COVID-19 Update: Face masks to be enforced, Dona Ana cases near 1,000


Stefanie Gutierrez

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Here are the most important things to know today about COVID-19 according to the New Mexico Department of Health, the office of Michelle Lujan Grisham and Las Cruces officials.

Around the State
Positive cases around the state have risen to 12,276. Total tests administered in New Mexico have reached 350,060 according to the NMDOH. As of Wednesday’s report, the death toll has reached 500, and 5,514 cases have been designated as recovered.

Currently, the state reports 127 hospitalizations.

On July 1, the governor announced the extension of the emergency public health order through July 15.

Gov. Lujan Grisham announced that the state will be strictly enforcing the mandated face covering ruling — noting that violators will be subject to a $100 fine. Retailers are also now required to make sure their customers are wearing face coverings to enter stores.

The extended health order now mandates a 14-day quarantine after travelling out of state, including by car as bordering states continue to see surges in cases.

“Phase 2” of reopening remains postponed.

Around Las Cruces
In Dona Ana County total cases near 1,000, with a total of 957 reported yesterday. A total of nine county deaths caused by the virus have been recorded.

Young adults, aged 20-29 still account for the majority of current total cases.

Around NMSU
On Monday, New Mexico State University released an update for the NMSU Ready Plan curated by the COVID-19 Rapid Response team.

The update noted that vending machines across campus will be stocked with personal protective equipment, and announced a policy called Alternative Work Arrangement that allows flexible and remote employment options.

According to the update, fliers, informational posters and checklists will be additional signage provided at 

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