New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham attributed the rise in Covid-19 cases to people in her state not wearing masks.
“I do think failure to adhere to the mandatory masks has lead to where we are,” she said during a news conference on Wednesday. “And I just think people have gotten very relaxed about and they should not be.”
She said face coverings continue to be mandatory in the state.
The numbers: At least 12,276 cases of coronavirus have been reported in New Mexico and at least 500 people have died from the virus, according to the state’s Department of Health.
New Mexico will not be entering phase two of its reopening in July due to the surge in cases, Lujan Grisham said.