New Mexico had 55 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including five in Taos County, according to the New Mexico Department of Health on Friday (March 27).
That brings the total number of people to eight in the county and 191 in the state who have tested positive with the COVID-19 illness caused by a novel coronavirus that has sickened tens of thousands and proven fatal for thousands across the United States and around the world. One person in New Mexico, an Eddy County man, has died of the illness.
The state health department is investigating the new cases including how the people may have contracted the virus. Health officials warned they have seen what is called "community spread" of the virus, meaning it is no longer traceable to simply people who contracted it while traveling abroad, where COVID-19 cases were first reported.
The virus has affected every age group in New Mexico so far, with confirmed cases even among teenagers and an infant.
No other information was immediately available regarding the age and gender of the five new positive cases in Taos County.
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