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N.M. COVID-19 cases now at 26,842; Eddy County records no new cases for first time since June 19

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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 81 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

22 new cases in Bernalillo County
9 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Colfax County
5 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Lea County
15 new cases in Luna County
1 new case in Otero County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
11 new cases in Santa Fe County
11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

The Department of Health on Monday reported no additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 823.

One case previously reported as a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility has since been determined to be a case in Otero County and has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 26,842 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 6,077
Catron County: 11
Chaves County: 956
Cibola County: 403
Colfax County: 24
Curry County: 724
De Baca County: 2
Doña Ana County: 3,031
Eddy County: 625
Grant County: 99
Guadalupe County: 32
Harding County: 2
Hidalgo County: 98
Lea County: 1,264
Lincoln County: 177
Los Alamos County: 29
Luna County: 372
McKinley County: 4,266
Mora County: 7
Otero County: 240
Quay County: 69
Rio Arriba County: 374
Roosevelt County: 230
Sandoval County: 1,292
San Juan County: 3,233
San Miguel County: 91
Santa Fe County: 909
Sierra County: 39
Socorro County: 78
Taos County: 124
Torrance County: 64
Union County: 31
Valencia County: 532

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: 163
• 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: 31
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 15
• 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 60 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 14,470 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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