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[ARCHIVED] 4-12-20 Taos County Press Release

Taos County
COVID-19 Press Release
April 12th 2020
As of 4:00 PM today, April 12th, 2020, according to the NM DOH website, the total number of
positive cases in New Mexico is 1,245.
As of 4:00 PM today, April 12th, 2020 Taos County has no new confirmed cases. To date, Taos
County has had 15 positive cases.
NM DOH has reported that 295 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 have now fully recovered.
As of today, the New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed 26 COVID-19 related deaths
within New Mexico. The most recent cases were:
• A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had
underlying medical conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical
• A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical
• A female in her 70s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had
underlying medical conditions.
• A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
NM Department of Health is reporting that there are 80 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico
for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state
but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico.
New Health Order Includes Places of Worship as Mass Gatherings:
Saturday, the Governor’s office announced a new Public Health Order that will include places of
worship as mass gatherings that are prohibited under the new order.
Previously places of worship had been excluded from the order, but with the continued threat of
spreading the virus. The Governor announced that they would now also need to abide by the no
more than 5 individuals’ rule.
The Governor stated that she was grateful for the many houses of worship that had already
voluntarily canceled their services. However, she said there were still many places that had not
To read more about this order please visit:
Taos County Complex by Appointment Only Starting Wednesday April 8th:
To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Taos County Administrative Complex has been
assisting the public by appointment only beginning on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The
appointments will be scheduled between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Please call the respective departments as follows:
County Administration (575) 737-6300
County Assessor (575) 737-6360
County Clerk (575) 737-6380
Bureau of Elections (575) 737-6400
County Probate Judge (575) 737-6391 (Mondays only)
Planning Department (575) 737-6440
County Treasurer (575) 737-6340
Solid Waste Administration (575) 737-6337
Please allow for a 24 - 48 hour response time to schedule your appointment.
We encourage the public to pay your property taxes and solid waste bills online at
Taos County Emergency Services will still be providing emergency services.
What if I Feel Sick?
If you feel like you have the symptoms of the Coronavirus please call the state Coronavirus
Hotline at 1-855-600-3453. They will ask you questions and will give guidance on what step you
should take next. This is a very busy hotline so you may not get though on the first attempt.
Please be patient and follow their guidance.
Signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus are:
• Fever (100.4 F or higher)
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
Symptoms may also, but not necessarily, include:
• Runny nose
• Sore throat
• Headache
• General feeling of being unwell
For the most recent updates from the DOH please visit
How to Help Protect Yourself and Others:
The NM Department of Health along with the CDC and Office of the President are recommending
a very proactive approach to help protect the public from the COVID-19 virus.
Below are the recommendations:
• Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds (sing
your ABC’s to help with the timing)
• If washing your hands is not an option use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%
• Stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary
• Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
• If a family member is sick, try and isolate them from the rest of the family as best as
• Utilize social distancing to limit your exposure; maintain a 6-foot distance between you
and other individuals
• Avoid social gatherings if possible
• Avoid groups of more than 5 people
• Avoid contact with sick individuals
• If you suspect you have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus please call the NM Coronavirus
Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 to speak with a healthcare professional about what you need
to do next. This is a very busy hotline so be patient and follow their guidance.
For non-emergency or non-healthcare related questions please contact the Department of
Health at 1-833-551-0518
Contact: James Hampton, PIO
Office: (575) 737-6457

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