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N.M. COVID-19 cases now at 44,904; 24 new cases in Eddy County; 1,082 new cases, three deaths statewide

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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,082 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

260 new cases in Bernalillo County
32 new cases in Chaves County
36 new cases in Cibola County
28 new cases in Curry County
248 new cases in Doña Ana County
24 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
5 new cases in Hidalgo County
67 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
106 new cases in Luna County
25 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
14 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
12 new cases in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Roosevelt County
41 new cases in Sandoval County
17 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in San Miguel County
51 new cases in Santa Fe County
6 new cases in Sierra County
11 new cases in Socorro County
17 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
49 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County

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

• A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 90s from Grant County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 20s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 994.

Previously reported numbers included three cases (one in Chaves County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Sandoval County) that have been identified as duplicates and one case in Bernalillo 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 44,904 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 11,116
Catron County: 10
Chaves County: 2,066
Cibola County: 607
Colfax County: 45
Curry County: 1,596
De Baca County: 2
Doña Ana County: 6,325
Eddy County: 1,505
Grant County: 191
Guadalupe County: 43
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 122
Lea County: 2,177
Lincoln County: 384
Los Alamos County: 48
Luna County: 1,082
McKinley County: 4,674
Mora County: 15
Otero County: 527
Quay County: 104
Rio Arriba County: 513
Roosevelt County: 469
Sandoval County: 2,040
San Juan County: 3,805
San Miguel County: 182
Santa Fe County: 1,791
Sierra County: 116
Socorro County: 248
Taos County: 245
Torrance County: 100
Union County: 41
Valencia County: 1,002

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

As of today, there are 323 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.

OVERALL STATE HOSPITAL CAPACITY: As of today, 80 percent of general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 75 percent of ICU beds across New Mexico hospitals are occupied. This includes patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and other illnesses.

As of today, there are 21,389 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

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: 348
• Otero County Prison Facility: 390
• Otero County Processing Center: 189
• 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: 92
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 110
• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 5
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
• Otero County Prison Facility: 472
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 2
• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 55
• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

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: Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Good Life Senior Living in Artesia, 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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