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Lea jumps by 19 for positive COVID-19 test results

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Lea County cumulative total added 19 positive tests for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the county’s single biggest day jump in positive cases since the state began tracking test results.

The county now has a cumulative total of 132 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of those 132 cases, the state says 28 have been designated as totally recovered.

In Lea County as of Tuesday, there has been tests 5,234 tests administered.

Of those positive tests, 87 were for the 88240 or Hobbs zip code, 24 were for the 88260 or Lovington zip code, 15 cases were for the 88242 or north Hobbs zip code, one case for 88231 or the Eunice zip code, one case for the 88267 or Tatum zip code and one case for the 88252 or Jal zip code. Three cases have not been assigned a location in Lea County, as of this posting.

No correctional facility or long-term care facility in Lea County has had any positive tests for COVID-19, per the state health department and there have been no deaths due to COVID-19 in Lea County.

In nearby Eddy County now has 80 cases. To the north of Lea County, Roosevelt County has 59 cases and Curry has 163. Northwest of Lea County, Chaves County now has 94 cases.

As of Tuesday, there are 5,393 COVID-19 cases statewide designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health. There have been 344,181 tests and 12,147 of those were positive for COVID-19.

New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 168 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 36 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 19 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 28 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 8 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 17 new cases in San Juan County
  • 3 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 5 new cases in Valencia County
  • 5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Sunday reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

  • A male in his 70s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
  • A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the BeeHive Homes facility in Farmington.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 497.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Bernalillo County that has been identified as a duplicate; one case in Bernalillo County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident; and one case in Sierra County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 12,147 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,143

Catron County: 2

Chaves County: 94

Cibola County: 212

Colfax County: 9

Curry County: 163

Doña Ana County: 949

Eddy County: 80

Grant County: 18

Guadalupe County: 20

Harding County: 1

Hidalgo County: 49

Lea County: 132

Lincoln County: 11

Los Alamos County: 8

Luna County: 79

McKinley County: 3,375

Otero County: 42

Quay County: 6

Rio Arriba County: 98

Roosevelt County: 59

Sandoval County: 728

San Juan County: 2,422

San Miguel County: 21

Santa Fe County: 237

Sierra County: 11

Socorro County: 60

Taos County: 42

Torrance County: 43

Union County: 7

Valencia County: 121

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

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: 2
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 275
  • Otero County Processing Center: 146
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 32

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: 5
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 443
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 127 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 5,393 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 and acute care facilities:

  • Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
  • BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
  • BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
  • Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Bonney Family Home in Gallup
  • Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
  • Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
  • Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
  • Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
  • Good Samaritan Society in Grants
  • Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
  • Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
  • The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
  • Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
  • Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
  • Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
  • Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Sundance Care Home in Gallup
  • Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
  • Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces

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.

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, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
  • Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
  • Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
  • Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

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