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.

Twenty-five additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 9.9%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state officials on Wednesday announced 1,357 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
376 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
81 new cases in Chaves County
24 new cases in Cibola County
7 new cases in Colfax County
64 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
174 new cases in Doña Ana County
51 new cases in Eddy County
28 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Guadalupe County
5 new cases in Hidalgo County
28 new cases in Lea County
38 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
22 new cases in Luna County
22 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
13 new cases in Otero County
11 new cases in Quay County
31 new cases in Rio Arriba County
32 new cases in Roosevelt County
96 new cases in Sandoval County
71 new cases in San Juan County
24 new cases in San Miguel County
57 new cases in Santa Fe County
7 new cases in Sierra County
16 new cases in Socorro County
3 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Torrance County
4 new cases in Union County
58 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County

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

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 10.6%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 788 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
263 new cases in Bernalillo County
13 new cases in Chaves County
6 new cases in Cibola County
6 new cases in Colfax County
18 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
104 new cases in Doña Ana County
30 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
5 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Harding County
42 new cases in Lea County
7 new cases in Lincoln County
5 new cases in Luna County
18 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
27 new cases in Otero County
9 new cases in Quay County
8 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
61 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in San Miguel County
15 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
14 new cases in Socorro County
22 new cases in Taos County
6 new cases in Torrance County
10 new cases in Union County
46 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

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

SANTA FE –  On Monday, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced its first identified case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The case was identified on Sunday, December 12 and is a female adult in Bernalillo County. The individual reported recent domestic travel to a state with reported cases of Omicron. The individual was seen in a local emergency room and discharged stable to home. DOH is currently conducting a thorough case investigation.

Omicron has been identified as a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC describes a variant of concern as “A variant for which there is evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease (for example, increased hospitalizations or deaths), significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or diagnostic detection failures.”

The Omicron variant has been confirmed in at least 30 states and the District of Columbia, as well as more than 60 countries. Omicron appears to be spreading faster than the currently-dominant Delta variant.

SANTA FE – On Monday, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced that over 40,000 New Mexicans between the ages of 5 and 11 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This figure represents more than 21% of all New Mexicans within this age range. Moreover, nearly 15,000 of New Mexico’s 5- to 11-year-olds have now completed their initial vaccination series.

“New Mexico’s parents have waited almost two years for the ability to protect their children from this terrible pandemic, and we are highly encouraged that so many parents are seizing this opportunity,” said DOH Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Parajon.

As a reminder, DOH announced on November 3 of this year children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, following federal approvals by both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A dose of Pfizer for children 5-11 contains one-third the amount of active ingredient compared to the adult dose.

Twelve additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 10.6%
Saturday, December 11, Sunday, December 12, and Monday, December 13

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 2,561 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
● 878 new cases in Bernalillo County
● 1 new case in Catron County
● 110 new cases in Chaves County
● 23 new cases in Cibola County
● 5 new cases in Colfax County
● 59 new cases in Curry County
● 3 new cases in De Baca County
● 268 new cases in Doña Ana County
● 69 new cases in Eddy County
● 31 new cases in Grant County
● 1 new case in Guadalupe County
● 2 new cases in Harding County
● 7 new cases in Hidalgo County
● 56 new cases in Lea County
● 14 new cases in Lincoln County
● 8 new cases in Los Alamos County
● 23 new cases in Luna County
● 46 new cases in McKinley County
● 9 new cases in Mora County
● 51 new cases in Otero County
● 20 new cases in Quay County
● 62 new cases in Rio Arriba County
● 28 new cases in Roosevelt County
● 191 new cases in Sandoval County
● 170 new cases in San Juan County
● 35 new cases in San Miguel County
● 138 new cases in Santa Fe County
● 9 new cases in Sierra County
● 29 new cases in Socorro County
● 36 new cases in Taos County
● 17 new cases in Torrance County
● 6 new cases in Union County
● 128 new cases in Valencia County
● 8 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
● 4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
● 16 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

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

Grant County and Silver City seem to be doing rather well. NM may be about to level off. The big caveat is that the omicron variant is in AZ, CO, and TX. That means NM will detect omicron soon. Omicron is more contagious than the current delta variant. However omicron so far has been less serious albeit on low case numbers. Given the probable arrival of omicron in NM, and given the public holidays in the next three weeks, please take care. We had a bump after Thanksgiving but luckily cases settled back down in Grant County and Silver City.

Thirteen additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 11.5%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 1,468 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

● 366 new cases in Bernalillo County
● 1 new case in Catron County
● 54 new cases in Chaves County
● 16 new cases in Cibola County
● 50 new cases in Curry County
● 7 new cases in De Baca County
● 190 new cases in Doña Ana County
● 51 new cases in Eddy County
● 17 new cases in Grant County
● 1 new case in Guadalupe County
● 6 new cases in Hidalgo County
● 28 new cases in Lea County
● 14 new cases in Lincoln County
● 8 new cases in Los Alamos County
● 16 new cases in Luna County
● 34 new cases in McKinley County
● 2 new cases in Mora County
● 79 new cases in Otero County
● 25 new cases in Quay County
● 18 new cases in Rio Arriba County
● 79 new cases in Roosevelt County
● 67 new cases in Sandoval County
● 86 new cases in San Juan County
● 17 new cases in San Miguel County
● 84 new cases in Santa Fe County
● 12 new cases in Sierra County
● 22 new cases in Socorro County
● 12 new cases in Taos County
● 13 new cases in Torrance County
● 8 new cases in Union County
● 76 new cases in Valencia County
● 7 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 Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County
● 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

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

Fourteen additional COVID-19 deaths, 7-Day positivity rate 12.6%

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,626 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
493 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Catron County
93 new cases in Chaves County
16 new cases in Cibola County
3 new cases in Colfax County
38 new cases in Curry County
5 new cases in De Baca County
216 new cases in Doña Ana County
49 new cases in Eddy County
22 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
3 new cases in Hidalgo County
45 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
4 new cases in Los Alamos County
51 new cases in Luna County
38 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Mora County
42 new cases in Otero County
16 new cases in Quay County
24 new cases in Rio Arriba County
23 new cases in Roosevelt County
115 new cases in Sandoval County
49 new cases in San Juan County
9 new cases in San Miguel County
96 new cases in Santa Fe County
11 new cases in Sierra County
11 new cases in Socorro County
43 new cases in Taos County
16 new cases in Torrance County
7 new cases in Union County
69 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Federal Prison Facility
6 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

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

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