Woman in 70s is second person in Taos County to test positive for coronavirus

Total positive cases in New Mexico now 36


A woman in her 70s is the second person in Taos County to test positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to Holy Cross Medical Center in a statement issued Thursday (March 19).

Her positive COVID-19 results brings the total to 36 in known cases in New Mexico. As of Thursday evening, the New Mexico Department of Health has not updated their count to reflect  the Taos County case.

The woman, who had recently traveled, had self-quarantined for five days before going to  the hospital's emergency room March 16 where she was tested. After she left the hospital she remained on self-quarantine pending results of the test from an Albuquerque lab, according to the Holy Cross statement. She received word Thursday that her test result was positive.  Her caregivers also were notified and the woman reported she was feeling better, according to the hospital. 

The first person to test positive in Taos County was a man in his 50s who had traveled from the east coast to Taos Ski Valley to stay at the Edelweiss Lodge beginning March 11 and began to feel ill March 14 after skiing. The man self-quarantined at the Lodge and was later tested at Holy Cross March 15, along with three companions. The man reported the positive results of the test to the lodge on Tuesday (March 17) and later left the Edelweiss to travel home, according to information posted by the lodge on its website.  The three companions reportedly tested negative.

A positive test result listed for a particular county indicates that a person was screened and had a sample taken there to send for testing, according to the state Department of Health. The person tested can be either a visitor who later leaves the county or a county resident. 

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. 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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