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New Mexico to activate emergency center for virus outbreak

March 7, 2020 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is activating the state health department’s operations center in a move that officials say will help prepare for any emergency activities related to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Department of Health said Friday in a statement that the department’s Bureau of Health and Emergency Management will activate the center on Monday.

The state’s coronavirus website said results of all 48 tests conducted by the state health laboratory through Friday were negative.

Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said activation of the center is part of the agency’s steps “to assure New Mexico is ready for any emergency.”

The department said activation will help top state officials make informed decisions on the virus-related operations while ensuring that department personnel have what the agency called “the highest level of situational awareness and communication within the department.”