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Sat Dec 12, 2020, 04:09 AM

New Mexico bans nonessential surgeries; governor cites strain on hospitals

A two-week economic shutdown helped drive down the number of new COVID-19 infections in New Mexico.

But the latest data shows the state is once again beginning to trend in the wrong direction and seeing an alarming level of hospitalizations, prompting Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to remind residents Thursday to remain vigilant of the virus and follow public health guidelines.

“The issue is the two weeks doesn’t really change the entire trajectory, so this is not an invitation for people to go out more,” said Lujan Grisham, who indicated during a virtual news conference Thursday she plans to seek reelection in 2022.

“It’s a recognition that those solid public health practices work, and if we keep them up, we can give our health care workers a rest, we can make sure that we don’t completely overwhelm our health care system,” she said, adding COVID-19 is already inundating the state’s hospital network.

Read more: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/coronavirus/new-mexico-bans-nonessential-surgeries-governor-cites-strain-on-hospitals/article_bc6023dc-3b1a-11eb-8a99-6b9437e6299a.html

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