New Mexico state health officials announced 124 additional positive tests for COVID-19 on April 9 and the virus is in one new county.
The DOH also reported one additional death in Bernalillo County related to COVID-19, of a woman in her 80s.
She had underlying medical conditions and was a resident at the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque.
The three deaths reported April 8 were also residents at the La Vida Llena, bringing the total number of deaths of residents at the facility related to COVID-19 to six.
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 17.
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 989 positive tests.
There are currently 73 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.
There are 217 cases designated as having recovered.
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 DOH has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.
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 COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).
Health secretary Kathy Kunkel said there are currently 51 testing sites in 28 counties across the state.
The state is working to expand its testing capacity, gained two new machines which “should be up by tomorrow,” and Sandia Labs starting testing today, she said. “There are a total of 25,241 tests today,” she said. To find a testing site in your area visit cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html.
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