Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

From the Las Vegas Optic

More than 14,000 New Mexicans have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, but the number of people tested in San Miguel or Mora counties is difficult to determine.

Data provided by the New Mexico Department of Health does not detail the number of tests given in particular counties, and according to Nora Meyers Sackett, a spokeswoman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor’s office only tracks the positive cases detected in each county, not the total number of tests performed.

San Miguel County Emergency Manager Leo Maestas said about 33 people were tested at the March 20 drive-through testing site in Las Vegas. Beyond that, he doesn’t know how many other tests have been given in the county, and he has also had trouble getting exact numbers from state officials. Maestas said officials have cited HIPAA, a federal privacy law, when denying his requests for specific data.