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Stricter stay-at-home order coming for El Paso

FILE - Skyline in downtown El Paso, Texas. January 2019. (KFOX)
FILE - Skyline in downtown El Paso, Texas. January 2019. (KFOX)
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El Paso is still four to six weeks away from seeing its peak of COVID-19 cases, according to city health officials.

Changes are coming to the city and county’s Stay Home, Work Safe order following the confirmation of community spread in our area.

City leaders plan to make the order, announced just a week ago, stricter.

“Unfortunately, there are some areas that concerned us: in the area of recreation, in the area of construction,” El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said. “The mayor and I are working very closely later today (Monday) on having specifics.”

Tough decisions will be made, but Samaniego said he and El Paso Mayor Dee Margo are taking advice and guidance from healthcare experts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as best they can.

“The mayor and I have talked about it, over and over, that it’s more important that we address things at a short term than allowing them to become overwhelming for all of us,” Samaniego said.

City and county officials said the revised shelter-in-place order will be finalized Tuesday, but Samaniego and Margo have not released details on exactly what they plan to change.

Margo and Samaniego spoke among other local officials during a press conference Monday on the state of the COVID-19 response in our area. Watch here.

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