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New Mexico: Latest updates on Coronavirus

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Updated March 27 at 6:35 p.m. ET

New Mexico has 191 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), as of March 24, according to the state's health department, as well as one death as of Sunday, March 22. Seventeen people are hospitalized with the illness in the state. New Mexico has tested 9,387 individuals, with the rest showing negative results, making it among the states least impacted by the virus so far in the US.

Cases by county:

  • Bernalillo County: 82
  • Cibola County: 2
  • Chaves County: 4
  • Curry County: 1
  • Doña Ana County: 16
  • Eddy County: 2
  • Lea County: 2
  • McKinley County: 5
  • Rio Arriba County: 3
  • Roosevelt County: 1
  • Sandoval County: 15
  • San Juan County: 17
  • San Miguel County: 1
  • Santa Fe County: 29
  • Socorro County: 2
  • Taos County: 8
  • Valencia County: 1

For anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath, the health department says to call your health care provider or the department's dedicated COVID-19 hotline: 1-855-600-3453.

As of March 25, the state is instructing all residents to stay home except for outings that are essential for health, safety and welfare. All businesses, except those deemed essential, have been ordered to close, according to the state’s department of health. 

All of the state's public schools, grades K–12, are closed for three weeks beginning Monday (March 16), the New Mexico Public Education Department said in a statement. Some universities and colleges are also suspended (Local news site KQRE has a list of state universities and colleges that will be closed). The news site KQRE also has a list of places that will continue to deliver meals to students throughout the state. 

On March 17, state Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered all mass gatherings to be canceled and that restaurants and other eateries stay open only for take-out or delivery. She also directed the closing of shopping malls, recreational facilities, gyms and theaters, KFox14 reported

COVID-19 testing sites in New Mexico


(505) 596-2200
4515 Coors Blvd NW 87120
Daily: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Optum Urgent Care
Optum Triage line (505) 232-1010
5150 Journal Center Blvd NE 87109
M – F 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 7 a.m. 5 p.m.

Optum Primary Care
Optum Triage line (505) 232-1010
13701 Encantado Rd. NE 8712
M – F:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rio Rancho
Rio Rancho Family Practice
Optum Triage line (505) 232-1010
1721 Rio Rancho Blvd. SE 87124
M – F:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Presbyterian Española Hospital
(505) 753-7111
1010 Spruce St. 87532
Daily: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa Fe
Christus St. Vincent Hospital
(505) 913-3361 (Call for hours)
455 St. Michaels Dr. 87505

Holy Cross Hospital
(800) 755-6236 (Call for hours)
1397 Weimer Rd. 87571

Gallup Indian Medical Center
(505) 722-1000
516 E Nizhoni Blvd 87301
24 hours/7 days a week

On March 14, the state Department of Health announced it was ordering nursing homes to limit visitation to people with loved ones receiving end-of-life care. The limitations also affect "facilities providing assisted living, adult day care, hospice and rehabilitation for older adult patients. Facilities where older adults live or that provide services to them are strongly encouraged to implement the recommendations as is reasonably appropriate," the statement said. Those recommendations include screening visitors for temperature, implementing hand washing for visitors upon entry and requiring an escort for visitors to and from rooms.

Originally published on Live Science. 

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