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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 202 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

37 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
22 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
14 new cases in Curry County
29 new cases in Doña Ana County
32 new cases in Eddy County
19 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
5 new cases in Luna County
6 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
3 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
12 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Thursday reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
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• A female in her 70s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Las Cruces.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 791.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Doña Ana County that has been identified as a duplicate and one case in San Juan 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 25,812 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 5,898
Catron County: 9
Chaves County: 776
Cibola County: 399
Colfax County: 22
Curry County: 694
Doña Ana County: 2,920
Eddy County: 545
Grant County: 84
Guadalupe County: 32
Harding County: 2
Hidalgo County: 98
Lea County: 1,170
Lincoln County: 173
Los Alamos County: 27
Luna County: 321
McKinley County: 4,229
Mora County: 6
Otero County: 227
Quay County: 63
Rio Arriba County: 361
Roosevelt County: 205
Sandoval County: 1,257
San Juan County: 3,201
San Miguel County: 85
Santa Fe County: 839
Sierra County: 38
Socorro County: 78
Taos County: 118
Torrance County: 63
Union County: 31
Valencia County: 520

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: 281
• 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: 29
• 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: 473
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

As of today, there are 75 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 13,283 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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