Rise in COVID-19 cases in NM attributed to people letting their guard down | KOB 4

Rise in COVID-19 cases in NM attributed to people letting their guard down

Patrick Hayes
Updated: June 29, 2020 06:09 PM
Created: June 29, 2020 05:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Bernalillo County continues to see a spike in coronavirus cases. 

On Monday, the state Health Department announced a total of 173 new cases including 45 in Bernalillo County.


That’s more than twice the amount of new cases the county reported on the previous Monday.

Dr. Daniel Sosin, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health, attributed the rise to a lack of social distancing and not wearing a mask.

"And it's really a broad combination of more virus and a little bit of a drop off in our safety measures," he said. 

Dr. Sosin added: "All those steps that we've been harping on, for really months, four months now, those are best measures to contain, and we're really starting to slip back from those, and we really need to be enforcing them."

According to the state's data, people in their 20s and 30s have the highest number of cases in New Mexico.

Health officials with the university of New Mexico say young people may not feel the effects of coronavirus the same as older people, but they should still be careful.

"I think this is a reminder that anyone can get sick, and there are bad outcomes that can occur in those young folks," said Dr. Walter Dehority, infectious disease specialist. "It also, perhaps more importantly, even though young may tend to do better with this disease, they can serve as a source of infection for individuals that are more susceptible."

Health officials say as businesses start to reopen, cases will rise.

But they remind the public that infections can be limited by wearing a mask and staying six feet apart.

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