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3 positive cases of coronavirus confirmed in New Mexico

Christina Rodriguez
Updated: March 11, 2020 05:26 PM
Created: March 02, 2020 12:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Officials have announced three presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, the first confirmed cases in the state. 

Two of the cases are a husband and wife in Socorro County, both in their 60s, who had recently traveled to Egypt. The third case is a Bernalillo County woman in her 70s who had recently traveled to the New York City area. The three individuals are at their homes in isolation. 

Officials with the New Mexico Health Department said the people were tested late Tuesday, and the results were back Wednesday morning. Health officials are investigating the cases and getting in contact with anyone the patients may have come in contact with. 

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared this a public health emergency for New Mexico, enabling additional resources for the state. 

“The state Department of Health has been preparing for this day for weeks now,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “In the meantime, I will reiterate that New Mexicans can take preventive actions to protect themselves and mitigate the potential spread. We will address this public health challenge together.”

The Office of the Governor shared the following preventative steps: 

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces daily with regular household cleaners
  • Avoid sharing personal household items – when sick, stay at home and don't go to work or school 

Gov. Lujan Grisham is urging New Mexicans who believe they have coronavirus to call the New Mexico Department of Health hotline (855-600-3453) or their doctor. She advises to not physically go visit your doctor because that puts others at risk.  

According to the NMDOH, 90 people have been tested for coronavirus. For more information, click here.

What does presumptive positive mean?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a presumptive positive result is when a patient has tested positive by a public health laboratory, but results are pending confirmation at CDC. 

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