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Doña Ana County has 14 new cases for a total of 245
SANTA FE — The state Department of Health announced it had confirmed 143 more positive tests for COVID-19 in New Mexico on Tuesday, 60 percent of which were in McKinley and San Juan counties in the hard-hit northwestern corner of the state.
Meanwhile, in southern New Mexico, 14 new cases were confirmed in Doña Ana County, for a total of 245 to date. The majority of those cases have been in the southern part of the county adjacent to Texas.
The newest cases reported by DOH are as follows:
- 25 new cases in Bernalillo County
- 1 new case in Chaves County
- 3 new cases in Cibola County
- 1 new case in Curry County
- 14 new cases in Doña Ana County
- 2 new cases in Guadalupe County
- 43 new cases in McKinley County
- 1 new case in Quay County
- 1 new case in Roosevelt County
- 7 new cases in Sandoval County
- 42 new cases in San Juan County
- 1 new case in Taos County
- 1 new case at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
- 1 new case at the ICE Torrance County Detention Facility
The DOH also reported one additional case at the Otero County Processing Center and one at the federal Torrance County Detention Facility, both of which are privately managed detention facilities for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The current totals at federal detention facilities in both counties was updated Tuesday to account for cases that had previously been incorporated into totals for Otero and Doña Ana counties. That tally is as follows:
- 31 cases at the Otero County Processing Center;
- 17 cases at the Otero County Prison Facility;
- 1 case at the Torrance County Detention Facility.
The DOH on Tuesday had designated 1,434 cases, or 27.5 percent, as having recovered. The identified cases of COVID-19 comprise 1.3 percent of the 110,289 tests that have been processed.
No data on recoveries within counties was available.
Meanwhile, 199 individuals were under hospital care in New Mexico Tuesday for COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
11 more deaths for a total of 219
The DOH also reported 11 more deaths related to the coronavirus, bringing the state’s death toll to 219.
Five of the latest deaths were McKinley County residents, ranging in age from the 50s into the 90s, all of whom had been hospitalized. One of them had been a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
Three of the deceased were from San Juan County, one of whom had been a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
The others were residents of Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.
The aggregate totals, as updated by the DOH on Tuesday, were reported as follows:
- Bernalillo County: 1,111
- Catron County: 2
- Chaves County: 28
- Cibola County: 89
- Colfax County: 5
- Curry County: 32
- Doña Ana County: 245
- Eddy County: 14
- Grant County: 15
- Guadalupe County: 17
- Harding County: 1
- Lea County: 15
- Lincoln County: 2
- Los Alamos County: 6
- Luna County: 8
- McKinley County: 1,628
- Otero County: 9
- Quay County: 5
- Rio Arriba County: 28
- Roosevelt County: 12
- Sandoval County: 474
- San Juan County: 1,149
- San Miguel County: 7
- Santa Fe County: 112
- Sierra County: 1
- Socorro County: 49
- Taos County: 21
- Torrance County: 18
- Union County: 3
- Valencia County: 57
All but three of New Mexico’s 33 counties have confirmed cases.
Governor addresses state Wednesday
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to lead a virtual news conference, during which there may be announcements about public health orders and plans to gradually resume economic activity statewide. The news conferences have typically been streamed on the governor’s official Facebook page.
For several weeks, nonessential businesses have been closed while others have operated under restrictions aiming to discourage social gathering and slow community spread of the novel coronavirus. New Mexico residents have been asked to stay home as much as possible, and the use of cloth face masks have been recommended outside the home.
The current public health orders regulating business and other activities are in effect through Friday.
COVID-19 information and resources
New Mexicans showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) are advised to contact their health care provider or the DOH COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
Testing is available for individuals under the following conditions:
- People without symptoms who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
- people without symptoms living in nursing homes;
- people without symptoms in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, and detention centers;
- people without symptoms who are currently working;
- people with symptoms including cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans with non-health-related questions or concerns may call 1-833-551-0518 or visit www.NewMexico.gov online.
Up to date information on public health orders and metrics of COVID-19 testing and cases can be viewed online at cv.NMHealth.org.
For emotional support and behavioral health crises, the state has established a mobile application, NMConnect, for accessing services. The app can be downloaded for free to use with iPhone and Android devices.
A dedicated hotline for healthcare workers and first responders is available at 1-855-507-5509.
All others may access help at 1-855-662-7474.
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