COVID-19 Updates: March 18, 2020 


Stefanie Gutierrez

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This story was updated at 1:33 p.m. March 18, 2020.

Here are the most important things you need to know today according to the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of the Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico State University officials:

Around the State

  • Positive cases in NM have risen to 28, with total tests reaching 2,354 residents. The cases are located in Bernalillo County (16), Sandoval County (4), Santa Fe County (5), Socorro County (2) and Taos County (1)
  • According to the Office of the Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the state of NM has qualified for the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance program to assist businesses affected by COVID-19 by offering low-interest federal disaster loans up to $2 million. 
  • Also according to a press release from Grisham’s office, NM advises that residents without COVID-19 Symptoms do not need testing to optimize the available amount of tests. Those who do not display any symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter medical facilities without prior contact, the advisory warns. 

Around NMSU

  • NMSU President John Floros will host a virtual town hall March 18 at 2:30 p.m. via webcast on Panopto and Zoom.
  • Advising sessions are being offered virtually for the Fall 2020 or Summer 2020 semesters via Microsoft Teams through NMSU accounts. 
  • All NMSU spring sports have been officially cancelled by the Western Athletic Conference for the remainder of the academic year. 
  • Aggie Cupboard will continue to accept donations on Thursdays between 1 and 3 p.m. and Tuesdays between 9 and 11 a.m.


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