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N.M. COVID-19 cases now at 11,619; four new cases in Eddy County; 209 new cases, two deaths reported statewide

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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 209 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

37 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
24 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Hidalgo County
6 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Luna County
23 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
78 new cases in San Juan County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Saturday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

• A male in his 90s from Cibola County. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
• A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 491.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Bernalillo County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – this has now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include three cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents that have since been determined to be New Mexico residents and have been added to San Juan County. One case was previously incorrectly reported as an individual being held by federal agencies at the Luna County Detention Center and has been corrected and added to Luna County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 11,619 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,021
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 79
Cibola County: 207
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 136
Doña Ana County: 868
Eddy County: 66
Grant County: 18
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 46
Lea County: 100
Lincoln County: 11
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 67
McKinley County: 3,309
Otero County: 35
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 93
Roosevelt County: 55
Sandoval County: 713
San Juan County: 2,357
San Miguel County: 20
Santa Fe County: 218
Sierra County: 12
Socorro County: 59
Taos County: 39
Torrance County: 41
Union County: 7
Valencia County: 104

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

• Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
• Otero County Prison Facility: 275
• Otero County Processing Center: 146
• Torrance County Detention Facility: 32

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

• Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
• Otero County Prison Facility: 435
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 122 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 5,251 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Get tested. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.

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