El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego hinted this week he might use a provision in Abbott’s order that allows county officials to opt out of reopening bars. “Unfortunately, the group with the highest percentage of active COVID cases are young people between the ages of 20-29. Opening bars in El Paso will only further increase the positive cases in this age group,” he said in a statement, adding that he’ll make a decision soon after consulting with local health authorities. There have been more than 400 violations or citations issued by local law enforcement or health department officials to entities or individuals in the county for violating state and local ordinances issued to curb the spread of the virus. As cases rise, school districts in El Paso County are looking for ways to keep schools completely closed or limit the number of students coming back. The Texas Education Agency largely requires districts to allow all students back who choose to learn in person.