El Paso well being division management ought to return to county because of metropolis virus failures, commissioner says – KVIA El Paso

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EL PASO, Texas — A county commissioner on Friday referred to as for management of the El Paso Division of Public Well being to be returned to the county after what he stated was a botched coronavirus response effort by the town.

“It has turn into so clear to me that the Metropolis has no enterprise working public well being. It wants to come back again to the County,” stated El Paso County Commissioner David Stout.

In social media posts on Friday, Stout blamed the well being division for a “lack of awareness, misinformation and confusion” on objects starting from testing to contract tracing.

He additionally lashed out at metropolis management and Mayor Dee Margo for “sending combined messages, like permitting non-essential companies like eating places to stay open, and on the similar time telling folks to remain residence.”

Stout turned the second public determine in current days to brazenly query the town’s dealing with of the pandemic amidst a record-setting variety of infections and hospitalizations.

Only a day prior, Congresswoman Vernonia Escobar stated El Paso was in a “state of emergency” because of the virus, and blamed metropolis leaders for taking the group down a “harmful path, with shrinking intensive care unit availability and low hospital capability.”

Margo has sought to largely ignore the criticism, saying “We’re doing one of the best we are able to… We predict we’re doing what must be executed given our scenario and we’re monitoring it each day.”

Stout has endorsed Veronica Carbajal in her mayoral bid to unseat Margo from profitable one other time period this November, whereas Escobar has endorsed one other Margo challenger, Carlos Galliner.

Coronavirus / El Paso / Information / High Tales

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