As of Wednesday evening, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rio Arriba County.
A woman in her 70s tested positive for the virus, as did a man in his 60s.
Nora Meyers-Sackett, press secretary for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, wrote in a Wednesday email that the woman contracted the virus through travel and that the man “has no known contact and is under investigation.”
One of the patients has been hospitalized at Española Hospital, Presbyterian Communications Manager Amanda Schoenberg wrote in a Wednesday text message. Schoenberg was not able to provide further details, however.
Sackett was not able to provide information about which patient was hospitalized or when the patients were tested for the virus.
New Mexico Department of Health Media Manager David Morgan was not immediately available to answer questions about the cases and the timeline between testing and hospitalization.
Rio Arriba County Manager Tomas Campos, County Commissioner Leo Jaramillo, County Sheriff James Lujan and County Fire Marshal Alfredo Montoya announced the two cases Wednesday through a YouTube Live and Facebook Live Broadcast.
On March 29, County officials will close the Española County administrative complex to the public, and on April 1st, they will close the Tierra Amarilla complex, Jaramillo said.
Staff will continue conducting County business by telephone and by email. Members of the public will be able to drop off documents and checks in drop boxes outside the office buildings. County officials ask that anyone who drops off a document or a payment follow up with a phone call.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.