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15 new COVID-19 cases announced for Lea County

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Lea County cumulative total added 15 positive tests for COVID-19 on Sunday.

The county now has a cumulative total of 187 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of those 187 cases, the state says 40 have been designated as totally recovered.  In Lea County as of Saturday, there has been tests 5,516 tests administered.

Of those positive tests, 121 were for the 88240 or Hobbs zip code, 29 were for the 88260 or Lovington zip code, 25 cases were for the 88242 or north Hobbs zip code, three cases for 88231 or the Eunice zip code, one case for the 88267 or Tatum zip code and four case for the 88252 or Jal zip code. Four 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 103 cases. To the north of Lea County, Roosevelt County has 71 cases and Curry has 193. Northwest of Lea County, Chaves County now has 120 cases.

As of Sunday in New Mexico, there are 5,860 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state has 13,256 positive tests out of 375,054 tests administered. There are currently 119 patients hospitalized.

New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 203 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 65 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 38 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 15 new cases in Lea County
  • 4 new cases in Luna County
  • 20 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 1 new case in Sandoval County
  • 28 new cases in San Juan County
  • 8 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Torrance County
  • 4 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Sunday reported no additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 513.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, one in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County); one case in San Juan County that was not lab confirmed; and five cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, four in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 13,256 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,471

Catron County: 2

Chaves County: 120

Cibola County: 233

Colfax County: 9

Curry County: 193

Doña Ana County: 1,128

Eddy County: 103

Grant County: 24

Guadalupe County: 20

Harding County: 1

Hidalgo County: 59

Lea County: 187

Lincoln County: 13

Los Alamos County: 8

Luna County: 101

McKinley County: 3,502

Otero County: 58

Quay County: 6

Rio Arriba County: 106

Roosevelt County: 71

Sandoval County: 761

San Juan County: 2,542

San Miguel County: 22

Santa Fe County: 267

Sierra County: 14

Socorro County: 60

Taos County: 48

Torrance County: 48

Union County: 8

Valencia County: 146


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: 149
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 43

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: 6
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 448
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 119 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.

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
  • 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 Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
  • Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
  • Good Samaritan Society in Grants
  • Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
  • The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
  • Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
  • Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
  • Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
  • Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • South Valley Care 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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