According to CBS-affiliated KDBC-TV, a county judge in El Paso, Texas, has shut down all non-essential services for two weeks starting Thursday night at midnight.The decision comes with the city facing a constant surgeA case that overwhelms a local hospital.
KDBC reports that businesses such as tattoo parlors, hair salons, nail salons, gyms and massage businesses need to be closed as part of Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s orders. All campaigns are considered essential and unaffected.
“If we don’t do the right thing, we’ll prolong this very difficult journey,” he said.
Samaniego’s orders are already facing legal threats. Just hours after the announcement, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office tweeted that the judge “has no authority to close El Paso County’s business,” saying “this is a direct breach.” Added. [Governor Greg Abbott’s] Executive order. “
“My office is quickly investigating all legal action,” the tweet quoted Mr. Paxton.
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo also said he opposed the closure.
Janet Shamlian of CBS News reported that new infections have increased in 45 states over the past two weeks, with nearly 95% of the US population living in states with increasing cases. However, El Paso County was particularly hit by the new surge. Currently, there are more coronavirus patients (934) in the county than in 33 states.
Dr. Jose Burgos told CBS News that state-sponsored doctors and nurses were not enough. “I’ve never seen this situation before,” he said, adding that “we are always looking for staff.”
Utah and Wisconsin leaders, who have also seen severe surges, are doing everything they can to prevent a similar situation. In Wisconsin, hospitals say ICU beds can run short in two weeks.
“We are in the midst of a very serious surge,” said Greg Bell, president of the Utah Hospital Association. “… all precautions need to be taken to avoid the worst.”
Janet Shamlian contributed to the report.