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Positive COVID cases in New Mexico public schools

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Six new positive cases, five staff, one student

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced six new positive cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours ending at 4 pm Sept. 24. Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts. The following new cases were reported:

• Two staff members at two public schools in Eddy County were infected. They were last on campus Sept. 14 and 18.

• One case at a public school in Chaves County that is in the remote learning mode. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 18.

• One case at a public school in Doña Ana County in the remote learning mode. The staff member involved was last on district property Sept. 17.

• One case at a public school in Lincoln County is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 18.

• One case at a public school in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 18.

In all cases, staff members and parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Affected classrooms and facilities will be cleaned and disinfected.

The PED has collected this data since Aug. 17; since then, the cumulative total number of cases in school populations is 147.