News release from New Mexico Governor's Office:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 86 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 20.
The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregant living facilities:
The case numbers reported Friday, April 10, included one duplicate case in Bernalillo County, one case that had not been lab confirmed in Bernalillo County, and one case in Hidalgo County that has since been reclassified as a non-New Mexico case – the errors have been corrected and are reflected in today’s total COVID-19 cases. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,174 positive tests for COVID-19:
Bernalillo County: 422
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 19
Cibola County: 25
Colfax County: 1
Curry County: 9
Doña Ana County: 49
Eddy County: 6
Grant County: 8
Lea County: 2
Lincoln County: 1
Los Alamos County: 4
Luna County: 2
McKinley County: 140
Otero County: 3
Rio Arriba County: 7
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 199
San Juan County: 149
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 74
Socorro County: 11
Taos County: 15
Torrance County: 9
Valencia County: 15
County totals remain subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.
As of today, there are 78 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.
As of today, there are 235 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. 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).
Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
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.
Gathering ban includes churches, houses of worship
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Saturday that houses of worship must now abide by a public health order banning mass gatherings to mitigate COVID-19 spread.
Houses of worship were previously exempt from the public health emergency order banning mass gatherings, defined as five or more people in a single confined space. That order was amended Saturday – find it attached.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Mexico congregations had already canceled in-person services before the amended order.
“I am so grateful for the support and cooperation from the vast majority of religious leaders of all faiths who have already made the difficult decision to cancel services in the interest of the health and safety of their members,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I understand the tremendous social and spiritual burden this places on New Mexicans, but ultimately, we must do everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19, including being absolutely clear that mass gatherings of any type are not permitted in houses of worship,” she said.
Of the 39 states that have implemented stay-at-home orders, only 11 now have exceptions for religious gatherings, and most of those require social distancing at services.
Most New Mexico churches, synagogues and mosques have already ended face-to-face gatherings, and many Christian churches are planning virtual Easter services via livestream, broadcast or other technical means.
“We know that you want to practice your faith, as you should. But this year we must remember that home is holy. The best thing you can do for your community is to stay there,” the governor said. “While this will be emotionally difficult for so many New Mexicans, public health must be the top priority. The only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home and minimizing all person-to-person contact.”