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By Miguel Juárez

Josué Esquivel, a reporter for Telemundo 48 Noticias 60 in San Antonio, Texas, conducted a Facebook Live session on Wednesday, April 7th where he interviewed a nurse in Cd. Juárez on the COVID-19 Pandemic. His video received 22,807 views.  Esquivel stated the numbers of sick differ from the numbers being reported by Cd. Juárez authorities. 

Josué Esquivel’s report: https://www.telemundosanantonio.com/noticias/mexico/enfermero-en-chihuahua-sobre-pacientes-con-covid-19-no-hay-como-salvarlos/2048315/

In his session, Esquivel spoke to the nurse who described the situation in a Cd. Juárez hospital treating patients, as grim.  The nurse stated that on April 7th during his shift they saw approximately 50 people with symptoms, such as fever, muscle aches, headaches, and respiratory illness.  The nurse stated there aren’t enough tests, ventilators, equipment or health care workers available [in the border city of 1.5 million people]. He said he and his co-workers come to work with fear for themselves and their families.

The nurse stated patients go on ventilators daily because many of them arrive from having been ill for several days.  He said patients who are worse, usually die within a day. When asked about age ranges of patients who come in for treatment, he stated there are individuals in 20s, 30s, as well as patients into their 70s.  He said 100 people have died in Cd. Juárez in the last three weeks due to “pneumonia.” He said sometimes cases come back negative for pneumonia and they are deemed as “atypical pneumonia.” 

Julian Resendez, writing in The Border Report stated Chihuahua has 43 cases and seven deaths and says four additional fatalities are under investigation. According to Resendez: “Twenty-six of the cases and 10 of the fatalities are being reported in Juarez and three involved employees of a U.S.-run maquiladora.”

Julian Resendez’s article: https://www.borderreport.com/hot-topics/mexican-border-state-now-investigating-11-covid-19-fatalities/

On April 7th, Norte Digital reported five people had died of atypical pneumonia and more than 30 people were on ventilators at Hospital No. 66 in Cd. Juárez. The publication reported 17 people have died in Cd. Juárez in two hospitals in the last five days due to complications due to COVID-19, and that from January to date, 206 people had died from atypical pneumonia, compared to 318 in 2019.

Norte Digital’s article: https://nortedigital.mx/saturan-pacientes-piso-del-imss-que-fue-habilitado-para-covid-19/#.Xo38Wso7ywB.facebook

Miguel Juarez

Miguel Juárez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, artist and Paseño (El Pasoan) and the Editor at El Paso News. He has an Master of Art degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a BA in Communications; an MA in Border History; and PhD in Borderlands History from UTEP; as well as graduate Arts Administration and Museum Studies coursework from CSU Dominguez Hills and CSU Long Beach, Calif.

He was an academic librarian and archivist from 1999 to 2013. He has published two books: _Where Are All the Librarians of Color: The Experiences of People of Color in Academia_, co-edited with Rebecca Hankins (2016, Library Juice Press) and _Colors on Desert Walls: The Murals of El Paso_, with photographs by Cynthia Weber Farah (1997, Texas Western Press).

He has published reviews, articles and opinion editorials in the Bryan College Station Eagle, the El Paso Times, El Paso Herald Post, El Paso Herald Post (online), Fusion Magazine, Latino Rebels, Medium and PlayBuzz.

He was previously on the editorial board of Latinx Talk, an online, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, and moderated forum. He is currently on the editorial board of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association. You can contact Miguel at: miguel@elpasonews.org or follow him on Twitter @migueljuarez