March 17, 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 brings state to 23 positive tests

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Andy Lyman

Two new positive tests of COVID-19 have been found in New Mexico, increasing the number of overall cases to 23.

The state Department of Health announced a man in his 50s in Taos County and a man in his 40s in Santa Fe County tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by a coronavirus.

Update (3/18): Five new cases of COVID-19, one case without a known link

This is the first positive test of COVID-19 in Taos County so far. Previous test positive cases have been in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Socorro and Santa Fe counties. Including the two cases from Tuesday morning, the positive tests are in:

  • Bernalillo County: 14
  • ​Sandoval County: 2
  • ​​Santa Fe County: 4
  • ​​​Socorro County: 2
  • ​Taos County: 1

The state says 1,272 people have been tested so far. 

The Department of Health is actively investigating the new cases, including contact-tracing and swabbing symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases, according to the news release.

The state encourages social distancing and staying home as much as possible. Citizens who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately 1-855-600-3453.