Coronavirus cases surge in New Mexico

State imposes $100 fine for not wearing face coverings; imposes $14-day visitor quarantine

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told the state Wednesday (July 1) that New Mexico was dangerously close to rolling back openings amid a new surge in cases of the novel coronavirus.

As New Mexico’s cases increased to 12,276, state officials are hammering down with a new public health order designed to reduce the daily cases reported in the state. 

“We’re now seeing the whole state start to increase with the number of cases,” said Human Services Secretary David Scrase. “This is really concerning.” 

The new public health order mandates face covering use in public spaces across the state for anyone over age 4 years of age. Lujan Grisham said the state would be stepping up enforcement of the order and would fine those not in compliance up to $100 for not wearing a mask. 

The mask requirement does not apply to anyone who is exercising, eating or drinking. 

During her conference, Lujan Grisham also cautioned the state about celebrating the 4th of July in large groups over the weekend. 

“The behavior this weekend alone can be sufficient to create incredible transmission and risk for everyone else in the state,” Lujan Grisham said. 

No other changes were reported for the current state of businesses across the state but state officials are holding off opening others for the next two weeks. Businesses and services not open will remain closed until the state is able to process the data for the next two weeks.

The governor was adamant about the current stay-at-home order in place and urged New Mexicans to not travel out of state for the time being.

In addition, the new order calls for a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all out-of-state visitors who are non-essential workers and not traveling on business. 

Cases in Arizona and Texas have been spiking in the past week with thousands of cases reported recently. 

A total of 5,514 cases have been designated as recovered in the state.  Despite the recoveries, the state currently has 500 fatalities related to COVID-19.  A total of 350,060 tests have been administered in New Mexico.

A previous version of this story stated the self quarantine applied to all out of state visitors.

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