Media Coverage for August 2020

Week of August 23 to August 29

Most states are disclosing COVID-19 outbreak locations, but some share more information than others

El Paso Matters - August 28, 2020

As the El Paso City Council remains divided on whether to identify facilities where there have been COVID-19 outbreaks, state agencies in Texas and around the country are beginning to share the information regularly. Opponents of releasing the names of facilities — including those of businesses — say doing so would violate privacy, further harm the economy and lead to lawsuits. Supporters of more transparency maintain the information will help the public make decisions about their health and where they feel it safe to go.

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El Paso emergency room physician warns public about self-medicating to treat Covid-19

KVIA - August 25, 2020

As more reports emerge about possible treatments for Covid-19, a local emergency medicine physician is urging the public to heed caution when it comes to self-medicating. Nationwide, medical professionals have warned Americans to avoid using prescription drugs without a prescription. “'What I would hate for people to start doing is to go buy steroids from Mexico or from anywhere and just start using them without a doctor’s advice,” said Dr. Sarah Watkins, Medical Director of the West Texas Regional Poison Center and assistant professor at TTUHSC El Paso.

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Student Frontline Emergency Fund.

GECU - August 24, 2020

Thank you to our community partner @myGECU for their $5,000 gift that will go directly toward @TTUHSCEP's Student Frontline Emergency Fund. About 200 students are estimated to need relief provided by the fund to meet expenses due to temporary hardship related to COVID-19.

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Previous Weeks in August

Vaccinations important now more than ever, El Paso pediatrician says

KFOX - August 22, 2020

Back to school time usually means back to the pediatrician's office for yearly check-ups but a new survey done by Orlando Health found many parents are afraid of taking their kids to the doctor's office because of the pandemic. According to Doctor Leslie Cortez, a pediatrician and professor with Texas Tech Health Science Center, yearly check-ups with a pediatrician are important for monitoring childhood development and keeping kids up to date with their vaccinations.

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FDA-approves nasal spray to help treat depression, local psychiatrist explains benefit to El Pasoans

KTSM - August 7, 2020

New approaches to treat mental illness are hitting the market at a critical time for many in the U.S. struggling with depression. Psychiatrists and patients alike have long lamented the need for more treatment options to alleviate symptoms at a faster rate. Typically, antidepressants like serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) take one to two weeks to enhance the brain’s neurotransmitters and reduce symptoms.

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