[Editor's Note: Refer to the COVID-19 page for all information on alerts, gubernatorial orders and other information on the coronavirus.}
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 13 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
Five new cases in Bernalillo County:
A male in his 20s
A female in her 40s
A male in his 40s
A female in her 70s
A female in her 80s
One new case in Eddy County:
A male in his 70s – deceased. As previously reported Wednesday by the Department of Health, this individual died Sunday, March 22. The state laboratory confirmed a positive COVID-19 test late Tuesday, March 24, after receiving it the same day.
Two new cases in Rio Arriba County:
A male in his 60s
A female in her 70s
One new case in Sandoval County:
A female in her 30s
One new case in San Juan County:
A male in his 30s
Three new cases in Santa Fe County:
A female in her 40s
A female in her 50s
A male in his 70s
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 112 positive tests for COVID-19. A previously reported positive case in Chaves County was determined to be a clerical error; the patient has been informed, and the state count has been amended to reflect that fact:
Bernalillo County: 48
Doña Ana County: 13
Cibola County: 1
Chaves County: 3
Curry County: 1
Eddy County: 1
Lea County: 1
McKinley County: 3
Rio Arriba County: 2
Sandoval County: 8
San Juan County: 8
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 17
Socorro County: 2
Taos County: 3
As of today, there are nine individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.
The Department of Health has detected community spread. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.
The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.
Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.
New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).
People without those symptoms do not need to be tested for COVID-19. This is allergy season, and allergy symptoms such as sneezing or itchy eyes, nose or throat do not indicate a need for testing. While the state is gratified that COVID-19 testing is increasingly available, we need to prioritize testing for persons with symptoms of COVID-19 infection – fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.
Grassfire near Calvary Baptist Church
By Roger Lanse
On Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020, at about 2:31 p.m., Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department and Silver City Fire Department personnel were paged out to a grassfire near the intersection of Highway 90 and Truck Bypass, southwest of Calvary Baptist Church, according to Michael Cox, TVFD Incident Commander.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nancy Edith Duarte-Lujan, 39, of Deming, New Mexico, appeared in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico today for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging her with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
According to the criminal complaint, Duarte-Lujan allegedly tried to enter the United States on March 23 at the port of entry in Columbus, New Mexico with a large quantity of marijuana concealed in the spare tire, fenders, back seat and tailgate of the truck she was driving. U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested Duarte-Lujan following an inspection of her vehicle.
Preserving personal protection equipment
is goal of two new health orders
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced two public health orders that will protect New Mexico’s supply of the personal protective equipment health care workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis.
One order prohibits non-essential health services, defined as services that can be delayed for three months without undue risk to the patient’s health. Eliminating non-essential medical procedures will slow the use of personal protective gear. Read it here in English and Spanish.
COVID-19 update. NM instructed to stay home except for emergency essential outings.
Stay Home. Save Lives. All non-essential businesses must cease in-person operations.
[Editor's Note: In case you were as surprised as this editor was by the emergency alert, here's what this editor hadn't gotten to yet in her email inbox.]
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the state’s first death related to COVID-19.
Per the state Department of Health, a male in his late 70s in Eddy County died Sunday, March 22, at Artesia General Hospital.
On March 22, he went to the hospital, where his condition deteriorated rapidly. He died the same day.
A COVID-19 test was performed locally and sent to the state laboratory, which received the test Tuesday, March 24. The lab confirmed the positive test late the same day.
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