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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 280 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

99 new cases in Bernalillo County
8 new cases in Chaves County
11 new cases in Curry County
46 new cases in Doña Ana County
5 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
10 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
4 new cases in Luna County
19 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
10 new cases in Sandoval County
20 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
11 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
6 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals being held by federal agencies at Otero County Prison Facility
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
13 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County

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

• A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 70s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Las Cruces.
• A female in her 80s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 569.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Curry County that was not lab confirmed – this has now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been determined to be a New Mexico resident and has been added to San Juan County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 16,736 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 3,679
Catron County: 4
Chaves County: 197
Cibola County: 259
Colfax County: 11
Curry County: 301
Doña Ana County: 1,688
Eddy County: 173
Grant County: 47
Guadalupe County: 24
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 78
Lea County: 343
Lincoln County: 34
Los Alamos County: 14
Luna County: 144
McKinley County: 3,743
Mora County: 3
Otero County: 100
Quay County: 22
Rio Arriba County: 195
Roosevelt County: 86
Sandoval County: 905
San Juan County: 2,829
San Miguel County: 31
Santa Fe County: 407
Sierra County: 19
Socorro County: 64
Taos County: 69
Torrance County: 50
Union County: 14
Valencia County: 247

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: 276
• Otero County Processing Center: 149
• Torrance County Detention Facility: 43

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: 22
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
• Otero County Prison Facility: 461
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 160 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 6,736 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

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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