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New Mexico extends stay-at-home order as coronavirus surges

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is extending its stay-at-home health order with minor revisions through the end of August in response to a surge in coronavirus cases. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that more progress is needed before the state can reopen the economy further, and she urged residents to be cautious in avoiding possible exposure.  Confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico increased by 255 on Thursday to 20,388 since the outbreak of the pandemic, with three new deaths. New Mexico labor authorities are approving unemployment benefits automatically for people who don't return to work because of their advanced age or serious medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the coronavirus.