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Another local COVID-19 death reported Monday

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State officials announce governor in quarantine

Chaves County recorded another death related to COVID-19 Monday according to the New Mexico Health Department, even as the number of new cases was down compared to late last week. Also on Monday, the state reported that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has self-quarantined after a possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Monday’s death, one of two reported in the state, was a woman in her 70s. She had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions, according to the health department’s daily update. Her death brings the county’s total since March to 13.

Monday’s second death was a man in his 70s from Lea County. He had also been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

With two deaths reported Sunday — a man in his 50s from Doña Ana County and a man in his 70s from San Juan County — the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the state is now 894.

Chaves County started off the week with low numbers of new cases of COVID-19 compared to the latter part of last week.

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Sunday and Monday’s combined new local cases total 32 — equal to or less than what was reported each day Wednesday through Saturday. Twenty-two cases were reported Sunday and 10 on Monday.

The total number of cases to date statewide is now 30,632, with 1,356 in Chaves County.

The governor’s office announced in a separate press release Monday a member of the custodial staff of the governor’s residence reported feeling unwell Thursday afternoon and was given a test for COVID-19, which was positive.

The staff member did not have personal contact with the governor, but she and her fiancé, Manny Cordova, were tested even though they showed no symptoms. Thirty-seven staff members including residence staff, the governor’s security detail, and administration and staff of the governor’s office were also tested and showed negative test results.

All are scheduled for another test on Wednesday, according to the press release.

During the two-week quarantine, the governor will work remotely from her Santa Fe residence.

“Working remotely is not new to me or my staff, and we will not lose a beat over these next two weeks,” the governor said in the press release. “This should serve to demonstrate to New Mexicans that we are all susceptible to a possible exposure. We should all continue to act as if we are already positive and if everyone around us is positive; it’s the best practice for ensuring the risk of infection to ourselves and those around us is minimized to the greatest extent possible.”

The press release said the governor plans to host her weekly COVID-19 public update remotely later this week. The Office of the Governor and state health officials will announce scheduling information about that update later in the week.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline at 855-600-3453.

In addition to those displaying symptoms of COVID-19, the Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:

• Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;

• Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes;

• Patients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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