For Immediate Release: March 30. 2020
Contact: Kyle Marksteiner
Positive COVID-19 Case Identified in Carlsbad
PUBLIC NOTICE: March 30 – The City of Carlsbad has been informed that a positive COVID-19 test has been confirmed in Carlsbad. According to the State of New Mexico, there are now four confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eddy County.
According to Carlsbad Medical Center, a positive test was identified on Saturday morning for a female patient who had presented to the ER earlier in the week. The patient was tested and released home to self-quarantine, due to her symptoms being reportedly mild. Carlsbad Medical Center reported that all procedures were followed to ensure that no employees or other patients were potentially exposed.
“As we have been stating continually, our first priority is the well being of this individual and the entire community,” Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said. “We are working closely with Carlsbad Medical Center and the State and will assist however we can.”
Mayor Janway noted that the City is sharing information with the public that it receives from the State and is striving to make sure that all information is accurate. The New Mexico Department of Health conducts its own “contact tracing” to communicate with those who the patient came in contact with to conduct further evaluations.
Mayor Janway stressed that first responders and members of the medical community have been preparing for such a situation for many months. Staying at home if possible and reducing contact is still the best way to reduce the spread of the virus. No changes to City Services, such as water or utilities, are being made. Critical services such as grocery stores and doctor’s offices will also remain open.
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).