SANTA FE– The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) continues to monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China and around the world. China has reported over 40,000 confirmed cases that have been identified in twenty-four countries, including 15 cases in the US. There have been no cases of novel coronavirus diagnosed in New Mexico at this time. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and respirators. Currently, there is a decrease in PPE exports from China and India and an increase in demand due to the outbreak. There are plans to surge manufacturing globally, but in the meantime, the CDC has made the following recommendations regarding prevention of the novel coronavirus:

  • The general public should not use facemasks. Instead, everyday preventative actions should be used, such as washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.
  • Patients with confirmed or suspected 2019-nCoV infection should wear a facemask when seeking healthcare, or when around people.
  • Healthcare personnel should wear PPE when caring for 2019-nCoV patients, and should be trained and fit-tested for N95 respirators.

Currently, the risk of exposure with travel to any country besides China is low. NMDOH asks all persons returning from China to call our 24/7/365 “Epidemiology Hotline” at 505-827-0006 for guidance on how to protect yourself and your community from the novel coronavirus, even if you are not sick. 

We also encourage healthcare providers to continue to be highly proactive and vigilant with regards to COVID-19, particularly with travelers returning home from China and presenting with fever and lower respiratory symptoms, like cough and shortness of breath.

“It’s important to note that there are currently no cases detected in New Mexico,” said NMDOH Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “and there is no need for the general public to use facemasks to prevent novel coronavirus infection.”

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, with some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals including camels, civet cats, and bats. While early cases are thought to have spread from animal-to-person, some person-to-person spread is happening in China. Person-to-person transmission has also occurred in the US, in the respective spouses of two known cases with travel to China. It is still unclear how easily this virus can spread between people.

The CDC reports that based on current information, the immediate health risk to the general American public is low. In addition, the CDC has a FAQ page available to answer public questions and address concerns.

Healthcare professionals who suspect COVID-19 should immediately notify infection control personnel at their facility and contact the New Mexico Department of Health at: (505) 827-0006. 

Updated information is being released rapidly. Please consult the CDC website on 2019-nCoV for the most up to date information. 

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Check out Pets to Adopt. The High Desert Humane Society has some new cats and dogs up for adoption.

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions. They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as the editor.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds. Check periodically to see if any news ones have popped up. The former software failed us, so it's just a category now, with prices posted. Send your information to editor@grantcountybeat.com and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. It's a software problem, not easily fixable, other than showing fewer articles per summary page. If you are a frequent visitor, you might not mind fewer articles per page, but if you only come once in a while, you likely want to see more articles to browse. Write me at editor@grantcountybeat.com to let me know your feelings on this issue. 

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  


All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Newsletter: If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat. 

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member.

We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com