State health officials announced 387 additional cases of Covid-19 on Oct. 8. On Oct. 7, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state had reached a record high number of cases in a day since the pandemic started, with positive case numbers in the state growing rapidly.

In a live address Oct. 8, she said the state’s public health order expires next week, adding that if the virus continues to spread, “We may well be forced to move backward on our reopening efforts. New Mexico cannot become the next U.S. Covid-19 hotspot.”

As of Oct. 8, the state reported 101 new cases in Bernalillo County, 20 new cases in Santa Fe County and no new in Torrance County.

New Mexico has now had a total of 31,756 Covid-19 cases including 7,286 total in Bernalillo County, 1,144 total in Santa Fe County, and 84 total in Torrance county. The Torrance County Detention Facility has had a total of 44 positive cases to date.

As of Oct. 8, there are 119 individuals hospitalized in the state and there are 18,045 Covid-19 cases designated as having recovered by the Department of Health.

According to Dr. David Scrase, there are a total of 157 school-related cases across the state; 91 are staff and 66 are students.

The governor is still urging the public to avoid large group settings, avoid extended contact with others, wear masks if anywhere but home, physically distance from others, and limit travel outside the home and state. She suggested people limit themselves to going out to three or fewer times a day.

She said is not permitting school-based games or competitions this fall, which includes club sports.

Lujan Grisham said the priority is to continue to ensure more students can safely get back into the classroom.

She said traveling for sports and competitions increases the risk of transmission and the state cannot afford to increase the risk anywhere under current public health conditions. She said the state’s goal is to drive cases back down in time to resume sports in 2021.

People who report symptoms of Covid-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the Covid-19 hotline 1-855-600-3453.

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.

Tamara Bicknell-Lombardi
Tamara Bicknell-Lombardi

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