar Attanasio | AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 9:46 AM CDT
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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso County officials have ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities after the area’s medical resources were overwhelmed by the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

County Judge Ricardo Samaniego announced the measure Thursday. Among the non-essential services ordered to be closed, effective at midnight Thursday, are tattoo, hair and nail salons, as well as gyms and in-person dining.

He also appealed to residents to avoid all non-essential activities.

Grocery and drug stores, funeral homes, health care services and government activities were among activities deemed essential. All election-related activities, including campaigns and voting, also were deemed essential activities.

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