SANTA FE (KSMX)- New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced eight additional positive tests for COVID-19, bring the total to 43 in the state.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
- A female in Bernalillo County in her teens
- Two males in Bernalillo County in their 40s
- A male in Doña Ana County in his 20s
- A male in McKinley County in his 30s
- A female in Sandoval County in her teens
- A male in Sandoval County in his 80s
- A female in Taos County in her 70s
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 43 positive tests for COVID-19:
- Bernalillo County: 23
- Doña Ana County: 1
- McKinley County: 1
- Sandoval County: 6
- San Miguel County: 1
- Santa Fe County: 7
- Socorro County: 2
- Taos County: 2
The Department of Health has detected community spread.
The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, additional restrictions enacted by order of the secretary of health Thursday are intended to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated by social distancing and isolation.
Certain businesses are mandated closed; others have been instructed to limit operations. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.
The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.