Lea County has had its tenth death related to COVID-19, according to the N.M. Department of Health.
On Thursday, the Health Department announced a Lea County man in his 50’s died. The man was hospitalized.
Prior to Thursday ay Lea County has had nine deaths attributed to COVID-19: a male in his 20’s with underlying conditions, a man in his 50’s, a male in his 60’s, a male in his 70’s, who had been hospitalized with underlying conditions, a female in her 40’s, who had been hospitalized with underlying conditions, a female in her 70’s with underlying conditions, a male in his 80’s who had been hospitalized, a man in his 80’s who had been hospitalized and a woman in her 70’s who had been hospitalized with underlying conditions.
Lea County’s added eight positive cases for COVID-19 on Thursday, 27 cases on Wednesday and four cases on Tuesday.
With those, the county now has a cumulative total of 1,084 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 15,325 tests. Of those 1,084 cases, the state says 412 have been designated as totally recovered.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 26, hospitals in Lea County reported they had 12 patients in the last seven days seeking treatment due to COVID-19. Some of those patients have been discharged, meaning they were sent home or while others may have been transfered outside Lea County for further treatment while others remain hospitalized in Lea County. In the prior week, Lea County hospitals saw seven patients over the course of seven days seeking treatment for COVID-19.
Of those 1,084 positive tests, 607 were for the 88240 or Hobbs zip code, 289 were for the 88260 or Lovington zip code, 98 cases were for the 88242 or north Hobbs zip code, 29 cases for 88231 or the Eunice zip code, seven cases for the 88267 or Tatum zip code, 26 cases for the 88252 or Jal zip code and one case for the 88265 or the Monument area zip code.
Twenty-seven cases have not been assigned a location in Lea County, as of this posting.
Lea County has reported four positives in the Lea County Correctional Facility in Hobbs.
With 1084 cases, Lea County has had the most cases of any county in southeastern New Mexico. In nearby Eddy County now has 466 cases. To the north of Lea County, Roosevelt County has 195 cases and Curry has 655. Northwest of Lea County, Chaves County now has 663 cases.
As of Thursday, there are 68 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 Thursday, there are 12,446 COVID-19 cases statewide designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health. The state has conducted 740,366 tests and has had 24,920 positive cases.
New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 190 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
53 new cases in Bernalillo County
16 new cases in Chaves County
5 new cases in Curry County
20 new cases in Doña Ana County
9 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
4 new cases in Hidalgo County
8 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
32 new cases in Luna County
3 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new new case in Roosevelt County
5 new new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
16 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Thursday reported nine additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.
• A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque.
• A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque.
• A female in her 60s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 70s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces facility in Las Cruces.
• A male in his 50s from Lea County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A male in his 70s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 60s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 764.
Previously reported numbers included one case in Santa Fe County that has been identified as a duplicate and one case in Rio Arriba 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 24,920 COVID-19 cases:
Bernalillo County: 5,721
Catron County: 5
Chaves County: 663
Cibola County: 396
Colfax County: 19
Curry County: 655
Doña Ana County: 2,772
Eddy County: 466
Grant County: 78
Guadalupe County: 32
Harding County: 2
Hidalgo County: 97
Lea County: 1,084
Lincoln County: 166
Los Alamos County: 25
Luna County: 307
McKinley County: 4,170
Mora County: 6
Otero County: 218
Quay County: 60
Rio Arriba County: 353
Roosevelt County: 195
Sandoval County: 1,234
San Juan County: 3,167
San Miguel County: 77
Santa Fe County: 806
Sierra County: 37
Socorro County: 77
Taos County: 116
Torrance County: 63
Union County: 31
Valencia County: 504
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: 324
Otero County Prison Facility: 280
Otero County Processing Center: 159
Torrance County Detention Facility: 44
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: 28
Lea County Correctional Facility: 4
Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 472
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4
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, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, 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 Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:
• Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;
• Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
• Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes;
• Patients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.
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.