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Update on New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 28

Mar 18, 2020 | Press Releases

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • A woman in Bernalillo County in her 80s
  • A woman in Bernalillo County in her 40s; the state Department of Health is investigating community spread in this case as this individual had no known exposure
  • A woman in Santa Fe County in her 30s
  • A woman in Sandoval County in her teens
  • A woman in Sandoval County in her 50s

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 28 positive tests for COVID-19:

  • Bernalillo County: 16
  • Sandoval County: 4
  • Santa Fe County: 5
  • ​​Socorro County: 2
  • Taos County: 1

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into each of the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

State officials have vigorously encouraged all New Mexicans to practice social distancing procedures: stay home, particularly if you are sick.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19.

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 and finalized as a one-stop source for information.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

Contact

The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is located on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol in Room 400.

Address:
490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 476-2200
Toll free: (833) 520-0020

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