New Mexico shifts focus to elderly in preventing coronavirus

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say they are placing a new focus on safeguarding the state’s elderly population from potential transmission of the new coronavirus.

The state has no known infections since testing began this week for people with an elevated risk of infection because of travel and other factors.

The first 10 tests for the new coronavirus were negative.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has awarded an initial $500,000 to the state for enhancing testing and surveillance. 

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