New Mexico Department of Health announces 92 positive tests for COVID-19 in New Mexico

Las Cruces News

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KTSM) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced 92 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Friday’s update includes three new deaths and another new case in Doña Ana County.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

39 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
8 new cases in McKinley County
26 new cases in Sandoval County
9 new cases in San Juan County
4 new case in Socorro County
2 new cases counties not yet identified

The Department of Health on Friday said the three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 are as follows:

A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County who died, April 2. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County who died, today April 3. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from Sandoval County who died early this afternoon. The individual had underlying medical conditions.

The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 10, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 495 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 202
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 13
Cibola County: 8
Curry County: 6
Doña Ana County: 22
Eddy County: 4
Grant County: 1
Lea County: 2
McKinley County: 32
Otero County: 2
Rio Arriba County: 5
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 66
San Juan County: 50
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 52
Socorro County: 4
Taos County: 13
Torrance County: 3
Valencia County: 5
Counties not identified: 2

The New Mexico Department of Health also reported on Friday that there are 41 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.

Officials said the number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. Additionally, the number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of Friday, there are 34 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety, and welfare.

These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety, and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health said it 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 NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Due to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.

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.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

1922 bar to reopen as a restaurant on Friday

El Paso City officials provide update on COVID-19 on Thursday

New details reveals motive behind suspect destroying statue at St. Patrick's Cathedral

El Paso man accused of trying to hit officer with hatchet

Two local biker riders complete 'everesting' on Scenic Drive

Health officials report five new COVID-19 related deaths in El Paso on Thursday

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link