EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Residents in the Texas border city of El Paso have been urged to stay home for two weeks as a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelms hospitals.

El Paso County has issued a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus.

The curfew does not apply to people who are going to or from work or out for essential services, including grocery stores and healthcare.

Earlier Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that part of the city's civic center will be used as a temporary hospital to care for the ill.

El Paso County health officials reported 1,443 new virus cases Monday, which is a record high.

LOOK: List of Casper Stores That Now Require Face Masks For Customers


More From KGAB