Testing and COVID-19 in indigenous communities
The spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico continues, but even as the rate of cases increases, the continuing and “aggressive” use of testing to identify more individuals with the virus has made New Mexico a leader among the states. As the news outlet Talking Points Memo reports, this strategy, which was a statewide coordinated effort between officials, departments, and both public and private labs, will help make the “surge” in cases smaller and less overwhelming when it comes.
Despite these positive steps, the coronavirus continues to have a disproportionate impact on New Mexico’s indigenous populations, which are seeing a higher percentage of positive cases and deaths due to the virus. Management measures on Navajo lands and pueblos include increasing the supply of medical equipment, enacting strictly enforced curfews, and closing access through vulnerable tribal communities.
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