SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico officials held a news conference at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 about the state’s surging COVID-19 infection rate from the governor’s mansion where she’s in self-isolation after possible exposure to an infected custodian.

During a news conference on Oct. 1, the governor reported New Mexico was moving in the wrong direction in its fight against the virus. Governor Lujan Grisham stated at that time, within the past week there was a 30% increase in hospitalizations, and 99 businesses needed rapid responses.

The state’s seven-day average of daily cases was 171 while the goal is 168. At the last news conference it was reported that all regions of the state were showing an increase in cases. Average daily infections have doubled over the past two weeks, though the pace of deaths has declined.

On Wednesday, October 7, New Mexico reported its second-highest single day for new COVID-19 cases with a total of 426. The record is 470 single day cases which was reported in late July.

As of Wednesday, New Mexico has a total of 31, 372 COVID-19 cases and 896 total deaths related to the virus.