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23 new COVID-19 cases added for Lea County

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Lea County cumulative total added 23 positive tests for COVID-19 on Thursday.

The county now has a cumulative total of 322 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 7,107 tests. The single biggest age group to be testing positive for COVID-19 in Lea County are those ages 20-29. That age group has 70 cases. The next largest age group is those ages 30-39 with 61 cases.

There have been no deaths due to COVID-19 in Lea County. Nor-Lea reports it has no patients in its hospital who are positive for COVID-19.

Of those 322 cases, the state says 64 have been designated as totally recovered.

Of those positive tests, 190 were for the 88240 or Hobbs zip code, 75 were for the 88260 or Lovington zip code, 36 cases were for the 88242 or north Hobbs zip code, seven cases for 88231 or the Eunice zip code, one case for the 88267 or Tatum zip code and seven cases for the 88252 or Jal zip code. Six cases have not been assigned a location in Lea County, as of this posting.

No correctional facility in Lea County has had any positive tests for COVID-19, per the state health department.

With 322 cases, Lea County has had the most cases of any county in southeastern New Mexico. In nearby Eddy County now has 167 cases. To the north of Lea County, Roosevelt County has 83 cases and Curry has 282. Northwest of Lea County, Chaves County now has 188 cases.

As of Thursday in New Mexico, there are 6,578 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state has 16,138 positive tests out of 443,368 tests administered.

There are currently 170 patients hospitalized statewide. 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.

New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 300 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 103 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 11 new cases in Curry County
  • 39 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 13 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 23 new cases in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 2 new cases in Luna County
  • 20 new cases in McKinley County
  • 5 new cases in Otero County
  • 9 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 15 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 16 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 9 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 4 new cases in Taos County
  • 11 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Thursday reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:

  • A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Sandia Ridge Center facility in Albuquerque.
  • A female in her 70s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
  • A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and 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 San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.  The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.

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

Previously reported numbers included one case in Socorro County that has been identified as a duplicate and two cases in Chaves County that have been identified as out-of-state residents – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 16,138 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 3,464

Catron County: 4

Chaves County: 188

Cibola County: 259

Colfax County: 10

Curry County: 282

Doña Ana County: 1,610

Eddy County: 167

Grant County: 46

Guadalupe County: 24

Harding County: 1

Hidalgo County: 76

Lea County: 322

Lincoln County: 32

Los Alamos County: 14

Luna County: 135

McKinley County: 3,709

Mora County: 2

Otero County: 89

Quay County: 19

Rio Arriba County: 156

Roosevelt County: 83

Sandoval County: 883

San Juan County: 2,782

San Miguel County: 29

Santa Fe County: 389

Sierra County: 17

Socorro County: 64

Taos County: 65

Torrance County: 49

Union County: 14

Valencia County: 217

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: 7
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 459
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

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:

  • The Adobe in Las Cruces
  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
  • Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Bonney Family Home in Gallup
  • Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
  • Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
  • Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Crane’s Roost Care Home in Aztec
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • Good Samaritan Society in Grants
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho
  • Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
  • Sierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las Cruces

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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