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Update:As of 4:00 PM today, April 21st, 2020, according to the NM DOH website, the total number ofpositive cases in New Mexico is 2,072.As of 4:00 PM today, April 21st, 2020 Taos County has no new confirmed cases. To date, TaosCounty has had 16 positive cases.NM DOH has reported that 529 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 have now fully recovered.As of today, the New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed 65 COVID-19 related deathswithin New Mexico. The most recent cases are: A female in her 80s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and hadunderlying medical conditions. A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and hadunderlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the La Vida Llena facilityin Albuquerque. A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medicalconditions and was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque. A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and hadunderlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Central DesertBehavioral Health facility in Albuquerque. A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and was aresident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque. A second male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying healthconditions and was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque. A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and hadunderlying health conditions.NM Department of Health is reporting that there are 119 individuals hospitalized in NewMexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico.Please Stay at Home:Taos County is asking that people continue to follow the stay at home order.We understand the difficulties that our community is facing right now. With the pandemic thathas taken over so much of our lives we are asking that people continue to follow the directiongiven to us by our State and Federal leaders.The ongoing effort to slow the spread of the virus is having an effect but it will take continuedefforts to protect our friends and loved ones. The following are ways to help slow the spread: Stay at home. Only leave for essential reasons, such as getting groceries or prescriptionmedications If you must leave your home, maintain 6 feet between you and other individuals If you are in an enclosed area where social distancing is hard, wear a cloth face covering Avoid groups of 5 for more people Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soapWhat if I Feel Sick?If you feel like you have the symptoms of the Coronavirus please call the state CoronavirusHotline at 1-855-600-3453. They will ask you questions and will give guidance on what step youshould 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 breathSymptoms may also, but not necessarily, include: Runny nose Sore throat Headache General feeling of being unwellFor the most recent updates from the DOH please visithttps://cv.nmhealth.org/newsroom/How to Help Protect Yourself and Others:The NM Department of Health along with the CDC and Office of the President arerecommending 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 (singyour ABC’s to help with the timing) If washing your hands is not an option use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%alcohol Stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing IF YOU FEEL SICK, STAY HOME If a family member is sick, try and isolate them from the rest of the family as best aspossible Utilize social distancing to limit your exposure; maintain a 6-foot distance between youand 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 NMCoronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 to speak with a healthcare professional aboutwhat you need to do next. This is a very busy hotline so be patient and follow theirguidance.For non-emergency or non-healthcare related questions please contact the Department ofHealth at 1-833-551-0518Contact: James Hampton, PIOOffice: (575) 737-6457