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Coronavirus in Texas

Coronavirus is ablaze in West Texas as tourists flock to Big Bend and Marfa. Hospitals are running out of overflow options.

Presidio and Brewster counties, home to the popular tourist destinations, along with nearby Culberson County, lead the state in cases per 1,000 residents in the last two weeks. All of West Texas is dealing with increasing COVID-19 cases while low on hospital beds.

Signs against tourism to Marfa during the COVID-19 pandemic were posted in some parts of the city. Nov. 30, 2020.

“It’s unlikely we’d be able to help them at this point.”

— Ricardo Samaniego, El Paso County judge

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