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Lea adds 20 cases on Wednesday; Gov to address state today at 3 p.m.

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Lea County’s cumulative total added 20 positive case for COVID-19 Wednesday.

The county now has a cumulative total of 431 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 8,192 tests.

Of those 431 cases, the state says 78 have been designated as totally recovered.

Of those positive tests, 240 were for the 88240 or Hobbs zip code, 114 were for the 88260 or Lovington zip code, 44 cases were for the 88242 or north Hobbs zip code, 11 cases for 88231 or the Eunice zip code, two cases for the 88267 or Tatum zip code, 10 cases for the 88252 or Jal zip code and one case for the 88265 or the Monument area zip code.

Nine cases have not been assigned a location in Lea County, as of this posting.

Lea County has recorded its first official death due to COVID-19 and possibly a second. The N.M. Department of Health announced on Tuesday a 70-year-old male, who had been hospitalized with underlying conditions had died. Meanwhile on Facebook, a family of the 45-year-old Lovington woman announced she had died due to COVID-19 but that information was not released through the state’s daily update of COVID-19 numbers. The family said she died at a Lubbock hospital. Nor Lea Hospital also issued a press release confirming the death.

No adult correctional facility in Lea County has had any positive tests for COVID-19, per the state health department. Lea County has reported two positives in the juvenile detention facility but that is not indicated on the state’s coronavirus website.

With 431 cases, Lea County has had the most cases of any county in southeastern New Mexico. In nearby Eddy County now has 202 cases. To the north of Lea County, Roosevelt County has 95 cases and Curry has 328. Northwest of Lea County, Chaves County now has 229 cases.

As of Wednesday, there are 178 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 Wednesday, there are 6,974 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health. The state has conducted 489,334 tests with cumulative total of 17,828 positive tests.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference this afternoon at 3 p.m. to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and the plan for a safe and methodical re-entry to the public school year this fall. The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 316 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 89 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 7 new cases in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 53 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 6 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 20 new case in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 3 new cases in Luna County
  • 35 new cases in McKinley County
  • 3 new cases in Mora County
  • 7 new cases in Otero County
  • 2 new cases in Quay County
  • 5 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 15 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 8 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 19 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Taos County
  • 14 new cases in Valencia County
  • 2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
  • 4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

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

  • A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque and had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 591.

Previously reported numbers included one case that has been identified as a duplicate in Bernalillo County, three cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (one case in Bernalillo County, one case in Doña Ana County, one case in Otero County) and one case in Curry 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 17,828 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 4,005
Catron County: 4
Chaves County: 229
Cibola County: 278
Colfax County: 11
Curry County: 328
Doña Ana County: 1,838
Eddy County: 202
Grant County: 59
Guadalupe County: 26
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 81
Lea County: 431
Lincoln County: 44
Los Alamos County: 16
Luna County: 168
McKinley County: 3,818
Mora County: 6
Otero County: 120
Quay County: 28
Rio Arriba County: 256
Roosevelt County: 95
Sandoval County: 957
San Juan County: 2,869
San Miguel County: 36
Santa Fe County: 456
Sierra County: 21
Socorro County: 67
Taos County: 74
Torrance County: 51
Union County: 14
Valencia County: 278

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: 276
  • 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: 24
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 465
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 6,974 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
  • Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
  • Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • 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
  • El Castillo in Santa Fe
  • GoodLife Senior Living in Carlsbad
  • Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
  • Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
  • Montebello on Academy in Albuquerque
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
  • New Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences
  • North Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
  • Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
  • 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
  • Sierra Springs Assisted Living in Los Lunas
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell
  • Taos Living Center in Taos
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las Cruces
  • White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs

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).

The following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

  • 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;
  • 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.

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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