SANTA FE – Health officials in New Mexico reported 1,033 new COVID-19 cases Sunday and seven more deaths as preparations began for a two-week near-lockdown ordered by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The latest figures increased the statewide total to 64,201 cases and the known death toll to 1,215.
New Mexico Department of Health officials said due to a technical lapse from some private labs, Sunday’s numbers only reflect a partial total. The delayed results will be reported as soon as they are received and confirmed.
Grisham, a Democrat, on Friday ordered many businesses to close and asked residents to stay home starting Monday following a steady increase in infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
Under the governor’s order, grocery stores, pharmacies, day cares, gas stations and other essential businesses can still operate. But they are being told to minimize operations and in-person staffing to the greatest extent possible. Restaurants may provide curbside pickup and delivery services, but on-site dining is prohibited.
The state court system has postponing the start of any new civil and criminal jury trials until the end of the year. Appellate, district, metropolitan and magistrate courts will remain open while following guidelines to reduce transmission risks.