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El Paso Surpasses Single-Day COVID-19 Record With More Than 1600 New Cases

EL PASO (CBSNEWS.COM) — On October 31 El Paso surpassed its single-day record for COVID-19 cases as state and local officials in Texas spar over imposing a lockdown. There were 1,643 cases and 190 delayed results being reported Saturday.

A Sam's Club store in the city abruptly closed Saturday because of concerns about spread of the virus.

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A nurse exits a tent for coronavirus patients setup at University Medical Center on October 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. (credit: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)

As El Paso has seen cases increase, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego earlier this week implemented a two-week shutdown of non-essential businesses. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of businesses suing to block Samaniego's order.

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