COVID-19 Updates: March 16 2020


Stop the Spread. Courtesy CDC

Closures, restrictions and ‘social distancing’ is being felt around the state this week. As of this morning, here are the most important coronavirus updates you need to know according to the Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University administration:

Updates around the state

  • 17 positive tests for COVID-19 in New Mexico: 10 in Bernallilo County, two in Sandoval County, three in Santa Fe County and two in Socorro County. The state has yet to see community spread as of late. Total tests administered has reached 583.
  • Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued five executive orders to authorize up to $3.5 million of additional funding for disaster relief and emergency response efforts in New Mexico.  
  • State museums, state historical sites, state parks and cultural institutions closed to the public effective Monday, March 16. 
  • An Amended public health order, effective March 16 at 9 a.m., directs all restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries and other food establishments shall not operate at more than 50% of maximum capacity and occupancy, with tables and booths not seating more than six people, tables six feet apart. Seating at bars and serving standing patrons is prohibited. 
  • Gatherings of over 100 people in a single room or connected space – excluding places of worship, shelters, retailers and hospitals – is prohibited. 
  • Casinos and horse racing facilities must be shut down until April 10, excluding those on tribal land. 

Updates surrounding NMSU

  • El Paso Department of Health confirmed two presumptive positive cases Sunday March 15
  • NMSU extended Spring Break one week along with New Mexico Tech, University of New Mexico spring break extended three weeks. Campus remains open. 
  • Aggie Cupboard open for distribution Tuesdays 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and Thursday 3 p.m.-6 p.m. The Aggie Cupboard is no longer accepting donations until further notice, one client admitted at a time, waiting clients must have 3 feet between them and must have their Aggie ID. 
  • NMSU has activated an Information Line at 575-646-7373 for NMSU community members, students and faculty, active 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • NMSU Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday- Friday and closed on the weekends throughout spring break. 


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