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New Mexico faces 315 positive cases of COVID-19

SANTA FE (KSMX)- Today, March 31, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials hosted a remote news conference this afternoon to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico. As the surge in testing is rapidly increasing so is the total of positive cases.

New Mexico state health officials announced 35 additional positive tests for COVID-19. The total of all positive cases in New Mexico is 315.

Governor Lujan Grisham stated that citizens should expect a lengthening of public orders and social distancing to extend to April. Testing for the virus in New Mexico has stepped up and officials are requesting more and more equipment to battle the anticipated surge of positive tests that will come.

“We have made sure to have as many of the resources we need. New Mexico is what I think, more prepared than most, however, it still won’t be enough in the best-case scenario.”

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham formally requested that the U.S. Defense Department deploy a staffed 248-bed U.S. Army combat support hospital as a proactive measure intended to enhance the state’s treatment capacity. The request has since been accepted and now officials are waiting on informational data on not only the virus trends in New Mexico but the size of the hospital itself to figure out where to put it.

With Easter being right around the corner, officials stated that public orders restriction of mass gatherings will be extended to at least the end of April following Federal officials’ leads. Grisham stated that the faith-based community has been compliant in all orders, giving the best for their followers.

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

  • 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 6 new cases in San Juan County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Taos County

The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19 bringing the total to 5 deaths in the last two weeks.

The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now five.

 

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