State officials announced Wednesday that a man in Eddy County is New Mexico’s first reported death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The man in his late 70s died Sunday after being admitted to Artesia General Hospital that day, according to a joint press release from the New Mexico Department of Health and the Office of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
According to the press release, the man — who had numerous chronic underlying health conditions — went to the hospital Sunday and his condition then rapidly deteriorated. No further information has been released.
“I ask all New Mexicans to include the sick and their families in their prayers — as well as the health care workers and those others on the front lines helping protect us from this disease,” Lujan Grisham said.
Lujan Grisham said the latest development demonstrates the seriousness of COVID-19.
“Across our state, across the country, we are all reeling from the effects of this virus. For anyone in our state who had not yet acknowledged this virus as the urgent public health crisis that it is, who has not accepted the extremely compelling need to stay home, today lays bare the very real, very life-or-death consequences of this disease,” she said.