Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024

Health department confirms first coronavirus infections in New Mexico

SANTA FE (AP)- New Mexico is added to the list of positive cases of coronavirus in the United States.

The New Mexico Health Department and New Mexico’s governor said Wednesday that three people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state’s first known cases of infection. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement that a husband and wife in their 60s at Socorro County in central New Mexico tested positive, along with a woman in her 70s in the Albuquerque area, reported by the Associated Press.

The state Health Department plans to deploy public health nurses this week to assisted care facilities for the elderly to look for evidence of the new coronavirus and ensure adequate precautions.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

The state is in the process of trying to expand testing availability to all people with signs of respiratory infection who test negative for influenza, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19).

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

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