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11 new COVID-19 cases added for Lea County on Friday

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Lea County cumulative total added 11 positive tests for COVID-19 on Friday.

The county now has a cumulative total of 333 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 7,484 tests.

There have been no deaths due to COVID-19 in Lea County. Nor-Lea reported on Thursday it had no patients in its hospital who are positive for COVID-19.

Of those 333 cases, the state says 68 have been designated as totally recovered.

Of those positive tests, 192 were for the 88240 or Hobbs zip code, 82 were for the 88260 or Lovington zip code, 37 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, eight cases for the 88252 or Jal zip code and one case for the 88265 or the Monument area zip code.

Five 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 333 cases, Lea County has had the most cases of any county in southeastern New Mexico. In nearby Eddy County now has 168 cases. To the north of Lea County, Roosevelt County has 84 cases and Curry has 291. Northwest of Lea County, Chaves County now has 189 cases.

As of Friday in New Mexico, there are 6,654 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state has 16,456 positive tests out of 452,298 tests administered.

There are currently 166 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 Friday announced 319 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 111 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 9 new cases in Curry County
  • 36 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 11 new cases in Lea County
  • 5 new cases in Luna County
  • 16 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Mora County
  • 6 new cases in Otero County
  • 3 new cases in Quay County
  • 37 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 12 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 26 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 7 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 4 new cases in Taos County
  • 25 new cases in Valencia County
  • 2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County

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

  • A male in his 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 565.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (one in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County) – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case in Doña Ana County that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been determined to be a New Mexico resident and has been added to Doña Ana County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 16,456 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 3,578
Catron County: 4
Chaves County: 189
Cibola County: 259
Colfax County: 11
Curry County: 291
Doña Ana County: 1,645
Eddy County: 168
Grant County: 47
Guadalupe County: 24
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 77
Lea County: 333
Lincoln County: 32
Los Alamos County: 14
Luna County: 140
McKinley County: 3,724
Mora County: 3
Otero County: 96
Quay County: 22
Rio Arriba County: 193
Roosevelt County: 84
Sandoval County: 895
San Juan County: 2,808
San Miguel County: 30
Santa Fe County: 396
Sierra County: 17
Socorro County: 63
Taos County: 69
Torrance County: 49
Union County: 14
Valencia County: 241

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: 9
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 459
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 166 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 6,654 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:

  • 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
  • Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
  • Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
  • Montebello on Academy in Albuquerque
  • 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
  • Taos Living Center in Taos
  • The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces 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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