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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 167 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

67 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Curry County
24 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
22 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
11 new cases in Luna County
2 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
12 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
1 new case in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Monday, Mar. 22 are:

87121 – 15
88240 – 15
88030 – 11
87112 – 9
87114 – 6
87120 – 6
87144 – 6
88063 – 6
87124 – 5
87401 – 5

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

• A male in his 50s from Lea County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 20s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 3,892.

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 four cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County,two in Rio Arriba County, one in San Juan County) and one case in Grant County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 189,893 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 54,118
Catron County: 83
Chaves County: 8,707
Cibola County: 2,806
Colfax County: 718
Curry County: 5,010
De Baca County: 133
Doña Ana County: 23,557
Eddy County: 6,619
Grant County: 1,590
Guadalupe County: 366
Harding County: 9
Hidalgo County: 351
Lea County: 8,172
Lincoln County: 1,577
Los Alamos County: 494
Luna County: 3,194
McKinley County: 12,110
Mora County: 168
Otero County: 3,562
Quay County: 425
Rio Arriba County: 3,445
Roosevelt County: 1,858
Sandoval County: 11,194
San Juan County: 13,646
San Miguel County: 1,311
Santa Fe County: 9,782
Sierra County: 710
Socorro County: 1,233
Taos County: 1,599
Torrance County: 671
Union County: 244
Valencia County: 6,332

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

As of today, there are 115 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 172,520 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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