El Paso, Texas, funeral homes prepare refrigerated units to house bodies as Covid-19 cases soar

Part of that effort, two funeral homes told CNN, is to prepare additional refrigerated units to house bodies if their usual space isn’t enough.

On Thursday, El Paso County officials reported 1,161 new Covid-19 cases — a record high for the area, according to a daily coronavirus case report from the county. As of Friday, the total case count sits at 37,263.
This week saw Covid-19 cases soar across the US, with Thursday the first day with more than 70,000 new cases recorded since July 24, Johns Hopkins University data show. More than 41,000 people were also hospitalized across the US — the highest level of nationwide hospitalizations since August 20, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
The virus has claimed more than 223,000 lives in the United States. That tally includes over 570 people in El Paso, a county of about 840,000 residents. Another 157 deaths there are under
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Public hearing on Paso Robles’ Beechwood Specific Plan planned for Tuesday council meeting

A public hearing will be held Tuesday for the largest housing development currently in the works in Paso Robles.

It’s another opportunity for the community to comment on the Beechwood Specific Plan near Virginia Peterson Elementary School.

The project has been at least 14 years in the making, but Tuesday night could mark the final hurdle.

“Our objective is to secure approval of the development plan, the environmental impact report, and the development agreement between the city and the property owners,” said Dan Lloyd, Beechwood Specific Plan Project Manager.

The project spans roughly 230 acres with upwards of 900 housing units.

“This is the largest one that we have at this time and really the last of the specific plans that we see in the near future,” said Darren Nash, Paso Robles City Planner.

Units include single-family residential, duplexes, triplexes, condos, and apartments.

“We expect the price ranges to go

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