COVID-19 testing sites are dispersed throughout the state. Map from the New Mexico Department of Health online testing location directory. While New Mexico has remained ahead of the curve nationally when it comes to numbers of people per capita tested for COVID-19 per day, it’s still only managed to test 12,527 since early March. That could change soon, according to state officials who say daily testing will double by next week, and keep growing.
New Mexico’s state laboratory and the private Tricore References Laboratory are adding machines that will boost testing from the current 1,300 people per day, said David Morgan, communications director for the New Mexico Department of Health, with an expectation of 4,650 tests per day by April 20.
Here’s how the numbers will increase over three weeks, according to Morgan:
April 6: Increase to 2,625 tests per day, with 1,800 by TriCore and 825 by the state lab.April 13: Increase to 3,225 per day, with 2,400 by TriCore and 825 by the state lab. April 20: Increase to 4,650 per day, with 2,400 by TriCore and 2,250 by the state lab.