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Lea has third death attributed to COVID-19

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A Lea County man in his 50s has died from COVID-19, according the N.M. Department of Health.

The man had been hospitalized and is the third person from Lea County who’s death is attributed to COVID-19. The two other official deaths due to COVID-19 prior to Monday were a male in his 70s, who had been hospitalized with underlying conditions, and a female in her 40s, who had been hospitalized with underlying conditions.

Lea County’s cumulative total added 25 positive case for COVID-19 Monday.

The county now has a cumulative total of 546 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 9,700 tests.

Of those 546 cases, the state says 106 have been designated as totally recovered.

Of those positive tests, 289 were for the 88240 or Hobbs zip code, 143 were for the 88260 or Lovington zip code, 48 cases were for the 88242 or north Hobbs zip code, 15 cases for 88231 or the Eunice zip code, two cases for the 88267 or Tatum zip code, 9 cases for the 88252 or Jal zip code and one case for the 88265 or the Monument area zip code.

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

Lea County has reported two positives in the Lea County Correctional Facility in Hobbs and two positives at the county’s juvenile detention center in Lovington.

With 546 cases, Lea County has had the most cases of any county in southeastern New Mexico. In nearby Eddy County now has 225 cases. To the north of Lea County, Roosevelt County has 117 cases and Curry has 395. Northwest of Lea County, Chaves County now has 270 cases.

As of Monday, there are 159 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 Monday, there are 7,459 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health. The state has conducted 528,890 tests with cumulative total of 19,502 positive tests.

New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 467 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 62 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 16 new cases in Curry County
  • 76 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 25 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 7 new cases in Luna County
  • 13 new cases in McKinley County
  • 21 new cases in Otero County
  • 6 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 7 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 9 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 12 new cases in San Juan County
  • 12 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 4 new cases in Torrance County
  • 6 new cases in Valencia County
  • 170 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
  • 2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

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

  • A female in her 60s 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 male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Montebello on Academy facility in Albuquerque.
  • A female in her 100s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Las Cruces.
  • A male in his 50s from Lea County. The individual was hospitalized.
  • A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 619.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, two in Lea County, one in McKinley County) and five cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (two in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Grant County, one in San Juan County) – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include two cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents but have since been determined to be New Mexico residents and have been added to their respective county totals, one in Bernalillo County and one in Chaves County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 19,502 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 4,466

Catron County: 4

Chaves County: 270

Cibola County: 302

Colfax County: 13

Curry County: 395

Doña Ana County: 2,064

Eddy County: 225

Grant County: 63

Guadalupe County: 29

Harding County: 1

Hidalgo County: 85

Lea County: 546

Lincoln County: 75

Los Alamos County: 17

Luna County: 197

McKinley County: 3,921

Mora County: 6

Otero County: 168

Quay County: 31

Rio Arriba County: 280

Roosevelt County: 117

Sandoval County: 1,018

San Juan County: 2,926

San Miguel County: 39

Santa Fe County: 510

Sierra County: 26

Socorro County: 71

Taos County: 86

Torrance County: 56

Union County: 23

Valencia County: 319

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: 175
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 277
  • Otero County Processing Center: 159
  • 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
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 2
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility: 1
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 469
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility: 1

As of today, there are 159 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 7,459 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
  • Bonney Family Home in Gallup
  • Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
  • Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
  • Casa Contenta Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
  • 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

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).

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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