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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 2,897 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

993 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Catron County
191 new cases in Chaves County
45 new cases in Cibola County
10 new cases in Colfax County
89 new cases in Curry County
2 new cases in De Baca County
438 new cases in Doña Ana County
46 new cases in Eddy County
19 new cases in Grant County
16 new cases in Guadalupe County
123 new cases in Lea County
15 new cases in Lincoln County
5 new cases in Los Alamos County
34 new cases in Luna County
74 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Mora County
50 new cases in Otero County
5 new cases in Quay County
50 new cases in Rio Arriba County
16 new cases in Roosevelt County
179 new cases in Sandoval County
45 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in San Miguel County
197 new cases in Santa Fe County
9 new cases in Sierra County
11 new cases in Socorro County
36 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
138 new cases in Valencia County
36 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility
4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, Nov. 18, are:

• 87121 (Albuquerque): 241
• 87105 (Albuquerque): 109
• 87507 (Santa Fe): 107
• 87031 (Los Lunas): 90
• 88240 (Hobbs): 89
• 88203 (Roswell): 87
• 87108 (Albuquerque): 84
• 88101 (Clovis): 82
• 88001 (Las Cruces): 77
• 88201 (Roswell): 74

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported 26 additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

• A female in her 40s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 50s from Chaves 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 female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A second male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Colfax County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 50s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A second female in her 50s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 50s from Doña Ana 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 male in his 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces.
• A male in his 90s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 80s from Guadalupe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 80s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 60s from Quay County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 70s from Roosevelt County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from Taos County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 70s from Taos County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a patient at the Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque.
• A male New Mexico Corrections Department inmate in his 80s at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male New Mexico Corrections Department inmate in his 40s at the Roswell Correctional Center. The individual was hospitalized.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 1,290.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Curry County, one in Santa Fe County) and two cases in Rio Arriba County that have been identified as out-of-state residents – these have now been corrected. One case previously reported among NMCD inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center has been determined to be in Cibola County and has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 70,451 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 18,425
Catron County: 22
Chaves County: 3,452
Cibola County: 1,106
Colfax County: 110
Curry County: 2,516
De Baca County: 27
Doña Ana County: 10,789
Eddy County: 2,297
Grant County: 348
Guadalupe County: 87
Harding County: 4
Hidalgo County: 148
Lea County: 3,222
Lincoln County: 557
Los Alamos County: 98
Luna County: 1,613
McKinley County: 5,438
Mora County: 25
Otero County: 972
Quay County: 161
Rio Arriba County: 885
Roosevelt County: 768
Sandoval County: 3,338
San Juan County: 4,561
San Miguel County: 304
Santa Fe County: 3,542
Sierra County: 211
Socorro County: 446
Taos County: 537
Torrance County: 191
Union County: 58
Valencia County: 1,855

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

Effective Monday, Nov. 16, the New Mexico Department of Health has updated its methodology for reporting COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the state to ensure the most accurate information is conveyed to the public. Previously, COVID-19 related hospitalizations were reported to NMDOH through case investigation and contact tracing. However, the ongoing surge in cases has made timely individual contact more difficult and less reliable; and, as a result, hospitalization data may be incomplete. NMDOH is now reporting the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations using data that it receives directly from hospitals throughout the state each day. This near real-time data will help close the gap and comes directly from local communities. As of today, there are 776 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 26,835 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: 351
• Otero County Prison Facility: 420
• Otero County Processing Center: 191
• 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: 194
• Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 46
• Lea County Correctional Facility: 121
• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 13
• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 42
• Otero County Prison Facility: 473
• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 77
• Roswell Correctional Center: 219
• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 141
• Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 1
• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 5

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 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).