SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 263 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
92 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
10 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
40 new cases in Doña Ana County
10 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
6 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
13 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
21 new cases in Sandoval County
4 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in San Miguel County
14 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
23 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County
The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Mar. 18 are:
87031 – 15
87121 – 15
87124 – 15
87105 – 12
87114 – 11
87120 – 10
87507 – 9
87108 – 8
87109 – 8
88021 – 8
The Department of Health on Thursday reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
• A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.
• A female in her 70s from Chaves County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A second female in her 70s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 3,877.
Daily case counts and test numbers are raw data based on information the state receives today – meaning data that has not yet been scrutinized to identify potential duplicates or late-arriving positives or negatives. By contrast, the Red Yellow Green county-level analysis provides a highly accurate picture for a two-week period of time.
Previously reported numbers included nine cases that have been identified as duplicates (seven in Bernalillo County, two in San Juan County); two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in Doña Ana County, one in Santa Fe County); and one in Santa Fe County that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 189,158 COVID-19 cases:
Bernalillo County: 53,855
Catron County: 82
Chaves County: 8,703
Cibola County: 2,804
Colfax County: 716
Curry County: 4,988
De Baca County: 133
Doña Ana County: 23,436
Eddy County: 6,601
Grant County: 1,583
Guadalupe County: 365
Harding County: 8
Hidalgo County: 350
Lea County: 8,130
Lincoln County: 1,576
Los Alamos County: 493
Luna County: 3,171
McKinley County: 12,099
Mora County: 168
Otero County: 3,525
Quay County: 425
Rio Arriba County: 3,448
Roosevelt County: 1,853
Sandoval County: 11,122
San Juan County: 13,624
San Miguel County: 1,299
Santa Fe County: 9,747
Sierra County: 707
Socorro County: 1,233
Taos County: 1,594
Torrance County: 664
Union County: 244
Valencia County: 6,315
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.
As of today, there are 138 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 169,889 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: Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad and Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad.
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).