Local health officials speak on COVID-19 efforts

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Experts from the University of New Mexico Health, Presbyterian, and Lovelace Health System talked Monday about COVID-19 hospitalization rates and upcoming holiday recommendations.

Dr. Vesta Sandoval, Chief Medical Officer from Lovelace, talked about how hospitals in the state are working closely with each other. She also reminded New Mexicans that the holidays are going to look different this year. Sandoval said people need to stay connected during the holidays but via Zoom and not gather in large groups. She says this will help protect others from getting the coronavirus.

Dr. Jason Mitchell, Presbyterian Chief Medical Officer, also reminded New Mexicans to keep social distancing and wearing masks to help limit the spread of coronavirus in the state. Dr. David Pitcher, UNM Health System Executive Physician, also talked about how people need to do simple things to keep everyone safe. “We are in the middle of a relatively significant surge of patients,” said Dr. Pticher. “Now more than ever we need to double down on simple measures to help make a difference.”

UNM Health System Executive Physician Dr. David Pitcher, Presbyterian Chief Medical Officer Dr. and Jason Mitchell also answered questions about the latest coronavirus evidence.


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