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COVID-19 testing expanded for southern counties

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The state of New Mexico has announced 12 new COVID-19 testing sites across southern New Mexico that will occur in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In making the announcement Wednesday, the state Department of Health said that the goal is to drive down positivity rates to turn “red” counties to “green” and restore the economy of the region.

“We are working around the clock to expand New Mexico’s testing capacity,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Testing in New Mexico has been and will always be free. It must be accessible and easy. We’re always working on improving that, and together we will beat back this awful virus.”

“More testing does not lead to more cases,” said Lt. Gov. Howie Morales. “More testing helps us identify who is positive and ensure they are informed and are isolated before they spread the virus throughout the community. Testing is an important tool in helping us cut down the spread. I know southern New Mexico wants to get back to work. Getting tested is an essential step in getting from ‘red’ to ‘green,’ and getting kids safely back in school and more workers safely back to work. The state of New Mexico is grateful to our federal partners for helping to coordinate this important effort in our fight against the virus.”

The following new testing sites will be operational as of Thursday and until at least Monday. State officials said the date might extend beyond that if there is a need. Residents must pre-register for a test at www.doineedacovid19test.com.

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• Las Cruces: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., New Mexico State University, 3305 Williams Ave., Parking Lot 100

• Clovis: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Clovis Community College Gymnasium, 417 Schepps Blvd.

• Hobbs: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ralph Tasker Arena, 800 N. Jefferson St.

• Carlsbad: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, 1500 University Drive

• Portales: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico Greyhound Stadium Home Parking Lot, 1751 W. University Drive

• Socorro: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place (intersection with College Avenue)

• Roswell: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fifth Judicial District Courthouse, 400 N. Virginia Ave.

• Ruidoso: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fire Station 1, 541 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

• Sunland Park/Santa Teresa: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunland Park Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive

• Hatch: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hatch Community Center, 837 NM-187

• Deming: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Valley Learning Center, 2300 E. Pine St.

• Alamogordo: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Alamogordo Civic Center, 800 E. First St.

The state of New Mexico and its testing partners have processed more than 1.1 million tests since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information on testing sites, behavioral health resources and the state of New Mexico’s pandemic response is available at cv.nmhealth.org.

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