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TUESDAY: N.M. COVID-19 cases at 111,202; 43 new cases, two deaths in Eddy County; 1,271 new cases, 33 deaths statewide

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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced the daily COVID-19 update that would have been publicly distributed on Tuesday, Dec. 8, but had been delayed by a network outage.

The outage has since been resolved. The disruption in the daily reporting did not affect the cumulative reporting of COVID-19 cases or the evaluation of the state’s epidemiological data.

State health officials plan to release a separate case report for Wednesday, Dec. 9, later this afternoon, as would be regularly scheduled.

Per the state Department of Health, Tuesday’s daily case update included 1,271 new cases from the following counties:

400 new cases in Bernalillo County
44 new cases in Chaves County
23 new cases in Cibola County
17 new cases in Colfax County
25 new cases in Curry County
106 new cases in Doña Ana County
43 new cases in Eddy County
11 new cases in Grant County
4 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Harding County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
55 new cases in Lea County
7 new cases in Lincoln County
4 new cases in Los Alamos County
8 new cases in Luna County
125 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Mora County
35 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
17 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Roosevelt County
93 new cases in Sandoval County
97 new cases in San Juan County
12 new cases in San Miguel County
73 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
4 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Torrance County
2 new cases in Union County
37 new cases in Valencia County
4 new cases among individual held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional 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 Lea County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County

The Department of Health on Tuesday would have reported thirty-three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

• A male in his 70s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 80s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 40s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A second male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A second male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Atria Vista del Rio facility in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Atria Vista del Rio facility in Albuquerque.
• A second male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A third male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 80s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Mission Arch Center facility in Roswell.
• A male in his 70s from Curry County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A second female in her 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A third female in her 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 50s from Lea County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Lea County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Landmark at Desert Gardens facility in Hobbs.
• A male in his 60s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 90s from Luna County. The individual was a resident of the Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming.
• A female in her 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.
• A male in his 80s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Aztec Healthcare facility in Aztec.
• A female in her 60s from Union County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Union County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 70s from Valencia County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 80s from Valencia County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

As of Tuesday, the number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 totaled 1,789.

Previously reported numbers included sixteen cases that have been identified as duplicates (six in Bernalillo County, four in Chaves County, four in Doña Ana County, two in Lea County) – these have now been corrected. Two cases previously reported in Cibola County have been determined to be among NMCD inmates, one at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County and one at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County, and are now reported as such. One case previously reported in Guadalupe County has been determined to be among NMCD inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility and is now reported as such. Two cases previously reported among NMCD inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility have been determined to be among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility and are now reported as such. Including the above cases, New Mexico had a total of 111,202 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday:

Bernalillo County: 31,362
Catron County: 50
Chaves County: 5,489
Cibola County: 1,821
Colfax County: 342
Curry County: 3,466
De Baca County: 68
Doña Ana County: 14,879
Eddy County: 3,358
Grant County: 580
Guadalupe County: 180
Harding County: 7
Hidalgo County: 198
Lea County: 4,977
Lincoln County: 888
Los Alamos County: 188
Luna County: 2,088
McKinley County: 7,876
Mora County: 55
Otero County: 1,713
Quay County: 285
Rio Arriba County: 1,561
Roosevelt County: 1,119
Sandoval County: 6,094
San Juan County: 7,003
San Miguel County: 524
Santa Fe County: 5,913
Sierra County: 426
Socorro County: 704
Taos County: 942
Torrance County: 388
Union County: 150
Valencia County: 3,652

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

As of Tuesday, December 8, there were 925 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 Tuesday, December 8, there were 39,725 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

As of Tuesday, December 8, the Department of Health had 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, Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad and Landsun Unit of Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad.

The Department of Health on Tuesday would have reported the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

• Cibola County Correctional Center: 417
• Otero County Prison Facility: 430
• Otero County Processing Center: 194
• Torrance County Detention Facility: 45

The Department of Health on Tuesday would have reported 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: 227
• Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 113
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 151
• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 120
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 95
• Otero County Prison Facility: 471
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 130
• Roswell Correctional Center: 224
• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 177
• Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 58
• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

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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