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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,281 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

136 new cases in Bernalillo County
94 new cases in Chaves County
5 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
21 new cases in Curry County
85 new cases in Doña Ana County
81 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
3 new cases in Hidalgo County
612 new cases in Lea County
26 new cases in Lincoln County
5 new cases in Los Alamos County
2 new cases in Luna County
28 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Mora County
21 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Quay County
5 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
32 new cases in Sandoval County
24 new cases in San Juan County
14 new cases in San Miguel County
33 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
4 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Torrance County
22 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Federal Prison Facility

*Out of the 612 cases reported today in Lea County, 331 are considered historical (meaning more than 14 days have passed since the specimen was collected) and should not be considered as reflecting the current levels of community transmission. Those late-arriving cases are the result of one late-reporting facility and date back over the course of at least 6 months. Out of the 612 cases reported today, 281 are within 14 days of the date of specimen collection and are considered recent (acute) cases.

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Aug. 12 are:

88260 – 312
88240 – 211
88220 – 61
88203 – 49
88242 – 49
88201 – 29
88012 – 20
88101 – 19
87031 – 16
87121 – 16

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

Three recent deaths:

• A male in his 70s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 80s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

* One death >30 days:

• A male in his 70s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.

* COVID-related deaths are reported when a death certificate has been issued and some death certificates are delayed due to insufficient information.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 4,441.

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.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 217,773 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 62,485
Catron County: 109
Chaves County: 9,612
Cibola County: 2,970
Colfax County: 839
Curry County: 5,694
De Baca County: 199
Doña Ana County: 25,954
Eddy County: 7,977
Grant County: 1,828
Guadalupe County: 489
Harding County: 13
Hidalgo County: 477
Lea County: 9,713
Lincoln County: 1,998
Los Alamos County: 580
Luna County: 3,497
McKinley County: 12,775
Mora County: 186
Otero County: 4,392
Quay County: 623
Rio Arriba County: 3,986
Roosevelt County: 2,178
Sandoval County: 12,962
San Juan County: 16,323
San Miguel County: 1,550
Santa Fe County: 11,135
Sierra County: 810
Socorro County: 1,375
Taos County: 1,835
Torrance County: 940
Union County: 267
Valencia County: 7,330

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

As of today, there are 293 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 198,143 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 and Rehabilitation and Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Artesia.

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. Wear a mask when in public and around others. If you are sick, stay home as much as possible.

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).