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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 132 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

13 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
3 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
17 new cases in Hidalgo County
2 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Luna County
25 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
29 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Monday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

• A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
• A female in her 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
• A female in her 60s from Roosevelt County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 440.

Previously reported numbers included five cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County, three in Sandoval County); four cases that were not lab confirmed (two in Bernalillo County, one in Curry County, one in San Juan County); and one case in Sandoval County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,845 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,705
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 59
Cibola County: 185
Colfax County: 8
Curry County: 83
Doña Ana County: 657
Eddy County: 47
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 20
Lea County: 44
Lincoln County: 6
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 29
McKinley County: 2,936
Otero County: 30
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 59
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 634
San Juan County: 2,123
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 173
Sierra County: 4
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 89

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: 2
• Luna County Detention Center: 1
• Otero County Prison Facility: 275
• Otero County Processing Center: 108
• Torrance County Detention Facility: 24

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: 1
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
• Otero County Prison Facility: 295
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 161 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 4,160 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 Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia.

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. Get tested. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.

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