New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her administration will livestream an update on her Facebook page, as well as the Taos News homepage. on the coronavirus pandemic and public health orders at 1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 13).
Lujan Grisham warned a week ago that she might reinstate harsher restrictions on businesses and the public as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state steadily increased. The state on Thursday (Nov. 12) reported 18 more deaths related to the disease and 1,753 new cases for a total of 60,776 cases statewide.
"New Mexico has never been in a bigger crisis," Lujan Grisham posted on her official Facebook page.
Taos County has seen its highest number of cases in the last seven days since the pandemic began in March. Holy Cross Medical Center reported 127 people who came to the hospital for testing since Nov. 1 were positive and 22 of them were hospitalized. In October, another 127 people who came to the hospital for testing were positive and 17 had to be admitted for treatment.
New cases include an outbreak at the Taos Living Center, where 21 residents and 22 staff tested positive between Nov. 3 and Nov. 12, according to the long-term care facility director Dave Armijo. The facility is among two dozen nursing home and long term care facilities around the state that have reported cases in the last 28 days.
An outbreak also was reported in mid-October at the Calvary Taos church, where the pastor and his wife along with several parishioners tested positive. The church suspended in-person temporarily and intended to resume services Nov. 15. But according to the church's website, in-person services will now resume Dec. 6. "We will provide online services until then," according to the website, noting masks and social distancing will be required for parishioners.