Published: 4:03 pm, Fri. Oct. 23rd, 2020
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 797 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
197 new cases in Bernalillo County
28 new cases in Chaves County
6 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
54 new cases in Curry County
130 new cases in Doña Ana County
37 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
40 new cases in Lea County
13 new cases in Lincoln County
32 new cases in Luna County
32 new cases in McKinley County
19 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Quay County
12 new cases in Rio Arriba County
15 new cases in Roosevelt County
37 new cases in Sandoval County
14 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in San Miguel County
56 new cases in Santa Fe County
6 new cases in Socorro County
10 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
26 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases 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
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
8 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County
The Department of Health on Friday reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
• A female in her 70s from Eddy County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Eddy County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Lincoln County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 960.
Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County) and two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in McKinley County, one in Taos County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 40,168 COVID-19 cases:
Bernalillo County: 9,880
Catron County: 9
Chaves County: 1,874
Cibola County: 538
Colfax County: 43
Curry County: 1,451
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 5,298
Eddy County: 1,339
Grant County: 178
Guadalupe County: 40
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 112
Lea County: 1,966
Lincoln County: 349
Los Alamos County: 41
Luna County: 719
McKinley County: 4,539
Mora County: 14
Otero County: 437
Quay County: 98
Rio Arriba County: 476
Roosevelt County: 432
Sandoval County: 1,862
San Juan County: 3,688
San Miguel County: 159
Santa Fe County: 1,546
Sierra County: 89
Socorro County: 203
Taos County: 191
Torrance County: 95
Union County: 39
Valencia County: 860
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.
As of today, there are 229 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, 77 percent of general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 76 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 20,655 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: 345
• 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: 45
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 109
• 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: 54
• 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).