New Mexico is in the coronavirus mix. This morning, state officials confirmed that the state has three confirmed cases of Covid-19. New Mexico Govenor Michelle Lujan Grisham said a husband and wife in their 60s in Socorro County tested positive, as well as with a woman in her 70s in the Albuquerque area.

Officials say the husband and wife had traveled recently to Egypt. The other woman had also traveled recently to New York City. All three are being isolated in their homes so that they cannot transit the virus.

New Mexico's Governor is a former state Health Department secretary who said she and her administration hav been preparing for the arrival of the coronavirus for weeks. Lujan Grisham said she will deploy state resources on the elderly and plans to send public health nurses to assisted care facilities. They will be looking for evidence of coronavirus infection as well as make sure that proper precautions are being taken in assisted care facilities.

Coronavirus infections in Washington State seem to be clustered in nursing homes and the elderly can see more severe symptoms if they are exposed to coronavirus.

The husband and wife who have been confirmed to have coronavirus are in Socorro County and the other woman lives in the Albuquerque area. New Mexico officials say they are working on trying to expand testing availability to people with signs of respiratory infection who test negative for influenza.

As of the publication of this article, the El Paso/Las Cruces/Juarez area has had no confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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