BRIEF: Three NM residents test presumptive positive for Coronavirus

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NMSU's Aggie Health and Wellness Center

The first confirmed cases of Coronavirus were announced Wednesday by the office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health.

The cases all involve adults over 60 who returned from travel to Egypt and New York. Two cases involve a husband and wife who are isolated at their home in Socorro County and one woman is isolated in Bernalillo County, the news release reported. 

Two New Mexico State University students who recently returned to NM from Italy for a study abroad are in a 14-day self-quarantine according to reports from Las Cruces Sun-News. Both students have returned home, one to Truth or Consequences and the other to El Paso. 

NMSU administration issued an announcement via email Friday, March 6 regarding emergency preparation. 

“Epidemics come in stages, and we are fortunate that one of our chief priorities now is to take simple, common-sense prevention measures. These were distributed Wednesday in an email,” President John Floros wrote. “Also, our staff has increased the frequency of cleaning of high-touch surfaces, including reception counters, door handles, exit devices and handrails, to their regular routines.”

NMSU also notes that students should take preventative measures such as frequent proper hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes and disinfecting highly-touched surfaces often. 

The Aggie Health and Wellness center also advises calling before coming to the health provider to avoid exposing others.   

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