New Mexico state health officials on Sunday, May 24, announced 149 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
- 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
- 3 new cases in Chaves County
- 7 new cases in Cibola County
- 17 new cases in Doña Ana County
- 1 new case in Eddy County
- 64 new cases in McKinley County
- 2 new cases in Otero County
- 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
- 1 new case in Roosevelt County
- 9 new cases in Sandoval County
- 23 new cases in San Juan County
- 3 new cases in Santa Fe County
- 1 new case in Taos County
- 1 new case in Torrance County
- 3 new cases in Valencia County
- 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported nine additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.
Those cases are:
A man in his 60s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A man in his 70s from McKinley County. He was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A woman in her 80s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second woman in her 80s from McKinley County. She had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A third woman in her 80s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The woman was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A man in his 90s from McKinley County. He had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A man in his 50s from San Juan County who was hospitalized.
A man in his 60s from San Juan County. He was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A man in his 80s from San Juan County. The man was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 317.
Previously reported numbers included: one case in Bernalillo County that has been identified as a duplicate; one case in Doña Ana County that has since been determined to be an out-of-state resident; and one case in Santa Fe County that has been identified as not being lab confirmed – 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 identified as state residents and have been added to San Juan County.
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,943 positive tests for COVID-19:
- Bernalillo County: 1,337
- Catron County: 2
- Chaves County: 39
- Cibola County: 129
- Colfax County: 5
- Curry County: 46
- Doña Ana County: 407
- Eddy County: 18
- Grant County: 16
- Guadalupe County: 19
- Harding County: 1
- Hidalgo County: 1
- Lea County: 23
- Lincoln County: 3
- Los Alamos County: 6
- Luna County: 8
- McKinley County: 2,192
- Otero County: 14
- Quay County: 5
- Rio Arriba County: 37
- Roosevelt County: 34
- Sandoval County: 543
- San Juan County: 1,558
- San Miguel County: 11
- Santa Fe County: 132
- Sierra County: 1
- Socorro County: 49
- Taos County: 24
- Torrance County: 20
- Union County: 3
- Valencia County: 72
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: 50
- Otero County Processing Center: 92
- Torrance County Detention Facility: 2
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: 1
- Otero County Prison Facility: 41
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.
As of today, Sunday, May 24, there are 213 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, Sunday, May 24, there are 2,464 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 congregate living and acute care facilities:
- Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
- Aztec Health Care in Aztec
- Beehive Homes in Farmington
- Bonney Family Home in Gallup
- Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
- Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
- Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
- Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
- Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
- Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
- La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
- Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
- Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
- Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
- McKinley Care Center in Gallup
- MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
- Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
- Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
- Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
- Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
- Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
- San Juan Center in Farmington
- Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
- Sundance Care Home in Gallup
- Taos Living Center in Taos
- Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
- Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
- The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
- Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
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.
Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.
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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