Published: 4:02 pm, Tue. Oct. 20th, 2020
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 599 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
154 new cases in Bernalillo County
26 new cases in Chaves County
9 new cases in Cibola County
45 new cases in Curry County
136 new cases in Doña Ana County
21 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
18 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
17 new cases in Luna County
16 new cases in McKinley County
29 new cases in Otero County
6 new cases in Quay County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
18 new cases in Sandoval County
30 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in San Miguel County
33 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
5 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Union County
15 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 Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Tuesday reported seven 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 second female in her 80s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Curry County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Roosevelt County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 40s from Santa Fe County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Kingston Residence in Santa Fe.
• A female in her 90s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Kingston Residence in Santa Fe.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 942.
Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates in Bernalillo County; three cases that were not lab confirmed (one in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, one in Santa Fe County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 37,896 COVID-19 cases:
Bernalillo County: 9,218
Catron County: 9
Chaves County: 1,791
Cibola County: 507
Colfax County: 41
Curry County: 1,338
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 4,902
Eddy County: 1,214
Grant County: 169
Guadalupe County: 37
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 112
Lea County: 1,855
Lincoln County: 309
Los Alamos County: 40
Luna County: 648
McKinley County: 4,492
Mora County: 14
Otero County: 395
Quay County: 93
Rio Arriba County: 457
Roosevelt County: 392
Sandoval County: 1,748
San Juan County: 3,629
San Miguel County: 150
Santa Fe County: 1,411
Sierra County: 76
Socorro County: 188
Taos County: 175
Torrance County: 93
Union County: 39
Valencia County: 787
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.
As of today, there are 205 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, 81 percent of adult general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 71 percent of adult ICU beds across New Mexico hospitals are occupied. This includes patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and other illnesses.
As of today, there are 20,165 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: 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 currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
• Cibola County Correctional Center: 331
• Otero County Prison Facility: 338
• Otero County Processing Center: 181
• 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: 41
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 102
• 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: 1
• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 45
• 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).