In a press release on Tuesday, April 21, the office of the governor reported seven additional COVID-19 related deaths and 103 new cases in the state.
The Department of Health reported that six of the seven individuals who died were over the age of 70, and all had underlying medical conditions. The seventh individual was a male in his 60s who also had underlying health conditions.
With these seven additional deaths, the total number of COVID-19 related deaths has been raised to 65 for New Mexico residents.
The total number of positive COVID-19 tests in New Mexico had reached 2,072 at the time of the release.
Positive cases of the virus have been identified by The Department of Health in residents and/or staff at multiple congregate living facilities in the state. The facilities are: Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque, Aztec Health Care in Aztec, Beehive Homes in Farmington, Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque, La Vida Llena in Albuquerque, Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe, Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington, The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho and Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque.
Community spread in multiple counties across the state has been detected by The Department of Health. In response to this, the office of the governor instructed all residents to stay home and limit travel except for outings necessary for health, safety and welfare. “These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated,” according to the governors press release. In addition to this, all businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close.
According to reports current to Tuesday, 119 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. Included in that number may have been individuals who tested positive out of state but were hospitalized in New Mexico, and not included are New Mexicans who tested positive but have been transferred to an out of state hospital. Also as of Tuesday, The New Mexico Department of Health had designated 529 COVID-19 cases as having recovered.
The parameters for being considered for testing have been broadened due to an increase in the statewide testing capacity. People who are asymptomatic are now being considered for testing. Considerations are taken if they are contacts or household members of state residents who have already tested positive for the virus, residents in nursing homes, and/or those in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes or detention centers. Symptomatic individuals are also being considered for testing.
Any New Mexicans who are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 infection are advised to immediately call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline (1-855-600-3453).
The governor’s office advised any New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns to call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being regularly updated in the effort to provide a comprehensive source for information about COVID-19. Additionally, the state Department of Health will provide updated state lab results on their COVID-19 webpage.