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N.M. COVID-19 cases now at 24,396; two new cases in Eddy County; 98 new cases, two deaths statewide

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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 98 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

17 new cases in Bernalillo County
8 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Curry County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
14 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Luna County
5 new cases in McKinley County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in San Miguel County
19 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Valencia County

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

• A male in his 30s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 745.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 24,396 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 5,601
Catron County: 5
Chaves County: 622
Cibola County: 392
Colfax County: 19
Curry County: 638
Doña Ana County: 2,716
Eddy County: 417
Grant County: 76
Guadalupe County: 33
Harding County: 2
Hidalgo County: 93
Lea County: 1,036
Lincoln County: 164
Los Alamos County: 24
Luna County: 269
McKinley County: 4,157
Mora County: 6
Otero County: 215
Quay County: 60
Rio Arriba County: 345
Roosevelt County: 191
Sandoval County: 1,194
San Juan County: 3,146
San Miguel County: 67
Santa Fe County: 777
Sierra County: 37
Socorro County: 76
Taos County: 115
Torrance County: 63
Union County: 31
Valencia County: 493

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: 324
• Otero County Prison Facility: 280
• Otero County Processing Center: 159
• Torrance County Detention Facility: 44

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: 26
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 4
• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
• Otero County Prison Facility: 472
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

As of today, there are 64 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 11,539 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: 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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