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More than 2,000 New Mexico businesses and public facilities have reported on-site COVID-19 cases to the state during the first three weeks of February, according to new data released by the environment department. That is down by almost half from the same period in January when 4,100 cases were reported.

Under public health orders in New Mexico, businesses with on-site positive tests must report those cases to the Environment Department which coordinates a review of the business’ worker safety and testing programs.

Businesses with 2 or more cases on site in a 14 day period are placed on the state’s watchlist.

Each week, NMED updates the public watchlist and list of on-site positive tests through a public dashboard, but businesses are not required to disclose to customers or visitors that they are on the list.

The presence of a positive case among an employee does not necessarily indicate that others face a higher risk of infection, but businesses with repeat cases or that fail to follow NMED guidelines for safety may be closed for up to 14 days.

Two businesses were ordered closed so far this month:

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MESILLA VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL3850 STERN DRIVELAS CRUCESDONA ANA2/4/20212/18/2021

Mesilla Valley Christian School in Las Cruces closed on February 4 and reopened February 18. The Home Depot in Farmington remains closed through Friday of this week.

See the full Watchlist on NMED’s website.

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