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New Mexico extends stay-at-home, face mask orders as data shows virus cases rise at churches

SANTA FE, New Mexico -- New Mexico has extended its stay-at-home health order with minor revisions through the end of August in response to a surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday afternoon.

Face masks will also remain required in all public places, she said, and law enforcement may issue citations to individuals who deliberately flout the rule. Lujan Grisham added that more progress is still needed before the state can reopen the economy further.

The governor urged residents to be cautious and conscientious in avoiding possible exposure, particularly amid new data this week that shows virus infections on the rise at houses of worship in the state.

“Personal behavior is the essential factor right now... too many New Mexicans are still gathering in groups, not wearing face coverings and taking undue risks," the governor said. "The state’s public health requirements reflect everything we know to work in reducing the opportunity for the virus to spread."

The governor previously delayed re-entry to school classrooms until at least Sept. 7 and rolled back plans to reopen the economy by restoring a ban on indoor restaurant service and requiring a 14-day self-quarantine as travelers enter or return to New Mexico.

The state reported 255 new cases Thursday for a cumulative count of 20,388 and three additional deaths for 635 total fatalities. Doña Ana County had 22 new cases for a tally of 2,139 to date; the death toll held steady at 19.

There was one new inmate case at the Otero County Prison Facility, which along with the Otero County ICE Processing Center, has been responsible for 907 infections thus far. The governor said after a call with Vice President Mike Pence, the two federally-run facilities have agreed to follow New Mexico health requirements in an effort to reduce additional case load.

Thursday's briefing by the governor and her staff also came as new data from the New Mexico Department of Health shows that Covid-19 cases are decreasing in a number of industries like restaurants, gyms and travel, but they're increasing at places of worship.

Lujan Grisham's on-going public health order allows churches to have services at 25% capacity. The state data from the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Bureau, Epidemiology and Response Division shows that from July 8-14, virus cases jumped from 3.7 percent to 5.2 percent from July 15-21.

David Morgan, a spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Health said the best thing people can do right now is stay home - and wear those masks if they need to go out.

"We do have to be able to work within the parameters for what the capacities are for these facilities, also while doing so, we can't let our guard down," Morgan said.

The state data is shown below followed by a video player with the governor's entire Covid-19 briefing on Thursday.

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      1. You are such a closet fool. You eat everything the demoKKKrats feed you huh, comrade turner? Albuquerque, Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Charlotte etc. etc. etc. What an idiot you are.

        1. There are currently no riots occurring anywhere in the US. Do you have electricity in your Section 8 housing? If so turn on your radio or television and watch the news.

          1. It’s Alberto aka markturner who lives in section 8 housing. Just look out your basement window moron. You are a riot when you try to impersonate a white trailer park trash guy.

    1. She has managed the health crisis well. NM is NOT in the red zone. TX, AZ, and FL are in the red zone. It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with following the science and competence.

    1. President Trump has nothing to do with your worthless and miserable delusional life Alberto. You screwed that up on your own. Even useless Obama couldn’t help you. LOSER! LMAO.

    1. Probably fake news since it is New Mexico. Since you live in a section 8 welfare apartment in El Paso bars and churches are relatively safe in El Paso moron. Checkout the El Paso County COVID19 clusters report. Too dumb to read? LMAO.

  1. She has managed the health crisis well. NM is NOT in the red zone. TX, AZ, and FL are in the red zone. It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with following the science and competence.

    1. In a state of only 2 million people and a bunch of coyotes. What’s to manage? You are an idiot. Yeah the science of wearing masks and social distancing not working. LMAO.

  2. Foe doesn’t want to go along with the Program. No wonder Covid19 won’t go away. He is just another Ken throwing a Tantrum. Masks don’t work, distancing doesn’t work, my prostate doesn’t work. I don’t think anything works for you at this stage in you life. You know what else doesn’t work?—yep, you guessed it; your imbecile de Facto president.

  3. Grisham is not Moses who can get rid of a plague just like that, dude. She can dictate health precautions because people are too damn stubborn to follow directions on their own. One of the few Governors not afraid of Daddy Trump who doesn’t give a shit about no stinkin’ Covid19. The Denier in Chief is too busy worrying about his chances at another term, than about the safety of the American people. Worst mistake the American people ever made was electing this Clown!

  4. Religion, like Politics, is just another weapon used to gain the upper hand on others who don’t think the same way you so. Both Politics and Religion are more dangerous than any modern weapon known to Man. Religous Dogma is the worst cause of conflict anywhere in the World, including the US. Evangelists, Taliban, Daesh, all Religious extremism in different forms but with the same purpose of oppression.

    1. I’m sorry you are filled with so much hate. I’m not trying to gain the upper hand on anyone. I just want to go to church on Sunday, sit in my pew and hear the word of God.

      1. No hate. But I do hate phone calls in the middle of the night, hate weak coffee, hate food without any flavor. But I don’t hate people. Only their irresponsible behavior.

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  5. how can churches, that are only allowed 25% capacity, fuel the “surge”? Wuhan is gonna keep this up till after the election. I’d like to see the point tracking data that corroborates these “studies”. I don’t know where she’s taveling in NM but ALL of cruces is wearing a mask

    1. No one is showing you shit. First of all you are a Covid19 Denier who no matter what they showed you, you would still deny it. Second of all I highly doubt it that if “they showed you” you were able to make sense of all the Statistics. So, no, just put on a mask on your face and keep your distance. Chances are that if you don’t you’ll be crying later that yes, this virus is the real deal.

      1. just like she wasn’t gonna show the studies that allegedly showed where it was spreading and now she releases an entire power point on it? Just write your opinion and move on, even if you’re wrong a majority of the time

        1. Showed what to who, you? Are you a government auditor, or some other state official looking for relevant information? If you are not,then mind your own business and let the officials do their work. If you are a concerned citizen all you can do is put on a mask and go about your own business. Let the professionals do their work and just worry about your self.

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