El Paso County closing nonessential businesses as coronavirus infections continue climbing

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As coronavirus cases continue surging in El Paso County, officials have ordered nonessential businesses to close. Credit: Emily Kinskey for The Texas Tribune

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EL PASO — El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego on Thursday ordered a two-week shutdown of nonessential businesses in this border area to help curb the record-breaking rise of COVID-19 cases that have overwhelmed hospitals.

The move comes after Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide executive order allowing some nonessential businesses to reopen to 75% capacity.