Published: 3:45 pm, Fri. Feb. 26th, 2021
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 659 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
209 new cases in Bernalillo County
8 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
10 new cases in Colfax County
3 new cases in Curry County
58 new cases in Doña Ana County
25 new cases in Eddy County
8 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
13 new cases in Lea County
5 new cases in Lincoln County
3 new cases in Los Alamos County
5 new cases in Luna County
14 new cases in McKinley County
15 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
9 new cases in Rio Arriba County
26 new cases in Sandoval County
10 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
16 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
9 new cases in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
10 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
191 new cases 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 Friday, Feb. 26 are:
88240 – 69
87109 – 33
87121 – 30
87120 – 26
88244 – 24
87114 – 23
88220 – 20
87105 – 17
88081 – 13
87110 – 12
The Department of Health on Friday reported fourteen additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
• A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A second female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Life Spire Assisted Living North Albuquerque Acres facility in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Ravenna Assisted Living facility in Albuquerque.
• A second female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County.
• A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Otero County.
• A female in her 60s from San Juan County.
• A male in his 90s from Sierra County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Sierra Health Care Center in Truth or Consequences.
• A female in her 70s from Valencia County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 90s from Valencia County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 3,685.
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 three cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Colfax County and one in Sierra County)– these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 184,736 COVID-19 cases:
Bernalillo County: 52,421
Catron County: 83
Chaves County: 8,608
Cibola County: 2,731
Colfax County: 708
Curry County: 4,904
De Baca County: 132
Doña Ana County: 22,679
Eddy County: 6,441
Grant County: 1,482
Guadalupe County: 355
Harding County: 8
Hidalgo County: 347
Lea County: 8,030
Lincoln County: 1,536
Los Alamos County: 480
Luna County: 3,089
McKinley County: 12,013
Mora County: 161
Otero County: 3,284
Quay County: 419
Rio Arriba County: 3,400
Roosevelt County: 1,836
Sandoval County: 10,841
San Juan County: 13,510
San Miguel County: 1,225
Santa Fe County: 9,576
Sierra County: 697
Socorro County: 1,216
Taos County: 1,528
Torrance County: 635
Union County: 237
Valencia County: 6,134
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.
As of today, there are 226 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 141,833 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).