October 22, 2020 6:26 AM
New Mexico COVID-19 update: 827 new cases, totaling 38,715
Eight additional COVID-19 deaths
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 827 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
292 new cases in Bernalillo County
27 new cases in Chaves County
13 new cases in Cibola County
28 new cases in Curry County
172 new cases in Doña Ana County
42 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
36 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Lincoln County
13 new cases in Luna County
10 new cases in McKinley County
16 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
10 new cases in Roosevelt County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
25 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
64 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Sierra County
3 new cases in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
16 new cases in Valencia County
9 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 90s from Chaves County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Heartfelt Manor Assisted Living in Roswell.
A female in her 70s from Curry County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Welbrook Senior Living in Las Cruces.
A male in his 40s from Grant County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Kingston Residence of Santa Fe facility.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 950.
Previously reported numbers included eight cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, two in Chaves County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Grant County, one in San Juan County, one in Santa Fe County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 38,715 COVID-19 cases:
Bernalillo County: 9,503
Catron County: 9
Chaves County: 1,816
Cibola County: 520
Colfax County: 41
Curry County: 1,367
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 5,073
Eddy County: 1,256
Grant County: 171
Guadalupe County: 38
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 112
Lea County: 1,893
Lincoln County: 315
Los Alamos County: 40
Luna County: 661
McKinley County: 4,502
Mora County: 14
Otero County: 411
Quay County: 95
Rio Arriba County: 460
Roosevelt County: 402
Sandoval County: 1,772
San Juan County: 3,653
San Miguel County: 151
Santa Fe County: 1,474
Sierra County: 80
Socorro County: 191
Taos County: 181
Torrance County: 93
Union County: 39
Valencia County: 803
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: 340
Otero County Prison Facility: 340
Otero County Processing Center: 181
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: 41
Lea County Correctional Facility: 103
Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 5
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 472
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 45
Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4
As of today, there are 202 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.
OVERALL STATE HOSPITAL CAPACITY: As of today, 80 percent of adult general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 71 percent of adult ICU beds across New Mexico hospitals are occupied. This includes patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and other illnesses.
As of today, there are 20,332 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 facilities:
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation
Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes Volcano Cliffs in Albuquerque
Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
Brookdale Valencia Albuquerque
Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in Alamogordo
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
Colfax Long Term Care Center in Springer
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hobbs
El Castillo in Santa Fe
Fairwinds Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
Good Life Senior Living in Artesia
Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad
Good Samaritan Manzano Del Sol Independent Senior Living in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
Laguna Rainbow Care in Casa Blanca
Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
Life Care Center in Farmington
LifeSpire Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
Lotus Care Homes in Albuquerque
Kingston Residence of Santa Fe
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio Rancho
The Montebello on Academy in Albuquerque
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) in Albuquerque
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Ramah Adult Care in Ramah
The Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque
Retirement Ranches in Clovis
Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
The Rio Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Center
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Senior Suites in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Albuquerque
Silver City Care Center in Silver City
Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation in Los Alamos
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell
Tercer Cielo in Albuquerque
Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Village Retirement Community in Roswell
Vista Hermosa in Santa Fe
Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces
Westwind House Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis
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, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.
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.
October 21, 2020 7:36 AM
Governor, state officials detail crackdown on COVID-19
Hotspot businesses to be temporarily closed; retail hours limited;
safety requirements for food and drink establishments enhanced
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health and workplace safety officials on Tuesday announced new enhanced mitigation efforts to crack down on COVID-19 throughout New Mexico, a targeted and moderated approach that is intended to break the chain of escalating statewide infections and prevent the virus from overwhelming state hospitals without enacting wholesale business closings.
The governor and state officials were scheduled to present the information on the governor’s Facebook page at 1 p.m. That update was delayed by unforeseen technical difficulties, which prevented the update from streaming live on the governor’s Facebook page. The Governor’s Office apologizes deeply for the difficulties and is working to resolve them.
The slides from the presentation are available here.
The governor and state health officials also on Tuesday re-emphasized the renewed directive that New Mexicans should stay home except for outings essential to health, safety and welfare to the greatest extent possible to help slow the incidence and spread of COVID-19. That directive has remained within the successive iterations of the state emergency public health order all throughout the spring and summer months as it is the most effective tool for rapidly blunting the spread of the highly infectious virus.
The state of New Mexico last week experienced its worst week for COVID-19 infections throughout the duration of the pandemic, with the state’s new rate of spread and new case rate ranking among the highest in the United States. The state’s positivity rate, rolling average of new cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations have all spiked precipitously in October following steady increases over the month of September. State hospitals, which have seen a more than 100 percent increase in COVID-19 patients this month, have begun to experience strain; 81 percent of the state’s adult general hospital beds as of Oct. 20 are occupied, and 71 percent of the state’s ICU beds as of Oct. 20 are occupied, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
The state’s newest mitigation efforts include an enhanced strategy for enforcing safety requirements at food and drink establishments offering limited indoor-dining options, a targeting of higher-risk hotspot places of business reporting clusters of infections and a statewide mandatory closing time for retail entities among other measures.
“This last week has been scary,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “It’s been unsettling and upsetting to see everybody’s hard work and sacrifice undone in only a few short weeks. That is the awful, relentless nature of this virus, this invisible enemy of ours. And when we begin talking about straining our state hospital capacity – when we talk about the availability of beds, of health care workers to treat New Mexicans in need – we are talking about a crisis that would unequivocally lead to more significant illness and more needless death in our state. We cannot afford to take that risk lightly. We must not panic, and we must act.
“None of us want to hunker back down,” added the governor, “but practicing social distancing and wearing our masks and staying home whenever we can is the best public health tool we have to protect our state and our health care workers and hospitals. It’s incumbent upon all of us to take those steps. The quicker we all act, the more united we are in our action, the quicker we will get through to the other side of this wave, and the sooner it will be safer again to spend socially-distant time outside with loved ones and friends. My administration will continue our outreach to cities and counties statewide to talk about the importance of enforcement and proactive measures that encourage New Mexicans to limit their time outside the home and to engage in only the safest behaviors in public and around others.
“We know shuttering businesses statewide would be devastating economically for our state. I am determined to avoid that untenable scenario, if we can, and so I am determined to try aggressive and strategic mitigation before reaching for that emergency measure. We know a lot more about this virus than we did earlier this year. We know that spending time indoors when not at home is a primary vector for transmission. We know that spaces where individuals cannot wear masks – such as food and drink establishments – enhance the risk of transmission. We know out-of-state travel enhances the risk of transmission. And we know that ten cases become one hundred and one hundred become one thousand very, very quickly. That’s why we are targeting the areas where risk is greatest and where cases are piling up – and hopefully we can sustain workers and livelihoods and beat back this virus and buy much-needed time for our health care system as we once again flatten the curve and stabilize the public health conditions in New Mexico.”
The state will later this week issue an extended emergency public health order effective Friday, Oct. 23, which incorporates the following amendments intended to root out and prevent the incidence and spread of COVID-19 at locations identified as sources of possible exposure:
Businesses that incur four rapid responses – which occur when an employer reports, as required, an incidence of COVID-19 in the workplace to the state Environment Department, which oversees state occupational health and safety efforts – over a two-week period will be required to close for two weeks.
This closure requirement will apply to food and drink establishments, close-contact businesses, retail spaces, places of lodging and other places of business presenting an extreme public health risk as determined by the Department of Health.
All retail establishments must close by 10 p.m. each night, in alignment with the state’s requirement that food and drink establishments serving alcohol must close by 10 p.m.
Retail establishments are defined in the public health order as businesses selling goods or services directly to a customer and include grocery stores and “big box” stores.
Food and drink establishments that complete the New Mexico Safe Certification training program, which educates workers about the state’s required and recommended COVID-Safe Practices, may continue to offer limited indoor dining at a maximum of 25 percent occupancy as of Friday, Oct. 30. Food and drink establishments that are not New Mexico Safe Certified as of Friday, Oct. 30, may continue to provide outdoor dine-in service at 75 percent of maximum occupancy with tables at least six feet apart among other required COVID-Safe Practices but may not provide indoor dine-in service.
Restaurants wishing to continue limited indoor dining must consent, as part of the certification program, to spot testing of employees by the state Department of Health. The Department of Health will prioritize spot-testing for establishments in high-risk counties where the spread of the virus is greatest.
Restaurants wishing to continue limited indoor dining must require customers who dine on-site to list their name and contact information in a logbook, and retain the information for no less than three weeks, to assist state regulators in contact-tracing efforts. Previously, this contribution to contact-tracing efforts was only recommended as part of the state’s COVID-Safe Practices.
The state will also close state museums and historical sites effective Friday, Oct 23.
The new mitigation efforts are supplemental to the state’s most recent enhanced regulations, which include a mandatory nightly closing time for food and drink establishments serving alcohol, a tighter limit on the number of people who may gather in one place and a reduced maximum occupancy for hotels and other places of lodging as a result of contact tracing identifying out-of-state travel as a top source of possible exposure.
Maximum occupancy restrictions remain in place for businesses and different industries and in-person entities statewide, as does the statewide requirement that all individuals wear facemasks in public.
“Please stay home,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Please, when you must go out, wear a mask, and avoid groups. Shop alone – don’t bring the whole family. Over the next week, two weeks, three weeks, please be extremely conservative in deciding how much time to spend outside of the home. The visit to friends can wait – it’s not worth your life, or theirs. The visit to family can wait – it’s not worth your life, or theirs. Take care and take caution, and we will successfully protect our hospitals and health care workers.”
“New Mexico had 819 COVID-19 cases last Friday, the largest number our state has ever seen and our hospital cases are rising again,” said New Mexico Human Services Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. “What’s most distressing is that we’ve had record case counts in every age group. Most concerning is patients over 50-years of age account for most hospitalizations. If we want to see our case numbers and hospitalizations go down, we must all take action and pull together.”