The number of people who have tested positive in New Mexico for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now reached 100.
No new documented cases were reported in Chaves County, but the New Mexico Department of Health stated via press release Tuesday that there have been 17 new cases within the state since Monday.
New reported cases include five in Bernalillo County, three in Dona Ana County, one in Cibola County, one in Curry County, one in McKinley County, four in San Juan County and two in Santa Fe County.
Chaves County received word of its first four known cases of COVID-19 Monday, when the Department of Public Health confirmed a male and female, both in their 20s; a male in his 50s and a female in her 60s all had tested positive for the virus.
Tuesday marked the first day a stay at home instruction issued by the Department of Public Health and signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was in effect.
The order, which mandates the closure of all businesses deemed nonessential by the state and prohibits outdoor gatherings of more than five people, went into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday. It will remain in effect until at least April 10.
People are also urged to avoid nonessential travel.
Guidelines for social distancing have been issued by state and federal public health officials to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 contagion. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported in New Mexico March 11.
Since then, as of Tuesday, there have been 43 cases reported in Bernalillo County; 14 in Santa Fe County; 13 in Dona Ana County; seven in Sandoval County; seven in San Juan County; four in Chaves County; three in Taos County; three in McKinley County and two in Socorro County.
Cibola, Curry, Lea, and San Miguel counties each have reported one positive case, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
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