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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 281 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

120 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
3 new cases in Curry County
49 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
3 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
7 new cases in McKinley County
8 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
21 new cases in Sandoval County
22 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, Feb. 17 are:

87120 – 17
87114 – 15
87111 – 12
87112 – 10
87144 – 9
87110 – 8
88005 – 8
87109 – 7
87121 – 7
87124 – 7

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

• A male in his 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Tender Heart Assisted Living facility in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 60s from Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 30s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 40s from Valencia County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 50s from Lea County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 3,562.

Daily case counts and test numbers are raw data based on information the state receives today – meaning data that has not yet been scrutinized to identify potential duplicates or late-arriving positives or negatives. By contrast, the Red Yellow Green county-level analysis provides a highly accurate picture for a two-week period of time. Previously reported numbers included nine cases that have been identified as duplicates (four in Bernalillo County, one in Eddy County, one in Grant County, one in McKinley County, one in Rio Arriba County, and one in San Juan County)– these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 181,332 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 51,431
Catron County: 82
Chaves County: 8,524
Cibola County: 2,696
Colfax County: 690
Curry County: 4,853
De Baca County: 131
Doña Ana County: 22,134
Eddy County: 6,243
Grant County: 1,438
Guadalupe County: 341
Harding County: 8
Hidalgo County: 340
Lea County: 7,967
Lincoln County: 1,497
Los Alamos County: 468
Luna County: 3,046
McKinley County: 11,893
Mora County: 151
Otero County: 3,119
Quay County: 414
Rio Arriba County: 3,361
Roosevelt County: 1,822
Sandoval County: 10,667
San Juan County: 13,378
San Miguel County: 1,197
Santa Fe County: 9,456
Sierra County: 679
Socorro County: 1,199
Taos County: 1,490
Torrance County: 626
Union County: 213
Valencia County: 6,036

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

As of today, there are 280 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 125,064 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 & Rehabilitation Center 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).