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New Mexico General Hospital Beds Down To 60; Plus Other Takeaways From The Governor's COVID Update

Nov 19, 2020

3,675 COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday in New Mexico, a new daily record.  Of those, 502 were recorded in Doña Ana County.

New Mexico Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase addressed the growing strain being placed on the state’s healthcare system during the governor’s most recent COVID-19 press conference. 

“We typically have about 2,500 general hospital beds. In New Mexico we are down to 60, in the 2- 3% range,” Scrase said. “This is a situation we are in with a lot of communities with no available beds.”

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke about how the state is working to meet both health and economic needs, highlighting a special legislative session next week that will work to provide pandemic related economic recovery.

She also called on New Mexicans to take the current shelter in place order seriously.

“We all have to do more to limit the spread because it creates this kind of emergency situation statewide in every system we have and are responsible for,” Grisham said.