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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 1,214 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

276 new cases in Bernalillo County
88 new cases in Chaves County
14 new cases in Cibola County
7 new cases in Colfax County
88 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
146 new cases in Doña Ana County
79 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
68 new cases in Lea County
17 new cases in Lincoln County
4 new cases in Los Alamos County
14 new cases in Luna County
20 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
8 new cases in Otero County
5 new cases in Quay County
11 new cases in Rio Arriba County
22 new cases in Roosevelt County
36 new cases in Sandoval County
16 new cases in San Juan County
12 new cases in San Miguel County
128 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
12 new cases in Socorro County
8 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
38 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County
78 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Roswell Correctional Center

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

• A female in her 80s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 90s from Eddy County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad.
• A male in his 30s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.
• A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of The Adobe Assisted Living in Las Cruces.
• A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was a patient at The Suites at Rio Vista facility in Rio Rancho.
• A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Aztec Healthcare facility in Aztec.
• A female in her 80s from Santa Fe County.
• A female in her 60s from Valencia County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen.
• A male in his 80s from Valencia County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 1,118.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, and one reported among NMCD inmates at the Roswell Correctional Center) and have now been corrected. One case that was previously reported among NMCD inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility has been determined to be in Lea County and has been corrected. One case that was previously reported among NMCD inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County has been determined to be an out-of-state resident and has been corrected. One case that was previously reported in Cibola County has been determined to be among NMCD inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County and has been corrected. Eight cases that were previously reported in Santa Fe County have been determined to be among NMCD inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County and have been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 54,881 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 13,768
Catron County: 10
Chaves County: 2,558
Cibola County: 788
Colfax County: 63
Curry County: 1,974
De Baca County: 5
Doña Ana County: 8,234
Eddy County: 1,853
Grant County: 238
Guadalupe County: 54
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 131
Lea County: 2,563
Lincoln County: 444
Los Alamos County: 67
Luna County: 1,377
McKinley County: 5,008
Mora County: 18
Otero County: 701
Quay County: 129
Rio Arriba County: 641
Roosevelt County: 618
Sandoval County: 2,446
San Juan County: 4,112
San Miguel County: 238
Santa Fe County: 2,428
Sierra County: 160
Socorro County: 324
Taos County: 340
Torrance County: 134
Union County: 47
Valencia County: 1,312

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

As of today, there are 437 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, 79 percent of general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 74 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 23,205 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: 403
• Otero County Processing Center: 191
• 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: 160
• Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 3
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 112
• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 10
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 11
• Otero County Prison Facility: 472
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 69
• Roswell Correctional Center: 213
• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 56
• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 5

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 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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