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Officials confirmed on the afternoon of Wed. 25, 2020 that two people in Rio Arriba County tested positive for Coronavirus.

The first COVID-19 related death in Rio Arriba County occurred Thursday (5/28) evening.

The person who died was a male in his 70s who had underlying conditions, according to the Department of Health website. He had been hospitalized.

As of Friday evening, 43 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the County.

3,372 were tested, representing roughly eight percent of the County.

21 people who tested positive are women, and 21 are men. The gender count on the Department of Health website did not match the total count.

Two are between the ages of 0 to 9, one between the ages of 10 to 19, five between the ages of 20 to 29, four between the ages of 30 to 39, eight between the ages of 40 to 49, three between the ages of 50 to 59, 12 between the ages of 60 to 69, six between the ages of 70 to 79 and one between the ages of 80 to 89.

The age count on the website also did not match the total count.

For the week of May 31 to June 6, people can get tested at the following locations, according to a schedule from Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services Director Lauren Reichelt.

At the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office at 2010 Industrial Park Road in Española, people can get tested from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday.

At La Clinica del Pueblo in Tierra Amarilla at 14 County Road 324, people can get tested from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

At El Centro in Truchas at 60 County Road 75, people can get tested from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

At Las Clinicas del Norte on State Road 571 in El Rito, people can get tested from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

At El Centro in Coyote at 3396 State Road 96, people can get tested from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday.

At El Centro in Española at 2010 Industrial Park Road, people can get tested from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday.

And at El Centro in Embudo at 2243 State Road 68, people can get tested from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

People who wish to be tested at these sites should call ahead for an appointment.

The schedule is subject to change, and updates can be found at cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html.

All workers in New Mexico, including all government employees, utility and construction workers, grocery and pharmacy employees, retail and wholesale, food service or other service workers, may be tested now.

Eligible for testing as well, according to the Department of Health website, are asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus; asymptomatic residents of nursing homes; asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, or detention centers; and symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.

County Health and Human Services Director Lauren Reichelt said May 26 that the County is working to set up contact tracing, which involves identifying people who have or may have come into contact with infected people and taking measures to ensure they are tested and quarantined. 

She said the County will become overwhelmed if over 150 people contract the virus, so it is crucial to maintain social distancing and mask-wearing practices.

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