A woman in her 50s in Chaves County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The New Mexico Department of Health said in a statement the woman is one of 24 additional positive tests for the contagion.
The new case brings the number of people known to have contracted COVID-19 to four in Chaves County and 136 for the state.
Public health officials Wednesday reported a man in his 70s from Eddy County was New Mexico’s first death from COVID-19.
Other new cases reported Thursday include seven in Bernalillo County, three in Dona Ana County, two in Sandoval County, six in San Juan County and five in Santa Fe County.
According to the statement, the New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which include contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.
The Department has continuously instructed people to adhere to social distancing practices and limit unnecessary travel to slow the advance of the virus.
On Tuesday, a public health order from the Department of Health and signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham went into effect. The order limits gatherings of more than five people and orders the closure of businesses not deemed essential by the state.
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