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281 Positive Cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico (March 30, 2020, 4:16 p.m.)
New Mexico Department of Health 1-855-600-3453

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March 30, 2020 4:25 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 281
Update includes two additional deaths related to COVID-19​

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 44 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
16 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
5 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Those cases are:
​A female in her 90s in Bernalillo County who died today, Monday, March 30th. The individual had been hospitalized and had an underlying medical condition.
​A female in her 70s in Bernalillo County who died today, Monday, March 30th. The individual had been hospitalized and had an underlying medical condition.
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now four.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 281 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 117
Chaves County: 10
Cibola County: 2
Curry County: 3
Doña Ana County: 18
Eddy County: 4
Lea County: 2
McKinley County: 12
Rio Arriba County: 3
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 22
San Juan County: 27
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 38
​​Socorro County: 3
Taos County: 10
Torrance County: 3
Valencia County: 5

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 24 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 26 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread 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).

While the state is gratified that COVID-19 testing is increasingly available, testing must be prioritized for persons with symptoms of COVID-19 infection – fever, cough, or shortness of breath. This is allergy season, and allergy symptoms such as sneezing or itchy eyes, nose or​ throat do not indicate a need for 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.

Prior Updates

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March 30, 2020 4:19 PM

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March 30, 2020 10:00 a.m.


City of Anthony

Nothing new to report from Mr. Dominguez; Chief Lara reports operations on patrol are going well and noted an increase in CYFD referrals and domestic disturbance calls since the public health order went into effect. She also advised her department has adopted a new protocol on subjects taken into custody during the COVID-19 crisis that monitors for symptomatic conditions. There was a question from the City regarding public park closures, which was addressed by Capt. Shoen in Sunland Park; the mechanism to affect closures of public spaces is the state public health order, which supersedes the local ordinance. Anthony is seeing a lot of calls related to large public gatherings prohibited by the public health order.

City of Sunland Park

Police have been educating the public on prohibited large gatherings, and continue to ask for compliance. Finance WFH three days/week. Closed all parks (11 total). After today, they will be closed to the public in compliance with PHO. SP Sports Complex will be closed; signage going up. Officers will be enforcing no trespass order.

City of Las Cruces

The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and businesses are a top priority for City Council and the leadership in Las Cruces. As such, and consistent with and in support of the direction from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Department of Health public health order the Special Council Meeting on Monday’s March 30th will be held via video conference. To seek public input, we ask that if you have comments/concerns/questions please e-mail your Councilor as follows:

District 1 – kgandara@las-cruces.org District 2 – tstuve@las-cruces.org District 3 – gvasquez@las-cruces.org District 4 – jbencomo@las-cruces.org District 5 – gsorg@las-cruces.org District 6 – yflores@las-cruces.org Mayor – mayor@las-cruces.org If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact us 72 hours before this event at 541-2115/V. To view the meeting, visit Lascruces.civicweb.net DISCUSSION ITEM(S) COMMUNITY RESPONSE PLANS
Las Cruces Police Department

Patrol has been proactively keeping an eye on school campuses; have seen large number of people congregating at parks. Will continue to seek compliance.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Website is back up; static page will continue to host COVID-19 information.

Principals will allow teachers to enter school one at a time to retrieve belongings, will pack up students’ belongings. Will rollout remote learning model toward the end of the week. YouTube channel is operational and is gaining subscribers.
Doña Ana County

Working with schools to deliver meals at Radium Springs.

Last week, 200 meals were distributed at that site alone. Shows we are meeting that need.
Ramping up senior meals, and will work with a provider for additional funding to address that need. Food continues to be the top need in the county.
State Office of Peer Support has some services available in partnership with area hotels for homeless community.
Opportunity for coordination/collaboration with senior community? Jamie and Andrea discussed briefly.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Nothing new to report other than an increase in the number of calls for service related to large gatherings, also seeing pop-up entrepreneurs attempting to operate around the public health order. Some enforcement will be necessary – sheriff will call BLM for activity in desert areas outside the city limits.

Village of Hatch

No report Monday.

Town of Mesilla

Fire department is working with the court to assess temperatures prior to people entering the courtroom Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 5; court continues to be closed Tuesday and Thursday.

Memorial Medical Center

Will be part of 2:00 meeting with the City of Las Cruces. No other updates to report.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

The hospital is working with Vitalant to host a blood drive at the senior center Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In compliance with social distancing, the drive will be done by appointment only. Flyer is attached to the notes for anyone wanting to share this information. Kelly will send out to the media. 877-25VITAL

Here’s the link for anyone who would like to participate or share:


http://www.bloodhero.com/index.cfm?group=op&step=2&opid=929001&opidh=BA5A45D3A7B7915B71A2199D016D8B6D&idt=43917.3424421

New Mexico State University

Classes start today online across the entire university system. NMSU is boosting wifi signals across campus to support those without an internet connection. Students are able to pull up to academic buildings or coop extension service to connect from the parking lot.

New Mexico State University Police

Needed assistance with a protective custody directive on screening detainees prior to transport. Chief Lara was helpful in providing guidance.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Working on a report for the city’s meeting today at 2:00.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

No changes, still enforcing medical screening. Video visitation plans are still in progress.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Illness

For all nursing homes and assisted living residents that may be showing signs or symptoms of having the virus

1. Nursing staff will contact the Covid-19 hotline and follow procedures and, 2. Contact Mr. Chris Burmeister who is the DOH Director of Improvement and Licensing for Skilled Nursing, and Assisted Living Facilities All facilities are following CMS/CDC guidelines.
Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

Have received a lot of calls regarding large gatherings. Those calls were being dispatched to Codes, but will not be doing that any longer. MVRDA is locked down, law enforcement is asked to do business through drive-through.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

No report on Monday.

New Mexico Department of Health

No report Monday, but there was a query from Sunland Park on how we can identify on a map where current number of COVID-19 cases are in the community (not to include any sensitive or protected information). El Paso County has a map on www.kvia.com that has general areas indicted for positive cases.

*Please note that David Morgan, the PIO for the local DOH office, is working between Santa Fe and Las Cruces, coordinating media and PR for the state DOH and the Office of the Governor. Because of those priorities, he is not always available to be on the call.

March 30, 2020 4:16 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 44 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

16 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
5 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Those cases are:

A female in her 90s in Bernalillo County who died today, Monday, March 30th. The individual had been hospitalized and had an underlying medical condition.
A female in her 70s in Bernalillo County who died today, Monday, March 30th. The individual had been hospitalized and had an underlying medical condition.
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now four.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 281 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 117

Chaves County: 10

Cibola County: 2

Curry County: 3

Doña Ana County: 18

Eddy County: 4

Lea County: 2

McKinley County: 12

Rio Arriba County: 3

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 22

San Juan County: 27

San Miguel County: 1

Santa Fe County: 38

Socorro County: 3

Taos County: 10

Torrance County: 3

Valencia County: 5

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 24 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 26 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread 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).

While the state is gratified that COVID-19 testing is increasingly available, testing must be prioritized for persons with symptoms of COVID-19 infection – fever, cough, or shortness of breath. This is allergy season, and allergy symptoms such as sneezing or itchy eyes, nose or throat do not indicate a need for 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.