New Mexico has eight new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total as of today to 43.

According to a new release, per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
  • A female in Bernalillo County in her teens
  • Two males in Bernalillo County in their 40s
  • A male in Doña Ana County in his 20s
  • A male in McKinley County in his 30s
  • A female in Sandoval County in her teens
  • A male in Sandoval County in his 80s
  • A female in Taos County in her 70s

 

The bulk of the state’s cases remains in Bernalillo. The breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • Bernalillo County: 23
  • Doña Ana County: 1
  • McKinley County: 1
  • Sandoval County: 6
  • San Miguel County: 1
  • Santa Fe County: 7
  • Socorro County: 2
  • Taos County: 2

 

The state asks that New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately: 1-855-600-3453.

In other COVID-19 related news today, the state also extended the deadline for paying state income and payroll taxes. New Mexicans now have until July 15 to file and pay any taxes they owe.

The state also extended 2019 corporate income taxes to July 15, as well as the deadlines for employers to remit withholding taxes for March through June, which are now all due on July 25.

“We understand that this unprecedented public health emergency is placing enormous financial strain on many residents and businesses. These tax extensions will allow individuals and businesses in New Mexico to keep more money in their pockets for the next three months and to better weather this storm,” Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke said in a statement.
While penalties will not be assessed for either individual or corporate tax payers, under state law, interest will accrue. A news release stated the governor supported waiving or refunding any interest owed by taxpayers who take advantage of the extensions.
Taxation and Revenue also is assigning extra staff to help process tax returns refund payments to people who have already filed.
Also today, the state’s Medicaid Director Nicole Comeaux wrote a letter to the state’s managed care organizations, requiring them to reimburse doctors, behavioral health providers and other health care professionals for telephone and video patient visits during the COVID-19 crisis. These groups cover the 680,000 New Mexicans who are in the state’s Medicaid program, according to a news release. The letter also requires the managed care organizations to waive prior authorizations for patients to obtain COVID-19 testing and services; and to expand nurse advice lines to 24/7 service for the duration of this emergency. You can read the rest of the requirements here.