Published: 4:04 pm, Thu. Oct. 22nd, 2020
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 669 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
185 new cases in Bernalillo County
31 new cases in Chaves County
12 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
30 new cases in Curry County
97 new cases in Doña Ana County
46 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
36 new cases in Lea County
21 new cases in Lincoln County
24 new cases in Luna County
7 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
16 new cases in Roosevelt County
53 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
17 new cases in Santa Fe County
9 new cases in Sierra County
7 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
31 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County
The Department of Health on Thursday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
• A female in her 70s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 30s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 953.
Previously reported numbers included six cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, one in Quay County, one in Socorro County) and one case in Valencia County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. One case previously reported in Lea County has been determined to be among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility and has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 39,377 COVID-19 cases:
Bernalillo County: 9,685
Catron County: 9
Chaves County: 1,846
Cibola County: 532
Colfax County: 42
Curry County: 1,397
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 5,170
Eddy County: 1,302
Grant County: 172
Guadalupe County: 39
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 112
Lea County: 1,928
Lincoln County: 336
Los Alamos County: 40
Luna County: 685
McKinley County: 4,509
Mora County: 14
Otero County: 418
Quay County: 95
Rio Arriba County: 464
Roosevelt County: 418
Sandoval County: 1,825
San Juan County: 3,674
San Miguel County: 152
Santa Fe County: 1,491
Sierra County: 89
Socorro County: 197
Taos County: 182
Torrance County: 94
Union County: 39
Valencia County: 833
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.
As of today, there are 213 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, 85 percent of adult general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 70 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 20,562 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: 340
• Otero County Prison Facility: 342
• 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: 44
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 106
• 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: 46
• 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).