COVID-19

This new page on the Beat, as of March 18, 2020, will be dedicated to news on COVID-19 as we receive it. Some articles in front page news, in legal notices,  columns, in sports, in editorials or letters to the editor, as well as in local and non-local news releases may also pertain to COVID-19. So please look at all pages in the Beat for ongoing news.

Eleven additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 17.9% for Friday, December 31, Saturday, January 1, Sunday, January 2, and Monday January 3

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 7,313 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

2469 new cases in Bernalillo County
10 new cases in Catron County
281 new cases in Chaves County
49 new cases in Cibola County
32 new cases in Colfax County
131 new cases in Curry County
9 new cases in De Baca County
950 new cases in Doña Ana County
100 new cases in Eddy County
131 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
18 new cases in Hidalgo County
213 new cases in Lea County
71 new cases in Lincoln County
92 new cases in Los Alamos County
60 new cases in Luna County
195 new cases in McKinley County
13 new cases in Mora County
154 new cases in Otero County
11 new cases in Quay County
168 new cases in Rio Arriba County
29 new cases in Roosevelt County
510 new cases in Sandoval County
281 new cases in San Juan County
87 new cases in San Miguel County
690 new cases in Santa Fe County
25 new cases in Sierra County
37 new cases in Socorro County
87 new cases in Taos County
32 new cases in Torrance County
10 new cases in Union County
335 new cases in Valencia County
29 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

The Department of Health on Monday reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Silver City daily cases fell however bear in mind Grant County daily cases rose as did New Mexico's . AZ and CO daily cases rose with daily case doubling times of 13 and 5 days respectively; what that really means is AZ and CO may be struggling. NM and Grant County workplace cases rose week on week. Overall, things are not quite as good as one might wish. The daily case doubling data was added because of a request; it goes well with the 4-week and 2-week trends. This week like the last was a short week so data was limited. CDC positivity data for NM is almost twice as high as my calculations, and mine match Johns Hopkins closely; I have written both the CDC as well as our governor's office about this issue, and hospital data on the government site has been sporadic. With colder days, please consider how you may best protect yourself and have a safe New Year.

Report in PDF format below:


SANTA FE - The Department of Health (DOH) urges New Mexicans to avoid large New Year's Eve gatherings and use safe practices if gathering with others outside of their household. Yesterday, COVID-19 cases in New Mexico continued to steeply rise with 2,200 new cases reported and increasing numbers of the highly infectious Omicron variant. Among the most recent COVID deaths were several individuals in their 40s. Hospitals continue to be in crisis standards of care, which means they are stretched beyond their usual capacity due to hospitalizations for COVID.

You can protect yourself and those you love from COVID:
Avoid large gatherings and consider spending New Year's Eve with household members only.
If you are attending or hosting a gathering, remember that outdoor settings are safer than indoors. Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
Wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth in public indoor settings, even if you are vaccinated.
Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol gel.
If you are sick, do not host or attend a gathering.
If you do attend a gathering, consider taking a home test before joining indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household. These tests are available at pharmacies. Free Vault home testing kits are currently limited due to national shortages, and the state is working to procure additional tests as soon as possible.

Twenty-six additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 13.8%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 2,209 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

● 791 new cases in Bernalillo County
● 1 new case in Catron County
● 156 new cases in Chaves County
● 17 new cases in Cibola County
● 17 new cases in Colfax County
● 31 new cases in Curry County
● 2 new cases in De Baca County
● 259 new cases in Doña Ana County
● 50 new cases in Eddy County
● 64 new cases in Grant County
● 4 new cases in Guadalupe County
● 9 new cases in Hidalgo County
● 77 new cases in Lea County
● 12 new cases in Lincoln County
● 20 new cases in Los Alamos County
● 16 new cases in Luna County
● 43 new cases in McKinley County
● 3 new cases in Mora County
● 22 new cases in Otero County
● 3 new cases in Quay County
● 40 new cases in Rio Arriba County
● 3 new cases in Roosevelt County
● 135 new cases in Sandoval County
● 63 new cases in San Juan County
● 32 new cases in San Miguel County
● 184 new cases in Santa Fe County
● 11 new cases in Sierra County
● 27 new cases in Socorro County
● 22 new cases in Taos County
● 10 new cases in Torrance County
● 4 new cases in Union County
● 80 new cases in Valencia County
● 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

The Department of Health on Thursday reported twenty-six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Currently evaluating potential timeline for implementation

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Wednesday that it plans to adopt new federal guidance surrounding isolation and quarantine for COVID-19. The state is currently updating its contact tracing protocols and other key processes and will announce a more specific implementation timeline in the near future.

Background

On December 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reduced its recommended COVID guidelines for isolation (following a positive COVID test) and quarantine (following exposure) from ten days to five days. Isolation and quarantine are critical tools for preventing the spread of COVID, especially by asymptomatic people who may spread the disease unknowingly. The CDC’s updated guidelines read, in part: 

Thirty-three additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 11.9%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 1,371 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

407 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Catron County
37 new cases in Chaves County
16 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Colfax County
41 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in De Baca County
205 new cases in Doña Ana County
41 new cases in Eddy County
73 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
9 new cases in Hidalgo County
80 new cases in Lea County
11 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
15 new cases in Luna County
41 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Mora County
25 new cases in Otero County
4 new cases in Quay County
17 new cases in Rio Arriba County
21 new cases in Roosevelt County
76 new cases in Sandoval County
62 new cases in San Juan County
17 new cases in San Miguel County
85 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
10 new cases in Socorro County
7 new cases in Taos County
10 new cases in Torrance County
5 new cases in Union County
32 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

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

Twenty-two additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 11.2%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 799 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

308 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
27 new cases in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Colfax County
24 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in De Baca County
32 new cases in Doña Ana County
15 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Harding County
36 new cases in Lea County
5 new cases in Lincoln County
8 new cases in Luna County
10 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Mora County
12 new cases in Otero County
4 new cases in Quay County
12 new cases in Rio Arriba County
16 new cases in Roosevelt County
89 new cases in Sandoval County
50 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
37 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
6 new cases in Socorro County
25 new cases in Taos County
7 new cases in Torrance County
3 new cases in Union County
36 new cases in Valencia County
8 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported twenty-two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Twenty-nine additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 10.0%
Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25, Sunday, December 26, and Monday December 27

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 3,039 additional COVID-19 cases for Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25, Sunday, December 26, and Monday, December 27. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
960 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Catron County
170 new cases in Chaves County
35 new cases in Cibola County
8 new cases in Colfax County
246 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
277 new cases in Doña Ana County
69 new cases in Eddy County
48 new cases in Grant County
4 new cases in Guadalupe County
12 new cases in Hidalgo County
58 new cases in Lea County
25 new cases in Lincoln County
8 new cases in Los Alamos County
24 new cases in Luna County
59 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Mora County
121 new cases in Otero County
15 new cases in Quay County
58 new cases in Rio Arriba County
21 new cases in Roosevelt County
221 new cases in Sandoval County
98 new cases in San Juan County
29 new cases in San Miguel County
248 new cases in Santa Fe County
9 new cases in Sierra County
22 new cases in Socorro County
34 new cases in Taos County
20 new cases in Torrance County
14 new cases in Union County
113 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

The Department of Health on Monday reported twenty-nine additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

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