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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 226 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

84 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
41 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
5 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Luna County
2 new cases in McKinley County
8 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
29 new cases in Sandoval County
8 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
17 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Friday, Mar. 19 are:

87121 – 17
87114 – 14
87124 – 14
87144 – 11
87507 – 9
87108 – 7
88005 – 7
87110 – 6
87111 – 6
87112 – 6

The Department of Health on Friday reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

• A male in his 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County.
• A male in his 90s from Chaves County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Otero County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 3,882.

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 ten cases that have been identified as duplicates (seven in Bernalillo County, three in Rio Arriba County) – these have now been corrected. Two cases previously reported in Valencia County have been determined to be among NMCD inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County and are now reported as such. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 189,374 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 53,932
Catron County: 82
Chaves County: 8,704
Cibola County: 2,805
Colfax County: 716
Curry County: 4,988
De Baca County: 133
Doña Ana County: 23,476
Eddy County: 6,605
Grant County: 1,588
Guadalupe County: 365
Harding County: 8
Hidalgo County: 351
Lea County: 8,135
Lincoln County: 1,575
Los Alamos County: 493
Luna County: 3,177
McKinley County: 12,101
Mora County: 168
Otero County: 3,536
Quay County: 425
Rio Arriba County: 3,447
Roosevelt County: 1,853
Sandoval County: 11,151
San Juan County: 13,632
San Miguel County: 1,303
Santa Fe County: 9,762
Sierra County: 707
Socorro County: 1,233
Taos County: 1,594
Torrance County: 669
Union County: 244
Valencia County: 6,317

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

As of today, there are 130 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 170,799 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).

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