New Mexico health official mark two years of pandemic | Health & Fitness

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — New Mexico’s top health official observed a moment of silence Friday in memory of the 7,050 people who have died in the state since the pandemic began.

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase marked the two-year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 infections in New Mexico during a virtual briefing with reporters, noting that new infections and hospitalizations have dropped dramatically in the last weeks.

Still, he said COVID-19 is a serious illness and the state is making plans to make sure it’s prepared in case of another surge caused by a new variant. He described it as a “constant state of readiness.”

“We don’t know what will happen next. We don’t know what to expect for sure, but we’re getting ready,” Scrase said, pointing to the world’s experience of pandemic influenza more than a century ago. “You don’t know it’s over until it’s really over.”

It was on March 11, 2020, that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a public health emergency and ordered most state employees to start working from home. She also urged people to avoid traveling or gathering to slow the spread of the virus.

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His statement followed the confirmation of the first COVID-19 infections in the state. State health laboratory officials worked through the night to make the determination.

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