Increasing concerns over a rising number of novel coronavirus cases across the state have prompted Taos to ask visitors to stay at home for the time being.
For decades, visitors have flocked to Taos to enjoy the views and lifestyle of the town, as well as the ski resorts and outdoor recreation in the area. But a recent post on Taos.org, a public/private partnership with the town that markets the area, is telling these visitors to forgo their vacation plans for the time being.
“We value our guests but ask that during this time of crisis, while the State of New Mexico is under a public health emergency, that potential visitors stay home to be safe and healthy,” the message on the website reads.
Taos County currently has had three cases of the COVID-19 illness and more individuals are being tested on a daily basis. Though a vast majority of the tests have been negative, officials in Taos are remaining vigilant and encouraging visitors to stay home.
The notice reminds visitors that most stores in Taos have closed due to a state order and only essential businesses and restaurant takeout service remain open.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham recently ordered all food establishments to move to take out or delivery only and mandated all hotels reduce to half capacity until April 10.
Any Taos County resident who has developed a fever above 100.4, cough, shortness of breath or even mild flu-like symptoms need to limit exposure to other people and self-isolate. Immediately contact your healthcare provider to discuss symptoms and any risk factors for COVID-19 or call 855-600-3453. for information on where to get tested. Any individual who has symptoms but does not have a healthcare provider should contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 855-600-3453.
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