A Texas appeals court ruled that El Paso county cannot close nonessential businesses or issue a stay at home order for residents despite an increase in coronavirus cases, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
El Paso officials ordered a countywide shut down in response to local health officials claiming that tent hospitals and morgue trucks were running out of space as the number of cases continues to rise, according to the WSJ. The court ruled that the county cannot institute measures that go against state mandates.
Around 839,000 people live in El Paso County, where new coronavirus cases averaged 132 a day in September and increased to over 1,120 daily in the past month, the WSJ reported. On average, 10 people die daily of the coronavirus in the county.
A state appeals court rejects El Paso County’s stay-at-home order, even as the West Texas community requires mobile morgues for its growing number of coronavirus victims. https://t.co/9y1fTgiPym
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Over half of all patients currently at local hospitals have the coronavirus, the WSJ reported. Nurses, temporary tent hospitals, and mobile morgues were sent to the county through state and federal