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Lujan Grisham cites progress in COVID-19 fight


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Though progress has been made in flattening the curve in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned there is still much that needs to be done in addressing the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” she said during a live-streamed public briefing Wednesday.

The warning came as state officials announced an additional 139 COVID-19 infections and six new deaths. Wednesday’s figures bring the overall number of infections in the state to 2,210 and the number of deaths to 71, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

New positives tests for COVID-19 grouped by county are: 15 in Bernalillo County, seven in Doña Ana County, one in Eddy County, one in Guadalupe County, three in Lea County, 59 in McKinley County, three in Roosevelt County, 25 in San Juan County, 19 in Sandoval County, five in Santa Fe County and one in Valencia County.

No new cases were reported in Chaves County, which so far has had 21 positive test results and one death from the virus.

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Five of the six deaths reported Wednesday were in San Juan County and the deceased ranged in age from their 30s to their 90s. The sixth fatality was a man in his 30s from McKinley County who had been hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

Lujan Grisham announced that 121 individuals with COVID-19 were hospitalized in New Mexico as of Wednesday, of which 31 are on ventilators.

A total of 547 individuals have been designated by the Department of Health as having recovered from the disease, according to the press release.

Dr. David Scrase, Secretary of Human Services, said at the briefing that New Mexico has made great strides in flattening the curve. He said data from this week shows the curve has flattened in Santa Fe County, and Bernalillo County is near the same point.

However, counties in the northwestern part of the state continue to struggle with high rates of infection. Scrase said the rate of infection in McKinley County, per person, is now seven times greater than in Bernalillo County.

Scrase though said the data is from just one week and can change quickly.

Lujan Grisham said that in the coming days, people should look for the state to extend existing public health orders to May 15.

However, as people across the county debate about how quickly to reopen state and local economies, Lujan Grisham sought to lay out a road map for how New Mexico intends to go about reopening many of its businesses.

She discussed a three-phase approach to doing so. She said New Mexico is now in the first phase, which she called a preparation phase in looking at how businesses deemed nonessential can begin to resume operation.

Lujan Grisham said that as part of that phase, a 15-member economic recovery council has been established, composed of businesses and labor leaders to identify how businesses can go about reopening and what public health measures those businesses should take in order to do so.

In what she called phase one, populations vulnerable would still be encouraged to stay at home, but some nonessential businesses would begin to reopen. Others though would remain closed.

In what she referred to as “phase two and beyond,” additional businesses would be allowed to reopen in compliance with certain public health measures.

Society though is unlikely to be fully restored to how it was pre-COVID-19, Lujan Grisham said, until a vaccine is developed.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.


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