SANTA FE – New Mexico officials have announced that COVID-19 testing is now available for all workers in the state.
The New Mexico Department of Health said Monday testing would be open to government employees, utility and construction workers, grocery and pharmacy employees, and anyone in food service or other service industries.
Officials also say testing would be available for any worker seeking a test, symptomatic or not.
New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel says the state has expanded “open drive-up testing” sites.
Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque opened Tuesday for testing.
Testing for the novel coronavirus in New Mexico has increased from limited testing in early March to around 20,000 a week. State officials want to test 7,500 people a day eventually.
New Mexico has more than 5,000 COVID-19 cases, with 207 people hospitalized.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.