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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,702 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

537 new cases in Bernalillo County
28 new cases in Chaves County
15 new cases in Cibola County
8 new cases in Colfax County
31 new cases in Curry County
2 new cases in De Baca County
140 new cases in Doña Ana County
38 new cases in Eddy County
28 new cases in Grant County
4 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
75 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
5 new cases in Los Alamos County
11 new cases in Luna County
94 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
31 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
75 new cases in Rio Arriba County
29 new cases in Roosevelt County
155 new cases in Sandoval County
90 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in San Miguel County
56 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Sierra County
9 new cases in Socorro County
13 new cases in Taos County
7 new cases in Torrance County
3 new cases in Union County
121 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
28 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County
21 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County
22 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County

The Department of Health on Thursday reported forty-eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

• A female in her 40s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Camino Healthcare facility in Albuquerque
• A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A second female in her 40s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Life Spire Assisted Living Albuquerque facility.
• A second female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society – Manzano del Sol Village in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A second male in his 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A second male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A third male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Advanced Health Care in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 40s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 70s from Chaves County. The individual was a resident of Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell.
• A female in her 70s from Doña Ana County. The individual was a resident of The Arbors of Del Rey in Las Cruces facility.
• A female in her 80s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces.
• A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County. The individual was a resident of the Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces.
• A male in his 40s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Eddy County. The individual was a resident of the White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs facility.
• A female in her 70s from Hidalgo County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 50s from Lea County. The individual was a resident of the White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs facility.
• A male in his 60s from Lea County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 50s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 70s from Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 80s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A second female in her 80s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 50s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and a resident of Aztec Healthcare in Aztec.
• A female in her 90s from San Miguel County.
• A female in her 70s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 50s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 90s from Santa Fe County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 70s from Sierra County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences.
• A female in her 70s from Sierra County. The individual was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences.
• A male in her 70s from Sierra County. The individual was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences.
• A male in his 80s from Sierra County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences.
• A male in his 90s from Sierra County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences.
• A male in his 80s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 80s from Taos County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 90s from Taos County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Taos Living Center.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 2,097.

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Dec. 17, are:

87121 – 77
87105 – 63
87031 – 58
87114 – 58
87124 – 57
88240 – 56
87002 – 43
87120 – 43
87144 – 36
87401 – 36

Previously reported numbers included nine cases that have been identified as duplicates (five in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Luna County, two in Otero County) four cases that were not lab confirmed (two in Bernalillo County, one in in Doña Ana County, one in San Juan County) and one case in Otero County that was identified as an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. One case previously reported in Cibola County has been determined to be among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 126,045 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 36,137
Catron County: 53
Chaves County: 6,047
Cibola County: 1,962
Colfax County: 430
Curry County: 3,711
De Baca County: 78
Doña Ana County: 15,826
Eddy County: 3,867
Grant County: 711
Guadalupe County: 228
Harding County: 7
Hidalgo County: 216
Lea County: 5,866
Lincoln County: 951
Los Alamos County: 224
Luna County: 2,194
McKinley County: 8,745
Mora County: 74
Otero County: 1,942
Quay County: 316
Rio Arriba County: 1,941
Roosevelt County: 1,301
Sandoval County: 7,091
San Juan County: 8,354
San Miguel County: 660
Santa Fe County: 6,612
Sierra County: 477
Socorro County: 821
Taos County: 1,032
Torrance County: 419
Union County: 178
Valencia County: 4,370

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

As of today, there are 852 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 50,784 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 the following long-term care facilities in Eddy County: Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Good Life Senior Living in Artesia, Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad, Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad and Landsun Unit of Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad.

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: 418
• Otero County Prison Facility: 430
• Otero County Processing Center: 194
• Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

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: 251
• Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 246
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 208
• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 155
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 96
• Otero County Prison Facility: 472
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 162
• Roswell Correctional Center: 225
• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 182
• Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 114
• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

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. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

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