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Updated May 7 at 10:23 a.m. ET

New Mexico has 4,291 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), as of May 7, according to the state’s health department, as well as 169 deaths. 

New Mexico has tested 85,684 individuals, and sits at number 37 on the list of U.S. coronavirus cases per state or territory, behind 35 states and Washington D.C. However, limited testing nationwide suggests that most states are significantly under-counting their cases.

The state health department has said it believes there are undetected cases and that the virus is actively spreading in the community; several of the patients confirmed to have the virus in the state appear to have never come in contact with anyone else known to have the virus.

Beginning May 6, large grocery stores, retail spaces, and restaraunts offering curbside or delivery service are required by executive order to ensure all employees have face coverings. The order expands to all essential businesses May 11.

Roads into Gallup, New Mexico were closed as part of an aggressive effort to control the outbreak in the city bordering badly-hit Navajo Nation. Gov. Michelle Lujan invoked a law designed to control riots in order to lock down the city. Eleven checkpoints and roadblocks have been set up around the city according to KRQE. The lockdown is set to lift at noon on May 7.

The New Mexico Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program has shifted to curbside service for low-income pregnant, postpartum and nursing (breastfeeding) women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. Find information about applying and scheduling an appointment here.

Cases by county:

On March 14, the state Department of Health announced it was ordering nursing homes to limit visitation to people with loved ones receiving end-of-life care. The limitations also affect “facilities providing assisted living, adult day care, hospice and rehabilitation for older adult patients. Facilities where older adults live or that provide services to them are strongly encouraged to implement the recommendations as is reasonably appropriate,” the statement said. Those recommendations include screening visitors for temperature, implementing hand washing for visitors upon entry and requiring an escort for visitors to and from rooms.Coronavirus science and news

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Coronavirus science and news

—Coronavirus in the US: Map & cases
—What are the symptoms?
—How deadly is the new coronavirus?
—How long does virus last on surfaces?
—Is there a cure for COVID-19?
—How does it compare with seasonal flu?
—How does the coronavirus spread?
—Can people spread the coronavirus after they recover?

Sourse: www.livescience.com

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