New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has tested positive for COVID-19, her office announced Monday, the third time she has fallen ill with the infectious disease going back to August 2022.
Maddy Hayden, a spokeswoman for the governor, said Lujan Grisham is “experiencing some minimal symptoms and will continue working virtually throughout this week.” Hayden said the governor is taking Paxlovid.
Lujan Grisham was slated to be the keynote speaker for commercial real estate group NAIOP New Mexico’s event at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown on Tuesday, where she was supposed to address local developers on her office’s economic development, workforce development, infrastructure, education and transportation initiatives.
NAIOP New Mexico has since filled the speaking spot with Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman.
The governor’s positive test comes about two weeks after she made a trip to Taiwan, where she traveled to meet with business and political officials. While there, the governor announced $3 million in state support for Hota Industrial Manufacturing, a Taiwanese automotive parts maker that plans to invest $99 million in a new factory in Santa Teresa.
The governor has previously tested positive for COVID after making out-of-state trips. In August 2022, she tested positive a day after returning from a trip to Colorado. And in November she tested positive following a trip to Egypt.
The positive test comes as COVID hospitalizations have increased in New Mexico in recent months. During a week in mid-September, there were 34 people with COVID admitted to hospitals throughout the state. That was up from 25 during a week in August and from three in a week in mid-July, according to Department of Health epidemiology reports.
During the COVID pandemic, Lujan Grisham received both praise and criticism for the tools she deployed to try to slow the spread of the virus. Critics have said such actions as closing restaurants and other businesses, and shuttering public schools for nearly a year, caused long-term damage to the state.
The state was also one of the last to have lifted a mask mandate for public settings, which was lifted in February 2022 when she dramatically took off her mask on the final day of the 30-day legislative session.