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15,514 Positive Cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico/551 Total Deaths Statewide (Updated: July 14, 2020)
New Mexico Department of Health 1-855-600-3453

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July 14, 2020 8:44 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 15,514
Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 227 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

65 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Curry County
49 new cases in Doña Ana County
7 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
6 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
4 new cases in Luna County
22 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
12 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
12 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
6 new cases in Union County
6 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Tuesday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:

A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 30s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 551.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Eddy County, one in Mora County, one in San Juan County) and one case in Socorro County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. July 13’s update included reporting the death of a male in his 90s from San Juan County who was reported to have no underlying conditions - the individual did have underlying conditions, we regret the typo. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 15,514 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 3,200
Catron County: 3
Chaves County: 184
Cibola County: 253
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 267
Doña Ana County: 1,536
Eddy County: 150
Grant County: 41
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 75
Lea County: 291
Lincoln County: 25
Los Alamos County: 13
Luna County: 132
McKinley County: 3,679
Mora County: 2
Otero County: 83
Quay County: 17
Rio Arriba County: 140
Roosevelt County:81
Sandoval County: 853
San Juan County: 2,742
San Miguel County: 28
Santa Fe County: 352
Sierra County: 16
Socorro County: 65
Taos County: 59
Torrance County: 49
Union County:14
Valencia County: 198

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 7
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 458
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 171 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, there are 6,429 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 and acute care facilities:

The Adobe in Las Cruces
The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Crane’s Roost Care Home in Aztec
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
Sierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

Prior Updates

July 13, 2020 7:44 PM

The City of Las Cruces City Council and Administration endorses the actions of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) in calling for the immediate closure of the Las Cruces Walmart Store located on Rinconada Boulevard, in order to keep Las Crucens safe as they shop for essential items locally. Read the NMED statement here

During the weekend, the NMED’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau posted notice of “imminent and substantial endangerment to employees and the public” at the RinconadaBoulevard Walmart store after four employees tested positive for COVID-19.

In a News Release issued July 11, the NMED stated the test results of rapid response testing for the virus identified that four employees tested positive during a three-week time span.

The State is urging customers who visited the Las Cruces Walmart since June 22 and any other residents who believe they may have been exposed to seek testing. Testing is widely available across the state, and testing locations and times can easily be easily identified by visiting the following website:  https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html.

The City of Las Cruces would like to reiterate the importance of adhering to the Governor’s Health Order and COVID-safe practices like regular hand washing, wearing a mask, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, staying home and avoiding unnecessary travel, no mass gatherings (to include parties), covering coughs or sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects, getting tested if you feel you have symptoms or have been around those who may be infected, and self-quarantine when necessary.

July 13, 2020 5:53 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 15,291
Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 264 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
59 new cases in Bernalillo County
17 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
11 new cases in Curry County
82 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
2 new new cases in Hidalgo County
5 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Luna County
24 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
4 new cases in Taos County
6 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Monday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
A female in her 80s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a patient at Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual has no underlying conditions and was a resident of Crane’s Roost Care Home facility in Aztec.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 548.

Previously reported numbers included one case that was a duplicate in San Juan County – this has now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 15,291 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 3,134
Catron County: 3
Chaves County: 179
Cibola County: 251
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 262
Doña Ana County: 1,487
Eddy County: 144
Grant County: 35
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 74
Lea County: 285
Lincoln County: 24
Los Alamos County: 12
Luna County: 128
McKinley County: 3,657
Mora County: 3
Otero County: 79
Quay County: 16
Rio Arriba County: 139
Roosevelt County: 79
Sandoval County: 847
San Juan County: 2,731
San Miguel County: 27
Santa Fe County: 341
Sierra County: 16
Socorro County: 66
Taos County: 57
Torrance County: 49
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 192

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 7
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 458
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 172 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, there are 6,363 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 and acute care facilities:
The Adobe in Las Cruces
The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Crane’s Roost Care Home in Aztec
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
Sierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 13, 2020 5:53 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 15,291
Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 264 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
59 new cases in Bernalillo County
17 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
11 new cases in Curry County
82 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
2 new new cases in Hidalgo County
5 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Luna County
24 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
4 new cases in Taos County
6 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Monday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
A female in her 80s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a patient at Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual has no underlying conditions and was a resident of Crane’s Roost Care Home facility in Aztec.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 548.

Previously reported numbers included one case that was a duplicate in San Juan County – this has now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 15,291 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 3,134
Catron County: 3
Chaves County: 179
Cibola County: 251
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 262
Doña Ana County: 1,487
Eddy County: 144
Grant County: 35
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 74
Lea County: 285
Lincoln County: 24
Los Alamos County: 12
Luna County: 128
McKinley County: 3,657
Mora County: 3
Otero County: 79
Quay County: 16
Rio Arriba County: 139
Roosevelt County: 79
Sandoval County: 847
San Juan County: 2,731
San Miguel County: 27
Santa Fe County: 341
Sierra County: 16
Socorro County: 66
Taos County: 57
Torrance County: 49
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 192

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 7
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 458
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 172 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, there are 6,363 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 and acute care facilities:
The Adobe in Las Cruces
The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Crane’s Roost Care Home in Aztec
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
Sierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 13, 2020 5:52 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 15,291
Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 264 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
59 new cases in Bernalillo County
17 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
11 new cases in Curry County
82 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
2 new new cases in Hidalgo County
5 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Luna County
24 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
4 new cases in Taos County
6 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Monday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
A female in her 80s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a patient at Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual has no underlying conditions and was a resident of Crane’s Roost Care Home facility in Aztec.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 548.

Previously reported numbers included one case that was a duplicate in San Juan County – this has now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 15,291 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 3,134
Catron County: 3
Chaves County: 179
Cibola County: 251
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 262
Doña Ana County: 1,487
Eddy County: 144
Grant County: 35
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 74
Lea County: 285
Lincoln County: 24
Los Alamos County: 12
Luna County: 128
McKinley County: 3,657
Mora County: 3
Otero County: 79
Quay County: 16
Rio Arriba County: 139
Roosevelt County: 79
Sandoval County: 847
San Juan County: 2,731
San Miguel County: 27
Santa Fe County: 341
Sierra County: 16
Socorro County: 66
Taos County: 57
Torrance County: 49
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 192

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 7
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 458
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 172 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, there are 6,363 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 and acute care facilities:
The Adobe in Las Cruces
The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Crane’s Roost Care Home in Aztec
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
Sierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 13, 2020 1:30 PM

State re-enacts certain public health restrictions
Indoor seating at restaurants, breweries prohibited;
state parks accessible only to residents of New Mexico

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced a new public health emergency order re-enacting emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COVID-19 across the state. The public health order declaring the state's renewed public health protections is effective today, Monday, July 13th – a copy of the document is attached here.​ The order is effective through July 30.

New Mexico’s statewide cases of COVID-19 and rolling average of cases have risen and continue to rise. In the past two weeks, the state has seen 3,049 new positive cases of COVID-19, representing 20.2% of the total positive cases statewide over the course of the pandemic. These trends are similar to frightening upticks creating health care and hospital resource shortages in neighboring states and across the country.

The new public health order prohibits indoor dining at restaurants, which had been permitted at a limited capacity in the state since June 1. Also restricted is indoor seating at breweries, which had been permitted at a limited capacity since June 15.

Both restaurants and breweries may operate outdoor seating at 50 percent of the maximum occupancy as determined by fire code. Restaurants may continue to operate carry out, pickup and delivery services. Breweries may continue to operate curbside pickup services.

Additionally, gyms and other close contact businesses like tattoo shops and salons are now limited to 25 percent of the maximum occupancy as determined by the fire code.

The public health order has also been amended to restrict out-of-state visitors at New Mexico state parks. Visitors to state parks must demonstrate proof of residency or will not be permitted entry. According to New Mexico State Parks, visitors must show one of the following to demonstrate residency: a valid New Mexico license plate, New Mexico driver’s license or ID card, New Mexico vehicle registration, federal document attesting to residency, or military identification. In order to ensure compliance with the new public health order, State Parks will further modify days and hours of operation for a handful of parks due to continued visitation from out of state residents and the additional staff time needed to enforce the public health order. Visitors can check the list of state parks currently operating here.

The state’s mandate that all individuals must wear face-coverings in public – in effect since May 16 – has been strengthened to additionally require individuals to wear face-coverings while exercising. This requirement includes those exercising at indoor gyms and fitness centers. Operators of those establishments, like operators of other essential businesses, must require customers to wear face-coverings; violators will be subject to a fine.

“We knew when we began our methodical reopening process that we would be introducing risk, and to counter that risk we would all have to amend our behavior and take every individual precaution to begin to live in a COVID-positive world and sustain that process,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Unfortunately, our state’s dramatically rising case numbers reflect that those behavior modifications and precautions have either not been taken seriously or taken up by enough people. The virus has been unleashed: Too many of us are still not wearing masks. Too many of us are still congregating in groups, taking risks with our own lives and endangering the health of our family members, our neighbors and our state. This virus does not discriminate. But we know prolonged exposure without face-coverings – as is the case in high-contact indoor settings – is a significant risk factor. And if we are to safely reopen our schools this fall, if we are to prevent further illness and hospitalization and death in our state, we must eliminate as much of the risk as we can. We flattened the curve in this state once. We’ll do it again.

“I know this news is a tough pill to swallow for many New Mexicans,” the governor added. “This public health crisis has been an overwhelming challenge for all of us – not least business-owners and workers whose lives and livelihoods have been upended as this virus spreads. But as I’ve said many times throughout this pandemic: We will not wait, as a state, for the worst to occur to make the hard decisions. We will not wait for rising cases to turn into rising hospitalizations and deaths as in our neighboring states.

“I am grateful to every New Mexican who is doing everything possible to slow this virus down. What we’re learning from the increase of COVID-19 cases across the state is that it’s going to take all of us together to put this virus in its place and allow us to really be able to move on with our lives. The best way to take care of our families and our economy is to take care of each other. Please wear facemasks. Please don’t gather in large groups without them. Please keep physical distance from others, and practice those healthy habits we were raised on. Emergency public health orders aren’t about controlling lives; they’re about saving lives. Getting this virus under control means being able to reopen our businesses, getting our kids back in schools and reuniting families with their loved ones in nursing homes. We have proven we can flatten the curve once; the only way we’ll flatten it again and get back to the lives we want to lead is pulling together.”

“COVID-19 cases in New Mexico are climbing at an alarming rate. We’re seeing an increase in younger people under 30 years of age that are testing positive for the virus – it has almost tripled in rate. Young people are not invincible – the first known COVID-19 related lung transplant was performed on a patient in Chicago in her 20s,” said Human Services Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. “Her lungs became so damaged she could not survive without support from machines and received a double-lung transplant on June 5. We know that human to human contact is spreading the coronavirus therefore if you want to see our economy recover, save 33,000 lives, and protect yourself: remain vigilant. Stay at home, wash your hands, clean surfaces, cough into a tissue, everyone needs to wear a face mask in public, and maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet.”

“There has been significant community spread in our state since New Mexico opened more businesses,” said Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel, “and that spread has not been sufficiently mitigated with COVID-safe behaviors like face-coverings. Without those behaviors and strategies being uniformly adopted, the best way to reduce transmission is to reduce the opportunity for spread. We will all help each other through this.”

July 12, 2020 7:42 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 15,028
Update includes two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 262 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
111 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
32 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
11 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
20 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
4 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
17 new cases in Sandoval County
24 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
8 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 Sunday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 545.

Previously reported numbers included seven cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, six in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 15,028 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 3,076
Catron County: 3
Chaves County: 162
Cibola County: 249
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 251
Doña Ana County: 1,404
Eddy County: 140
Grant County: 33
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 72
Lea County: 280
Lincoln County: 24
Los Alamos County: 12
Luna County: 122
McKinley County: 3,634
Mora County: 3
Otero County: 77
Quay County: 16
Rio Arriba County: 139
Roosevelt County: 79
Sandoval County: 838
San Juan County: 2,711
San Miguel County: 26
Santa Fe County: 337
Sierra County: 14
Socorro County: 64
Taos County: 53
Torrance County: 49
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 186

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 7
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 458
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 170 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, there are 6,322 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 and acute care facilities:
The Adobe in Las Cruces
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Crane’s Roost Care Home in Aztec
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 10, 2020 6:08 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 14,549
Update includes six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 301 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
73 new cases in Bernalillo County
7 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
8 new cases in Curry County
44 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
8 new cases in Hidalgo County
32 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Luna County
33 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
5 new cases in Otero County
8 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
11 new cases in Sandoval County
31 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
20 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
7 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Friday reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Camino Healthcare facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 70s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield.
A second male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 539.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Doña Ana County that has been identified as a duplicate and two cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 14,549 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,886
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 158
Cibola County: 245
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 235
Doña Ana County: 1,350
Eddy County: 125
Grant County: 30
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 72
Lea County: 262
Lincoln County: 19
Los Alamos County: 11
Luna County: 115
McKinley County: 3,600
Mora County: 1
Otero County: 72
Quay County: 12
Rio Arriba County: 136
Roosevelt County: 78
Sandoval County: 813
San Juan County: 2,659
San Miguel County: 25
Santa Fe County: 322
Sierra County: 14
Socorro County: 62
Taos County: 51
Torrance County: 47
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 175

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 457
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 151 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, there are 6,181 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 and acute care facilities:
The Adobe in Las Cruces
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Crane’s Roost Care Home in Aztec
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 9, 2020 5:24 PM

State to re-enact certain public health restrictions
Indoor seating at restaurants, breweries prohibited;
state parks accessible only to residents of New Mexico

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the state of New Mexico will re-enact emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COVID-19 across the state.

A new emergency public health order declaring the state’s renewed public health protections will be effective Monday, July 13.

New Mexico’s statewide cases of COVID-19 and rolling average of cases have risen and continue to rise. In the past two weeks, the state has seen 3,068 new positive cases of COVID-19, representing 21.5% of the total positive cases statewide over the course of the pandemic. These trends are similar to frightening upticks creating health care and hospital resource shortages in neighboring states and across the country.

The new public health order will prohibit indoor dining at restaurants, which had been permitted at a limited capacity in the state since June 1. Also restricted will be indoor seating at breweries, which had been permitted at a limited capacity since June 15.

Both restaurants and breweries may operate outdoor seating at 50 percent of the maximum occupancy as determined by fire code. Restaurants may continue to operate carry out, pickup and delivery services. Breweries may continue to operate curbside pickup services.

The public health order will also be amended to restrict out-of-state visitors at New Mexico state parks. Visitors to state parks must demonstrate proof of residency or will not be permitted entry. According to New Mexico State Parks, visitors must show one of the following to demonstrate residency: a valid New Mexico license plate, New Mexico driver’s license or ID card, New Mexico vehicle registration, federal document attesting to residency, or military identification. In order to ensure compliance with the new public health order, State Parks will further modify days and hours of operation for a handful of parks due to continued visitation from out of state residents and the additional staff time needed to enforce the public health order. Visitors can check the list of state parks currently operating here.

The state’s mandate that all individuals must wear face-coverings in public – in effect since May 16 – will be strengthened to additionally require individuals to wear face-coverings while exercising. This requirement includes those exercising at indoor gyms and fitness centers. Operators of those establishments, like operators of other essential businesses, must require customers to wear face-coverings; violators will be subject to a fine.

“We knew when we began our methodical reopening process that we would be introducing risk, and to counter that risk we would all have to amend our behavior and take every individual precaution to begin to live in a COVID-positive world and sustain that process,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Unfortunately, our state’s dramatically rising case numbers reflect that those behavior modifications and precautions have either not been taken seriously or taken up by enough people. The virus has been unleashed: Too many of us are still not wearing masks. Too many of us are still congregating in groups, taking risks with our own lives and endangering the health of our family members, our neighbors and our state. This virus does not discriminate. But we know prolonged exposure without face-coverings – as is the case in high-contact indoor settings – is a significant risk factor. And if we are to safely reopen our schools this fall, if we are to prevent further illness and hospitalization and death in our state, we must eliminate as much of the risk as we can. We flattened the curve in this state once. We’ll do it again.

“I know this news is a tough pill to swallow for many New Mexicans,” the governor added. “This public health crisis has been an overwhelming challenge for all of us – not least business-owners and workers whose lives and livelihoods have been upended as this virus spreads. But as I’ve said many times throughout this pandemic: We will not wait, as a state, for the worst to occur to make the hard decisions. We will not wait for rising cases to turn into rising hospitalizations and deaths as in our neighboring states.

“I am grateful to every New Mexican who is doing everything possible to slow this virus down. What we’re learning from the increase of COVID-19 cases across the state is that it’s going to take all of us together to put this virus in its place and allow us to really be able to move on with our lives. The best way to take care of our families and our economy is to take care of each other. Please wear facemasks. Please don’t gather in large groups without them. Please keep physical distance from others, and practice those healthy habits we were raised on. Emergency public health orders aren’t about controlling lives; they’re about saving lives. Getting this virus under control means being able to reopen our businesses, getting our kids back in schools and reuniting families with their loved ones in nursing homes. We have proven we can flatten the curve once; the only way we’ll flatten it again and get back to the lives we want to lead is pulling together.”

“COVID-19 cases in New Mexico are climbing at an alarming rate. We’re seeing an increase in younger people under 30 years of age that are testing positive for the virus – it has almost tripled in rate. Young people are not invincible – the first known COVID-19 related lung transplant was performed on a patient in Chicago in her 20s,” said Human Services Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. “Her lungs became so damaged she could not survive without support from machines and received a double-lung transplant on June 5. We know that human to human contact is spreading the coronavirus therefore if you want to see our economy recover, save 33,000 lives, and protect yourself: remain vigilant. Stay at home, wash your hands, clean surfaces, cough into a tissue, everyone needs to wear a face mask in public, and maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet.”

“There has been significant community spread in our state since New Mexico opened more businesses,” said Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel, “and that spread has not been sufficiently mitigated with COVID-safe behaviors like face-coverings. Without those behaviors and strategies being uniformly adopted, the best way to reduce transmission is to reduce the opportunity for spread. We will all help each other through this.”

July 9, 2020 5:20 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 238 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

97 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
20 new cases in Curry County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
6 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
7 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
20 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Quay County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
17 new cases in San Juan County
11 new cases Sandoval County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
6 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 Thursday reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:

A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 70s from Curry County.
A female in her 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 30s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 533.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County) and two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in Santa Fe County, one in Valencia County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 14,251 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,816

Catron County: 2

Chaves County: 151

Cibola County: 244

Colfax County: 9

Curry County: 227

Doña Ana County: 1,306

Eddy County: 122

Grant County: 29

Guadalupe County: 20

Harding County: 1

Hidalgo County: 64

Lea County: 230

Lincoln County: 18

Los Alamos County: 11

Luna County: 113

McKinley County: 3,567

Otero County: 67

Quay County: 12

Rio Arriba County: 128

Roosevelt County: 76

Sandoval County: 802

San Juan County: 2,628

San Miguel County: 23

Santa Fe County: 302

Sierra County: 14

Socorro County: 61

Taos County: 51

Torrance County: 47

Union County: 8

Valencia County: 168

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 457
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 154 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, there are 6,118 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 9, 2020 11:04 AM

Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County
575-525-5801 • catherinez@donaanacounty.org

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a weekly conference call at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County.) as of 7/7/2020 11:30 a.m.:


Currently in Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 62 112 50




COVID Patient Hospitalization


POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 13





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 12 84 72




Regional updates:

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager Chief Ordonez asked about enforcement of the ordinance to mandate wearing of masks and suggested that law enforcement across the county get together to coordinate how that will look. Nothing new to report.

www.cityofanthonynm.com

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov No report.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org At Monday’s city council meeting the council voted unanimously to extend the use of face masks as long as the Governor’s order is in place. Parks and recreation’s updates are included. http://las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3113 http://las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3102

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org No report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net · Finalizing Return Plan. · Special Board meeting on the 14th to present the Return Plan to the Board. · www.returnplan.lcps.net

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org The Government Center remains closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org No report.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention No report.

Village of Hatch Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD www.villageofhatch.org Nothing new to report. Questions about enforcement of wearing of masks.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org No report.

MountainView Regional Medical

Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com No report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu As we prepare for our return to campus in a little over six short weeks, we’re keenly aware that the COVID-19 pandemic is not the only crisis that the NMSU system, our Aggie community, and our world are facing. In addition to this health emergency, we are experiencing a global economic crisis, as well as a movement for true change to address the racism and inequity experienced by people of color in our society. It was in the context of this third crisis that we heard from a Black member of our Aggie community who felt that our NMSU Ready plan didn’t do enough to make them feel included. Our opening letter called out our status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution – a designation from the U.S. Department of Education that we are proud to have earned. But this individual correctly pointed out that any statement about our inclusive community should make students and employees of all backgrounds feel seen and included.

Adding “Minority-Serving Institution” – a broader way to define our Department of Education designation – to our letter is a small change, but words matter. Representation matters. We want all of our students and our employees to know that they belong to our NMSU community, and our mission is to serve them all. #NMSUReady plan updates for July 7 In response to feedback, planning, and new information, we’ve uploaded another update to the NMSU Ready plan, available now on the ready.nmsu.edu site. You’ll find a table on page 4 that tracks previous changes and additions. Here are the key updates this week: · We added language to clarify that the NMSU system is both a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution (p. 2). · We added information about personal accountability and COVID-19 (p. 6). · We added details about how the NMSU system plans to respond to a surge in COVID-19 cases (p. 9). · We added clarification on how students are encouraged to report a positive test for COVID-19 (p. 17). Town Hall coming up Thursday President John Floros and I, along with members of our Rapid Response Team, will host a virtual town hall at 3 p.m. this Thursday. We’ll start with updates about the NMSU Ready plan and our return to campus. President Floros will then provide a detailed update about changes to our budget. You are welcome to submit your questions in advance of the session. Tune in to watch on Zoom or Panopto. You can also catch up on previous town halls, including transcriptions, here.

Signs and Informational Posters In addition to temporary signage being installed by Facilities & Services, we’ve created some printable informational posters that now available for download at ready.nmsu.edu. These include information about our NMSU rules and expectations regarding face coverings, social distancing, behavior in classrooms and between classes, and more. We’ll continue to add new signs in the coming weeks, outlining NMSU’s COVID-19 Safety Commitment, a checklist for daily self-monitoring, and other important topics.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com Nothing new to report.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency Nothing new to report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional

Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-

new-mexico-correctional-facility/ No report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term

Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us Nothing new to report.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch

Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org No report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org Testing Sites for 7-8-20: Blue Horizon Assisted Living Casa Bella Assisted Living Public Health Office

July 8, 2020 5:00 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 14,017
Update includes eight additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 290 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
99 new cases in Bernalillo County
14 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
6 new cases in Curry County
53 new cases in Doña Ana County
9 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
12 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
23 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
5 new cases in Rio Arriba County
16 new cases in Sandoval County
18 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Valencia County
5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
A male in his 50s from Bernalillo County.
A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 527.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 14,017 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,717
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 147
Cibola County: 243
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 207
Doña Ana County: 1,285
Eddy County: 116
Grant County: 27
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 62
Lea County: 223
Lincoln County: 16
Los Alamos County: 11
Luna County: 113
McKinley County: 3,548
Otero County: 65
Quay County: 9
Rio Arriba County: 124
Roosevelt County: 74
Sandoval County: 793
San Juan County: 2,612
San Miguel County: 23
Santa Fe County: 293
Sierra County: 14
Socorro County: 61
Taos County: 51
Torrance County: 47
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 163

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 456
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 154 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, there are 6,051 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 7, 2020 9:58 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 13,727
Update includes four additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 221 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
88 new cases in Bernalillo County
6 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
24 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
8 new cases in Luna County
12 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
9 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 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 Tuesday reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 519.

Previously reported numbers included one case in McKinley County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident and has now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 13,727 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,618
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 133
Cibola County: 242
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 201
Doña Ana County: 1,233
Eddy County: 107
Grant County: 24
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 61
Lea County: 211
Lincoln County: 14
Los Alamos County: 11
Luna County: 112
McKinley County: 3,525
Otero County: 63
Quay County: 8
Rio Arriba County: 119
Roosevelt County: 74
Sandoval County: 776
San Juan County: 2,594
San Miguel County: 23
Santa Fe County: 283
Sierra County: 14
Socorro County: 61
Taos County: 49
Torrance County: 48
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 155

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 451
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 133 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, there are 5,986 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Juan Tabo Place in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 7, 2020 9:54 PM

Gov. Lujan Grisham signs measure to help
small businesses recover from COVID-19

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday delivered hundreds of millions of dollars for low-interest, low-risk loans to help small New Mexico businesses recover financially from COVID-19.

The Small Business Recovery Act of 2020 allocates $400 million from the state’s $5 billion Severance Tax Permanent Fund for loans to small New Mexico businesses and nonprofits and almost $50 million for loans to local governments.

Eligible businesses and nonprofits may borrow two times their average monthly expenses up to a maximum of $75,000. The measure sets the interest rate at one-half the prime rate on the day the loan is made. The initial loan period is three years.

“Small businesses are the backbone of New Mexico’s economy and the lifeblood of our communities. They’ve suffered greatly from this unprecedented pandemic emergency, and our state and our economy suffer with them,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I will fight for small businesses and their recovery every single day and this measure, putting our state’s wealth to work in getting them back on their feet, is a significant step in the right direction.”

The loan program is limited to businesses and nonprofits with 2019 annual gross revenue of less than $5 million and whose April or May income dropped 30 percent or more compared to the same month in 2019.

For a local government to be eligible, it must have experienced at least a 10 percent decline in operating revenue in fiscal year 2020 due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus disease.

The New Mexico Finance Authority will administer the program.

The legislation also freezes employer contribution rates to the unemployment compensation trust fund through December 31, 2021, stopping expected increases that would have taken effect next year.

The legislation, sponsored by Sens. John Sapien, Jacob Candelaria and Sander Rue and Reps. Marian Matthews and Daymon Ely, passed the Senate 26-11 and the House 59-5 during June’s special legislative session.

“I commend the governor and the state legislators for actively helping small businesses with a very needed relief aid package at this difficult time,” said Theresa A. Carson, president and CEO of the African American Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. “This could be the lifeline for many small businesses to get them through this pandemic.”

“The COVID-19 Pandemic has hurt small businesses and disproportionately affected Hispanic and minority-owned businesses here in New Mexico,” said Ernie C'deBaca, president and CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. “Many of these businesses did not receive the funding from federal programs that they needed in order to operate. The $400 million of low-interest loans provided by the Small Business Recovery Act of 2020 is a significant step to help small and minority-owned businesses in New Mexico get back on their feet as we reopen the economy.”

“SB3 stands for the simple idea that the greatest asset in New Mexico’s economic recovery is our people, and the businesses owned by our friends and family,” Sen. Candelaria said. “Difficult economic times lay ahead there can be no doubt. SB3 ensures that our state will be there to lend a stabilizing and supportive hand, using funds endowed by New Mexicans for New Mexicans at the time of their greatest need. The loan program this bill creates is a first of its kind in state history and represents the commitment this governor and this Legislature have to charting the course of New Mexico’s economic recovery for the better.”

“Big challenges require big responses. This may be the biggest stimulus New Mexico has ever passed, but we’re facing a huge economic upheaval,” Rep. Matthews said. “Some 170,000 New Mexicans are receiving unemployment. Our almost 200,000 small businesses, including thousands of mom-and-pop shops, are facing incredible challenges through no fault of their own. The Small Business Recovery Act is a lifeline to our small business community, and an investment in rebuilding our economy and providing jobs for hardworking New Mexicans. It reflects our faith in our people and our future and a commitment to moving forward.”

July 7, 2020 9:25 AM

New Mexico travel restrictions in effect

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico is under a mandatory health advisory issued by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone crossing a border into the state must adhere to the New Mexico public health travel restrictions as outlined in Executive Order 2020-054, seen here, until further notice.

Be aware: Businesses and law enforcement agencies are strictly enforcing the following restrictions for in and out of state travelers.

Below you will find some frequently asked questions and answers.

Are the borders closed in New Mexico?

No. The surrounding borders are not closed. State roads remain open.

Will travelers with out of state plates be stopped by law enforcement or turned away at the borders?

No. Unless law enforcement has reason to believe you are breaking the law or not adhering to the health advisory, you will not be stopped or forced to leave the state.

Does everyone in New Mexico have to wear a mask?

Yes. Mask-wearing is mandatory in public for all individuals over the age of two, except when eating, drinking or exercising.

Is there a punishment if I choose not to wear a mask?

Yes. If caught without a mask in public, you are subject to a $100 fine.

What if I live in New Mexico and I want to travel out of state? Do I have to self-quarantine when I return?

The mandatory health advisory is very clear. If you cross over the borders of New Mexico, you must self-quarantine for 14 days when you return home.

Are there any exceptions to the quarantine order?
Yes. Persons who are employed or contracted by an essential business traveling into the state to conduct business activities, persons employed by airlines, those performing public safety or public health functions, military personnel, federal employees, those employed by a federal agency or national defense contractor, emergency first responders, health care workers, those arriving in the state pursuant to a court order do not have to quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their time in the state, whichever is shorter, though all should follow COVID-safe best practices: Wear a face-covering in public and keep physical distance from others and limit travel outside of the home or place of lodging to only the essentials.

What if I take my family camping in a different state and we spend our time outdoors, away from other people, adhering to social distancing? Do we all have to self-quarantine when we return?

Yes. Even if you spend time outdoors, wearing masks and social distancing in another state, you must self-quarantine when you return to New Mexico for 14 days.

Do out of state visitors have to self-quarantine even if they own a home in New Mexico?

Yes. If visitors or part-time residents plan to stay in New Mexico longer than two weeks for any reason, you must self-quarantine for the first 14 days when coming in from another state.

If you are staying in New Mexico for fewer than two weeks, you also must self-quarantine for the duration of your stay or up to 14 days, whichever is shorter. (For example, if you plan to stay at a hotel for two nights before leaving the state, you must self-quarantine for the duration of your stay.)

Does that apply to people in RV’s as well?

Yes. Travelers must self-quarantine wherever they are staying.

What if travelers are simply passing through New Mexico to get to another destination in a different state?

This is not a time to shop for souvenirs, visit state parks or sightsee. Please recognize that if you are traveling amid a global pandemic you are bringing the risk of a highly contagious and lethal virus with you and taking it with you as you go. You must wear a face-covering if you are in public while in the state. Please limit your activities to only the essentials.

What if I’m a trucker and have to make deliveries in New Mexico?

Most trucking services fall under the logistical transporting functions incorporated in the essential businesses of the state’s operative emergency public health order and are exempt from the quarantine requirement. But all visitors in the state are still required to wear face-coverings and follow COVID-safe best practices.

The NMDOT sincerely appreciates your cooperation.

July 6, 2020 4:11 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 13,507
Update includes two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 253 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
60 new cases in Bernalillo County
6 new cases in Chaves County
8 new cases in Cibola County
6 new cases in Curry County
85 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
17 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
3 new cases in Luna County
12 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
18 new cases in San Juan County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
5 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Monday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 70s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 515.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Doña Ana County, one in Eddy County) – those have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 13,507 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,531
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 127
Cibola County: 241
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 199
Doña Ana County: 1,211
Eddy County: 104
Grant County: 24
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 60
Lea County: 204
Lincoln County: 14
Los Alamos County: 9
Luna County: 104
McKinley County: 3,514
Otero County: 60
Quay County: 7
Rio Arriba County: 110
Roosevelt County: 72
Sandoval County: 769
San Juan County: 2,560
San Miguel County: 22
Santa Fe County: 275
Sierra County: 14
Socorro County: 61
Taos County: 49
Torrance County: 48
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 151

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 450
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 129 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, there are 5,902 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 5, 2020 5:11 PM

Special City Council Meeting on Monday to Discuss Extending the Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation on Face Coverings

Las Cruces City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, July 6, immediately following the regularly scheduled Council Meeting at 1 p.m. Council will discuss a resolution to extend the Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation 2020-05 (read here) related to the requiring of wearing face coverings by both patrons and employees when appropriate social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained between individuals of the business inside the City limits of Las Cruces.

As part of the Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation, business owners who violate this proclamation will face a $100 fine for every individual within the place of business found not to be wearing an appropriate face covering, but fines shall not exceed $500 per occurrence.

The Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation is set to expire Monday July 6. The Council can vote to extend for such additional periods of time as determined necessary by City Council.

On March 27, City Council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro-tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.

The special Council meeting will be conducted via video conference, televised on CLC-TV Comcast channel 20, online at CLCTV.com, and at YouTube.com/clctv20.

The health, safety and well-being of Las Cruces residents and businesses remains a top priority for City Council and the leadership in Las Cruces.

In an effort to seek public input through video conferences, City Council asks residents who may have comments, concerns, or questions for any regularly scheduled or special council meeting or work session to please e-mail their City Councilor as follows:

District 1 – Councilor Kasandra A. Gandara at: kgandara@las-cruces.org
District 2 – Councilor Tessa Abeyta-Stuve at: tstuve@las-cruces.org
District 3 – Councilor Gabriel Vasquez at: gvasquez@las-cruces.org
District 4 – Councilor Johana Bencomo at: jbencomo@las-cruces.org
District 5 – Councilor Gill M. Sorg at: gsorg@las-cruces.org
District 6 – Councilor Yvonne M. Flores at: yflores@las-cruces.org
Mayor Ken Miyagishima at: mayor@las-cruces.org

July 5, 2020 5:09 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 13,256

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 203 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
65 new cases in Bernalillo County
8 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
3 new cases in Curry County
38 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
15 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Luna County
20 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
1 new case in Sandoval County
28 new cases in San Juan County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Sunday reported no additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 513.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, one in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County); one case in San Juan County that was not lab confirmed; and five cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, four in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 13,256 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,471
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 120
Cibola County: 233
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 193
Doña Ana County: 1,128
Eddy County: 103
Grant County: 24
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 59
Lea County: 187
Lincoln County: 13
Los Alamos County: 8
Luna County: 101
McKinley County: 3,502
Otero County: 58
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 106
Roosevelt County: 71
Sandoval County: 761
San Juan County: 2,542
San Miguel County: 22
Santa Fe County: 267
Sierra County: 14
Socorro County: 60
Taos County: 48
Torrance County: 48
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 146

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 448
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 119 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, there are 5,860 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 5, 2020 12:28 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 13,063
Update includes two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 291 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
79 new cases in Bernalillo County
8 new cases in Chaves County
10 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
56 new cases in Doña Ana County
10 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
4 new cases in Hidalgo County
25 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Luna County
34 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
2 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
4 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 Saturday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 513.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County); one case in Chaves County that was not lab confirmed; and one case in Rio Arriba County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 13,063 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,410
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 112
Cibola County: 231
Colfax County: 10
Curry County: 190
Doña Ana County: 1,094
Eddy County: 102
Grant County: 22
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 58
Lea County: 172
Lincoln County: 13
Los Alamos County: 8
Luna County: 97
McKinley County: 3,483
Otero County: 58
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 106
Roosevelt County: 70
Sandoval County: 761
San Juan County: 2,515
San Miguel County: 22
Santa Fe County: 259
Sierra County: 14
Socorro County: 60
Taos County: 48
Torrance County: 46
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 140

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 448
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 121 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, there are 5,845 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 3, 2020 8:30 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 12,776
Update includes eight additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 257 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
55 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
40 new cases in Doña Ana County
8 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
5 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
11 new cases in Luna County
42 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Roosevelt County
12 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Taos County
4 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
11 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility
The Department of Health on Friday reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County. The individual was a resident of the Jim Wood Home in Hatch.
A male in his 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and was being held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 511.

Previously reported numbers included one case in San Juan County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident – this has now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 12,776 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,331
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 105
Cibola County: 221
Colfax County: 10
Curry County: 186
Doña Ana County: 1,039
Eddy County: 92
Grant County: 21
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 54
Lea County: 147
Lincoln County: 13
Los Alamos County: 8
Luna County: 93
McKinley County: 3,450
Otero County: 51
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 106
Roosevelt County: 68
Sandoval County: 753
San Juan County: 2,494
San Miguel County: 22
Santa Fe County: 253
Sierra County: 13
Socorro County: 60
Taos County: 46
Torrance County: 43
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 136

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 149
Torrance County Detention Facility: 43
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 447
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 130 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, there are 5,802 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 2, 2020 10:30 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 12,520
Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 248 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
97 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
19 new cases in Curry County
42 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
5 new cases in Hidalgo County
8 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Luna County
14 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
12 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
9 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
8 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 three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Camino Healthcare facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 503.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (one in McKinley County, two in Santa Fe County) and one case in Curry County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 12,520 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,277
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 100
Cibola County: 214
Colfax County: 10
Curry County: 182
Doña Ana County: 999
Eddy County: 84
Grant County: 20
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 54
Lea County: 142
Lincoln County: 12
Los Alamos County: 8
Luna County: 82
McKinley County: 3,408
Otero County: 44
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 105
Roosevelt County: 62
Sandoval County: 740
San Juan County: 2,472
San Miguel County: 22
Santa Fe County: 246
Sierra County: 13
Socorro County: 60
Taos County: 43
Torrance County: 43
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 132

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 148
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 444
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 127 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, there are 5,627 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

July 2, 2020 2:56 PM

The New Mexico Department of Health will provide drive up screening for the COVID-19 virus on Friday, July 3rd at the Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Drive from 7 - 10 a.m.

Residents are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 575-528-5063. Staff can accept those without an appointment - but only while supplies last.

Testing is available to New Mexico residents regardless if they have COVID-19 symptoms or not. Residents, however, should particularly consider being tested if they have any combination of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

All testing is still FREE OF CHARGE to anyone getting the test, and anyone can get tested, whether they have insurance or not.

For more information about the testing event, contact the Portales Public Health Office at 575-356-4453.

In addition, New Mexicans can continue to call with health-related questions to the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

July 1, 2020 4:34 PM

State extends emergency public health order
Gov. issues severe warning about rising cases, transmission rate;
New Mexico at risk of re-enacting public health restrictions

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday extended the state’s emergency public health order through July 15 and issued a severe warning about the risk of New Mexico being forced to re-enact more severe public health restrictions in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

Reflecting the rising case count and COVID-19 transmission rate in all regions of the state, the state’s amended emergency public health order does not enact any additional easings of public health restrictions intended to mitigate the spread of the virus. The governor and state health officials signaled last week that “Phase Two” of the state’s reopening would be on hold until public health conditions warrant further relaxations of restrictions and the state’s gating criteria could once again be met.

The governor at a news conference warned New Mexicans that the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico and beyond – with visitors continuing to come into the state and New Mexicans traveling and returning without adherence to the state’s public health requirements and advisories – presents the possibility that the state will this month be forced to reinstitute certain business closures to protect the health and safety of residents as well as the state’s health care capacity.

State officials expressed concern about rising positivity among younger cohorts of New Mexicans. This week the largest group of news cases is among individuals in the 20-to-29-year-old age group (27 percent of new cases), according to the Department of Health, and over the past seven days, the second-highest group of new cases is among individuals from age 30-to-39 (19.9 percent of new cases).

New Mexicans are once again urged to restrict travel outside of the home to the bare minimum. In order to underscore the importance of wearing face-coverings for all emergent and necessary travel outside of the home, the governor announced that the state will aggressively enforce the mandatory face-covering requirement for all residents in public places. In accordance with state law, violators will be subject to a $100 fine. In addition, retailers will now be required to ensure that their customers are wearing face coverings in order to enter store premises.

COVID-19 cases are rising precipitously in neighboring states and indeed across the U.S. Therefore the governor today announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all out-of-state travelers into New Mexico, whether traveling by air or by vehicle. Hotels and other places of lodging are expected to enforce the 14-day travel quarantine for any out-of-state visitors and report non-compliance to state health authorities. That executive order is attached.

With the Fourth of July set for this weekend, the governor and state health officials once again urged New Mexicans to avoid all public gatherings and celebrate the holiday from home, in a safe and physically distant manner. Anything less – including attending parades organized by some municipalities across the state – presents an urgent risk to public health and represents a violation of the state public health order, which is punishable by a monetary fine.

“I want to be as clear as I can possibly be: New Mexico, in this moment, still has the power to change the terrible trajectory of this virus,” the governor said. “But our time is limited. And we are staring down the barrel of what Texas, Arizona and many other hard-hit states are grappling with.

“I want absolutely nothing less than to move backward, to re-enact restrictions on certain activities, but I am prepared to do it to protect the health and safety of New Mexicans. Indeed we all must be prepared for the potential reality of once again adjusting our lives and livelihoods to protect ourselves and our communities and our state from this heinous virus. COVID-19 hasn’t gone anywhere. We can either choose, all together, to wear face-coverings and keep physical distance from others and protect our state from this virus and move forward in a COVID-positive world – or we can become the next Texas or Arizona. I know which option I choose, and the actions of my administration in enforcing COVID-Safe Practices will unequivocally reflect that.

“Let me be clear again: Based on what we know about how this virus spreads and incubates, we expect our recent uptick in cases to continue. But we will know – if New Mexicans adhere to public health restrictions, if New Mexicans stay home to the greatest extent possible, if New Mexicans wear face-coverings – that we are once again headed in the right direction if and when we see our cases and transmission rate stabilize in the coming weeks. I am optimistic New Mexicans will heed this warning and get us to that place. But if we do not see that, if too many New Mexicans and out-of-state visitors use this upcoming holiday weekend as an opportunity to partake in dangerous congregating behavior, we will not hesitate to re-enact some public health restrictions, and we will be moving backward in our fight against this virus, point blank.”

“The scientific data is very concerning, new cases of coronavirus are spiking up and the virus has the ability to be transmitted even from people with no symptoms, which has made it extremely difficult to manage from a public health perspective,” said New Mexico Human Services Department Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. “Until we have a vaccine that can be widely applied and provide immunity, most of us are still at risk. This is not the time to relax. New Mexicans need to take sensible measures and not let their guard down. The virus hasn’t changed: stay at home as much as you can, wear a face mask, maintain 6 feet of social distancing when in public and wash your hands often.”

The amended public health order is attached to this news release.

July 1, 2020 4:25 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 12,276
Update includes three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 130 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
38 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in Curry County
9 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
2 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Luna County
17 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
38 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Union County
3 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a patient at the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 500.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Doña Ana County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident – this has now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 12,276 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,178
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 95
Cibola County: 212
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 165
Doña Ana County: 957
Eddy County: 82
Grant County: 19
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 49
Lea County: 134
Lincoln County: 11
Los Alamos County: 8
Luna County: 80
McKinley County: 3,395
Otero County: 43
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 101
Roosevelt County: 59
Sandoval County: 731
San Juan County: 2,460
San Miguel County: 21
Santa Fe County: 240
Sierra County: 12
Socorro County: 60
Taos County: 43
Torrance County: 43
Union County: 8
Valencia County: 124

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 147
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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: 6
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 444
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 127 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, there are 5,514 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 30, 2020 8:51 PM

TOMORROW: Governor, health officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1 to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and the existing public health order.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 effort
WHEN: Wednesday, July 1, 3:30 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

June 30, 2020 8:50 PM

Measure stabilizes state finances amid revenue shortfall

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday authorized an amended Fiscal Year 2021 state budget, using her line-item veto authority to restore legislative cuts to public education and other areas while employing state reserves, spending reductions and federal monies to patch a revenue shortfall caused by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor, in signing House Bill 1, vetoed more than $30 million in budget cuts, restoring funding that had been slated for reduction for public school support, culturally and linguistically relevant instructional materials, the Opportunity Scholarship and more.

The revised budget for fiscal year 2021, which begins Wednesday, totals $7.22 million, down from the $7.6 billion plan approved in February. Overall, recurring general fund appropriations were reduced by roughly $415 million for Fiscal Year 2021; non-recurring general fund appropriations were reduced by roughly $102 million in Fiscal Year 2020 and $184 million in Fiscal Year 2021.

State reserves in the new budget stand at 11.3 percent.

“My administration has from day one emphasized the importance of expanding the state’s reserves; I am glad to have done that work on the front end because it has given us needed flexibility as we move forward,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “In our fiscal approach, the ultimate goal will always be a responsible and responsive budget and a state government that meets New Mexicans directly where their needs are.”

The governor enabled the use of $750 million from the federal CARES Act for revenue backfill. The governor also announced her decision to allocate funding from the federal legislation in order to provide $140 million for COVID-19 direct expenditures in the state, $150 million for city and county grants and $28 million for tribal government grants.

Though the governor advocated for retaining a greater percentage of pay increases for educators, after approving the budget bill sent to her by the Legislature, educators will receive 1 percent pay raises.

House Bill 1 authorizes the Department of Finance and Administration to reduce state agency budgets an additional 2 percent if general fund revenues are insufficient.

“Given the crisis that has enveloped us and the hard decisions that have had to be made, I’m proud that we have prudently, wisely used all our resources to maintain our forward trajectory, especially for education, while also keeping a clear eye on the future,” the governor said. “These are difficult decisions to make, and again, I congratulate the Legislature for its diligent work amid unprecedented conditions on behalf of New Mexicans. This budget includes hundreds of millions in investments in small businesses and local governments and economies and preserves much of the essential progress we have begun to make in our public education system as we begin to navigate a new global economic reality.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused countless hardships all across our state, and our state finances are no exception” the governor said. “Let me be clear: The work of rebuilding our state economy has only begun. We face another serious shortfall next year, but we will not be deterred from our work building a more robust and inclusive economy than ever before as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with everything we’ve got.

“I want New Mexicans to know: We have heard you, and this state will invest in you and deliver for you throughout this crisis, throughout the recovery process and into the bright future we will build together on the other side.”

June 30, 2020 8:47 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 12,147
Update includes four additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 168 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
36 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
10 new cases in Curry County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
19 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
28 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
17 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Valencia County
5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the BeeHive Homes facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 497.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Bernalillo County that has been identified as a duplicate; one case in Bernalillo County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident; and one case in Sierra County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 12,147 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,143
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 94
Cibola County: 212
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 163
Doña Ana County: 949
Eddy County: 80
Grant County: 18
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 49
Lea County: 132
Lincoln County: 11
Los Alamos County: 8
Luna County: 79
McKinley County: 3,375
Otero County: 42
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 98
Roosevelt County: 59
Sandoval County: 728
San Juan County: 2,422
San Miguel County: 21
Santa Fe County: 237
Sierra County: 11
Socorro County: 60
Taos County: 42
Torrance County: 43
Union County: 7
Valencia County: 121

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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: 5
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 443
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 127 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, there are 5,393 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 29, 2020 4:08 PM

Gov. signs bipartisan tax bill
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday signed into law a significant relief and support measure for individuals, businesses and local governments under financial strain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
House Bill 6 includes three areas of relief.
First, the bill temporarily waives interest and penalties on late tax payments so that individuals and businesses that have been unable to make timely payments will not fall further into tax debt. Taxpayers must still file their tax returns timely, but payment may follow at later date.
“The financial pain caused by COVID-19 is real. This bill will help New Mexicans who through no fault of their own were unable to pay their taxes on time,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “It will help local governments, and it will help small businesses, all of whom have been suffering the dreadful effects of this pandemic. I have said all along through this crisis: New Mexico will deliver for its people, for its workers, and for its families. And we will continue that work every single day, fighting to keep New Mexicans safe and to make them whole and see our state through this crisis.”
Penalty and interest waivers are available as follows:
Tax Program
Taxes Due these Dates Are Eligible for Penalty and Interest Relief
Deadline to File Tax Returns to Avoid Late Filing Penalty
Deadline to Pay in Full to Qualify for Relief
Personal Income Tax and Corporate Income Tax
April 15, 2020 – July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020
April 15, 2021
Withholding Tax
March 25, 2020 – July 25, 2020
July 25, 2020
April 25, 2021
Gross Receipts Tax/Compensating Tax
March 25, 2020 – July 25, 2020
Original due dates
April 25, 2021
Property Tax
April 10, 2020 – May 10, 2020
N/A
May 10, 2021
Second, the bill doubles state gross receipts tax distributions from online sales that municipalities and counties will receive in the coming fiscal year from $24 to $48 million. The distributions will be divided among counties and municipalities based on population.
The state began taxing internet sales on July 1, 2019, but local option taxes will not take effect on internet sales until July 1, 2021. In the meantime, these distributions allow local governments to share in the revenue from internet sales taxation.
The distributions may revert to the lower level if the federal government provides additional aid to local governments during the fiscal year.
“This bill will provide relief to cities and counties around New Mexico whose budgets have been hard hit by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and that aren’t sharing in the revenues from increased online shopping,” said Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke.
Third, the bill exempts federal CARES Act payments to certain New Mexico health care providers from gross receipts taxes so that more of that funding can be used for direct services to New Mexicans in need of healthcare.
The bill also includes a technical change so that New Mexico’s treatment of corporate net operating losses will continue to follow the federal treatment prior to the CARES Act.
“The sudden and drastic economic turn caused by the pandemic hit a lot of New Mexicans hard,” said Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, a bill sponsor. “The relief offered through this bill will give taxpayers an additional year to recover financially without having to worry about tax penalties and interest. And, given the massive fiscal hits to our local governments, distributing an additional $24 million to our cities and counties from internet sales is critical relief to help avoid massive cuts and layoffs.”
“One of the most effective ways state government can support New Mexicans and local businesses struggling amid the pandemic is to provide them the flexibility they need,” said Rep. Christine Chandler, a co-sponsor. “With this bill we’ve taken a creative approach to provide that flexibility and support, helping hardworking New Mexicans get through this extremely challenging time. I want to thank the governor for her leadership and for signing this important bill today.”

June 29, 2020 3:42 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 11,982
Update includes one additional COVID-19 death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 173 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
45 new cases in Bernalillo County
6 new cases in Chaves County
11 new cases in Curry County
35 new cases in Doña Ana County
9 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Hidalgo County
6 new cases in Lea County
4 new cases in Luna County
11 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
13 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
11 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19. The case is:
​A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 493.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Doña Ana County that has been identified as a duplicate – this has now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case in Lea County that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been determined to be a New Mexico resident and has been added to Lea County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 11,982 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,109
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 89
Cibola County: 211
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 153
Doña Ana County: 929
Eddy County: 78
Grant County: 18
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 49
Lea County: 113
Lincoln County: 11
Los Alamos County: 8
Luna County: 77
McKinley County: 3,347
Otero County: 41
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 96
Roosevelt County: 57
Sandoval County: 720
San Juan County: 2,405
San Miguel County: 21
Santa Fe County: 234
Sierra County: 12
Socorro County: 60
Taos County: 40
Torrance County: 43
Union County: 7
Valencia County: 116

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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: 5
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 438
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 119 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, there are 5,296 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 28, 2020 6:01 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 11,809
Update includes one additional COVID-19 death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 192 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

45 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Chaves County
3 new case in Cibola County
6 new cases in Curry County
27 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
6 new cases in Luna County
28 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19. The case is:

A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 492.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County and one in Otero County) – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been determined to be a New Mexico resident and has been added to San Juan County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 11,809 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,064
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 83
Cibola County: 211
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 142
Doña Ana County: 895
Eddy County: 69
Grant County: 18
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 46
Lea County: 106
Lincoln County: 11
Los Alamos County: 8
Luna County: 73
McKinley County: 3,336
Otero County: 38
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 93
Roosevelt County: 57
Sandoval County: 716
San Juan County: 2,392
San Miguel County: 21
Santa Fe County: 228
Sierra County: 12
Socorro County: 59
Taos County: 40
Torrance County: 42
Union County: 7
Valencia County: 105

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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: 4
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 438
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 114 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, there are 5,264 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 28, 2020 10:14 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 11,619
Update includes two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 209 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
37 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
24 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Hidalgo County
6 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Luna County
23 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
78 new cases in San Juan County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Taos 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 Saturday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 90s from Cibola County. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 491.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Bernalillo County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – this has now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include three cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents that have since been determined to be New Mexico residents and have been added to San Juan County. One case was previously incorrectly reported as an individual being held by federal agencies at the Luna County Detention Center and has been corrected and added to Luna County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 11,619 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 2,021
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 79
Cibola County: 207
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 136
Doña Ana County: 868
Eddy County: 66
Grant County: 18
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 46
Lea County: 100
Lincoln County: 11
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 67
McKinley County: 3,309
Otero County: 35
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 93
Roosevelt County: 55
Sandoval County: 713
San Juan County: 2,357
San Miguel County: 20
Santa Fe County: 218
Sierra County: 12
Socorro County: 59
Taos County: 39
Torrance County: 41
Union County: 7
Valencia County: 104

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 435
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 122 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, there are 5,251 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 26, 2020 5:09 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 11,408
Update includes four additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 225 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
50 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
7 new cases in Curry County
36 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
5 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
74 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
9 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Union County
2 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Friday reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 20s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 489.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Rio Arriba County, one in Sandoval County); two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in San Juan County, one in Torrance County); and five cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Hidalgo County, four in McKinley County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 11,408 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 1,987
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 79
Cibola County: 206
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 132
Doña Ana County: 842
Eddy County: 62
Grant County: 17
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 39
Lea County: 94
Lincoln County: 11
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 64
McKinley County: 3,287
Otero County: 35
Quay County: 6
Rio Arriba County: 91
Roosevelt County: 55
Sandoval County: 706
San Juan County: 2,276
San Miguel County: 20
Santa Fe County: 210
Sierra County: 11
Socorro County: 59
Taos County: 38
Torrance County: 41
Union County: 7
Valencia County: 101

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 434
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 128 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, there are 5,149 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 25, 2020 9:55 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 11,192
Update includes five additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 207 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
60 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
46 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
3 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
7 new cases in Luna County
37 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
18 new cases in San Juan County
3 new case in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Thursday reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Camino Healthcare facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the BeeHive Homes of Farmington facility in Farmington.​
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 485.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been identified as not lab confirmed (one in Bernalillo County, one in Luna County, one in Sandoval County and one in Socorro County) and one case in Bernalillo County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 11,192 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 1,937
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 71
Cibola County: 204
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 125
Doña Ana County: 806
Eddy County: 63
Grant County: 17
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 40
Lea County: 89
Lincoln County: 9
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 63
McKinley County: 3,215
Otero County: 34
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 89
Roosevelt County: 55
Sandoval County: 701
San Juan County: 2,268
San Miguel County: 18
Santa Fe County: 206
Sierra County: 9
Socorro County: 59
Taos County: 37
Torrance County: 42
Union County: 6
Valencia County: 99

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 427
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 135 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, there are 5,047 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Blue Horizon Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 25, 2020 9:16 AM

Governor, health officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and the existing public health order.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 effort
WHEN: Thursday, June 25, 3 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

June 25, 2020 9:16 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 10,990
Update includes four additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 156 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
34 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
8 new cases in Curry County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
24 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
14 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
2 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
2 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility
14 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 90s from Colfax County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 480.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Valencia County) and one case in Bernalillo County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident but has been determined to be a New Mexico resident and has been added to San Juan County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,990 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 1,879
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 69
Cibola County: 200
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 123
Doña Ana County: 760
Eddy County: 61
Grant County: 17
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 39
Lea County: 86
Lincoln County: 8
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 57
McKinley County: 3,179
Otero County: 33
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 86
Roosevelt County: 54
Sandoval County: 693
San Juan County: 2,250
San Miguel County: 18
Santa Fe County: 203
Sierra County: 7
Socorro County: 58
Taos County: 37
Torrance County: 40
Union County: 6
Valencia County: 98

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 32
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 426
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 149 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, there are 4,984 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 23, 2020 5:32 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 10,838
Update includes seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 147 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
20 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Luna County
50 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
41 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Torrance County
6 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 90s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 70s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from Doña Ana 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 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 90s from Taos County. The individual was a patient at Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 476.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Roosevelt County, one in Santa Fe County) and one case in Chaves County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,838 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 1,848
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 65
Cibola County: 198
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 115
Doña Ana County: 740
Eddy County: 58
Grant County: 17
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 39
Lea County: 79
Lincoln County: 7
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 57
McKinley County: 3,155
Otero County: 32
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 82
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 685
San Juan County: 2,235
San Miguel County: 18
Santa Fe County: 202
Sierra County: 7
Socorro County: 58
Taos County: 35
Torrance County: 38
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 97

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 30
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 412
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 141 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, there are 4,874 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 23, 2020 8:33 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 10,694

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 128 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
22 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
16 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
11 new cases in Hidalgo County
8 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Luna County
32 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
11 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Monday reported no additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 469.

Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident but has been determined to be a New Mexico resident and has been added to Bernalillo County. Previously reported numbers included nine cases reported among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility that have been corrected to be reported among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,694 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 1,828
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 66
Cibola County: 197
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 111
Doña Ana County: 734
Eddy County: 56
Grant County: 17
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 39
Lea County: 75
Lincoln County: 7
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 55
McKinley County: 3,105
Otero County: 32
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 79
Roosevelt County: 54
Sandoval County: 681
San Juan County: 2,194
San Miguel County: 18
Santa Fe County: 201
Sierra County: 7
Socorro County: 58
Taos County: 35
Torrance County: 36
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 97

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 412
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 139 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, there are 4,742 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 22, 2020 2:27 PM

New Mexico Human Services Department Sec. David R. Scrase M.D. gave a COVID-19 modeling and reopening gating criteria webinar update

SANTA FE – New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. provided a COVID-19 modeling and reopening webinar update and took questions from the media, Friday, June 19.

Attached please find the presentation for the webinar and the article discussed.

To view the webinar please click on the link below:
https://youtu.be/isejjkunUQk.

June 22, 2020 11:12 AM

JIC Notes June 22, 20202
Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County

575-525-5801 • catherinez@donaanacounty.org



OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.



Regional updates:

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager www.cityofanthonynm.com Chief Ordonez-1100 am food distribution in Anthony. City employee testing (7:30 – 9:00)

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov Capt Schoen – All personnel will return to work (PD) as of today.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org Jennifer Martinez – sent link http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3017 for drought/COVID fireworks restrictions. Will not have electric light parade, might have fireworks (working on safety plan), if possible

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire Dan Trujillo – nothing to report

Dan Trujillo www.las-cruces.org

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net Kelly Jameson: Summer workout began, phase I started. Board meeting on Thursday, w/reentry plan. Aug 12 – School planning to start again

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org Not available

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

Robyn Gojkovich – nothing to report

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention Not available

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org Chief Thornton – Nothing to report

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov Not available

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org Not available

MountainView Regional Medical

Center

Ben Woods No update

www.mountainviewregional.com

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu Not available

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com Nothing to report

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency Cullen Combs: Working existing process as planned

Southern New Mexico Correctional

Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-

new-mexico-correctional-facility/ Not available

State of NM Aging & Long-Term

Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us Nothing to report

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch

Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org Not available

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-

borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan Not available

www.cv.nmhealth.org

June 21, 2020 8:36 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 10,565
Update includes three additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 136 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
13 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
18 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
1 new case in Lea County
5 new cases in Luna County
30 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
11 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Valencia County
41 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 469.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Otero County, one in San Juan County, one in Santa Fe County) – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include two cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents but have been determined to be New Mexico residents and have been added to McKinley County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,565 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 1,805
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 64
Cibola County: 196
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 110
Doña Ana County: 718
Eddy County: 53
Grant County: 17
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 28
Lea County: 67
Lincoln County: 7
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 54
McKinley County: 3,073
Otero County: 31
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 79
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 675
San Juan County: 2,183
San Miguel County: 18
Santa Fe County: 196
Sierra County: 5
Socorro County: 56
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 36
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 96

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 284
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 403
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 134 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, there are 4684 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 20, 2020 6:26 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 10,430
Update includes two additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 172 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

15 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new cases in Cibola County
1 new cases in Colfax County
7 new cases in Curry County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
8 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Luna County
30 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
10 new cases in Sandoval County
8 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new cases in Valencia County
9 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
55 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 466.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents in Doña Ana County, two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Cibola County and one in Roosevelt County) – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been identified as a New Mexico state resident and one case has been added to McKinley County; and one case previously classified as suspect, but has since been lab confirmed and one case has been added to Torrance County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,430 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,792
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 64
Cibola County: 194
Colfax County: 9
Curry County: 108
Doña Ana County: 700
Eddy County: 51
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 26
Lea County: 66
Lincoln County: 7
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 49
McKinley County: 3,041
Otero County: 32
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 79
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 672
San Juan County: 2,173
San Miguel County: 18
Santa Fe County: 193
Sierra County: 5
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 36
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 96

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 284
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 362
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 145 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, there are 4,628 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 19, 2020 3:53 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 10,260
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 112 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

15 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
6 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Hidalgo County
3 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Luna County
22 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
17 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
5 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
The Department of Health on Friday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 80s from Cibola County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 70s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had no underlying conditions.
A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 60s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had no underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 464.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents in Doña Ana County, two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County and one in Doña Ana County), and one case in Bernalillo County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,260 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,777
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 64
Cibola County: 194
Colfax County: 8
Curry County: 101
Doña Ana County: 692
Eddy County: 49
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 26
Lea County: 58
Lincoln County: 7
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 47
McKinley County: 3,009
Otero County: 32
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 73
Roosevelt County: 54
Sandoval County: 662
San Juan County: 2,165
San Miguel County: 18
Santa Fe County: 188
Sierra County: 5
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 95

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 146
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 307
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 147 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, there are 4,512 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 19, 2020 1:21 PM

NM small businesses to get donated face coverings
State partners with business groups on project
SANTA FE -- The state of New Mexico is partnering with various business organizations to give 171,000 cloth face coverings to small businesses around the state for free distribution to workers and customers who don’t have their own.
The masks, manufactured by the apparel company Hanes. were donated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with distribution coordinated by the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in partnership with the Association of Commerce and Industry and local chambers of commerce.
The department received 171,000 cloth masks and delivered 60,000 of them to Albuquerque on Thursday. The rest will be delivered around the state by next week, said Secretary Bianca Ortiz-Wertheim.
“Gov. Lujan Grisham is committed to opening up New Mexico and doing so safely. Face masks are an important tool to making this happen,” Secretary Ortiz-Wertheim said. “ The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is pleased to support this goal, and we’re grateful to the Association of Commerce and Industry and our many Chambers of Commerce who are assisting in distributing these cloth masks across the state,” she said.
“As we reopen New Mexico, it is important that our local businesses have the equipment they need to keep their employees and customers safe. We are grateful for the partnership with the state of New Mexico and our local chambers in helping to get these masks to businesses all over the state,” said Rob Black, president and CEO of New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry.

June 19, 2020 1:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE — The State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Human Services Department and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are working together in a public-private partnership to feed more than 3,000 New Mexicans who are food insecure due to the pandemic.
Since the start of the pandemic, with assistance from tribal communities, the National Guard, food banks and pantries, private food distributors, churches and nonprofits, the State of New Mexico has helped facilitate delivery of more than 2 million pounds of food to New Mexicans who are food insecure. Deliveries have included donations, food from grants and food purchased using Federal and State emergency funds. These collaborations developed during the pandemic can serve as a roadmap to bring a new level of responsiveness to combat food insecurity across the State for years to come.
The state received 120,000 pounds of food, supplies, and use of delivery vehicles from Latter-Day Saints volunteers on Tuesday morning to feed at least 3,000 people from rural and frontier communities, seniors and the general public.
“As New Mexico’s tribal communities continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 it is heartening to see the generosity of our neighbors,” said Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo. “This week’s delivery of over 120,000 pounds of food to Albuquerque’s urban native population by the Church of Latter Day Saints is greatly appreciated. Working alongside our sister-agencies and philanthropic organizations, our state continues to be responsive and effective in our relief efforts in tribal communities.”
Those experiencing financial hardship through the pandemic can find resources at https://www.newmexico.gov/i-need-assistance/. If you wish to help your neighbors during these uncertain times, please contact the food bank that serves your county to be matched up to opportunities close to home. To learn how you can help, please visit http://www.nmfoodbanks.org or https://www.rrfb.org.

June 19, 2020 10:04 AM

The State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Human Services Department and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are working together in a public-private partnership to feed more than 3,000 New Mexicans who are food insecure due to the pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic, with assistance from tribal communities, the National Guard, food banks and pantries, private food distributors, churches and nonprofits, the State of New Mexico has helped facilitate delivery of more than 2 million pounds of food to New Mexicans who are food insecure. Deliveries have included donations, food from grants and food purchased using Federal and State emergency funds. These collaborations developed during the pandemic can serve as a roadmap to bring a new level of responsiveness to combat food insecurity across the State for years to come.

The state received 120,000 pounds of food, supplies, and use of delivery vehicles from Latter-Day Saints volunteers on Tuesday morning to feed at least 3,000 people from rural and frontier communities, seniors and the general public.

“As New Mexico’s tribal communities continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 it is heartening to see the generosity of our neighbors,” said Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo. “This week’s delivery of over 120,000 pounds of food to Albuquerque’s urban native population by the Church of Latter Day Saints is greatly appreciated. Working alongside our sister-agencies and philanthropic organizations, our state continues to be responsive and effective in our relief efforts in tribal communities.”

Those experiencing financial hardship through the pandemic can find resources at https://www.newmexico.gov/i-need-assistance/. If you wish to help your neighbors during these uncertain times, please contact the food bank that serves your county to be matched up to opportunities close to home. To learn how you can help, please visit http://www.nmfoodbanks.org or https://www.rrfb.org.

June 18, 2020 5:17 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 10,153
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 94 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

13 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Curry County
9 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Lincoln County
12 new cases in Luna County
20 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Quay County
5 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
9 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra 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 Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center.
A female in her 30s from McKinley County. The individual had no underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 456.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents: ( two in Bernalillo County, one in McKinley County and one in Otero County), one case that has been identified as duplicate in San Juan County, and one case in Santa Fe County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,153 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,763
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 61
Cibola County: 188
Colfax County: 8
Curry County: 97
Doña Ana County: 685
Eddy County: 49
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 23
Lea County: 55
Lincoln County: 7
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 44
McKinley County: 2,987
Otero County: 30
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 66
Roosevelt County: 54
Sandoval County: 656
San Juan County: 2,148
San Miguel County: 18
Santa Fe County: 184
Sierra County: 5
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 94

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 141
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 307
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 157 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, there are 4,439 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 17, 2020 4:03 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 10,065
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 138 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
20 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Curry County
18 new cases in Doña Ana County
6 new cases in Lea County
20 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
13 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
30 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
8 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility.
A female in her 70s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and was a federal inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A male in his 70s in Sierra County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 452.

Previously reported numbers included five cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, two in San Juan County, one in Santa Fe County) and one case in McKinley County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,065 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,752
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 61
Cibola County: 186
Colfax County: 8
Curry County: 92
Doña Ana County: 676
Eddy County: 48
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 23
Lea County: 55
Lincoln County: 6
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 32
McKinley County: 2,968
Otero County: 31
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 61
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 651
San Juan County: 2,140
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 182
Sierra County: 4
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 94

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 138
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 306
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 161 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, there are 4,351 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 17, 2020 12:49 PM

Governor includes business and tax relief, public safety reform, election changes, other items for special session

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will ask the New Mexico Legislature to consider tax relief for individuals, loans for small businesses and local governments, police reform and election improvements, among other topics, when it meets in a special session beginning Thursday.

Lawmakers will be asked to consider those bills in addition to modifying the state budget that takes effect July 1, the main purpose of the special session.

As a result of the global pandemic, projected state revenues declined steeply following the legislative session earlier this year, leaving a gap estimated at more than $2 billion. The executive budget framework includes cuts to state agency budgets, grants to local governments and sovereign nations and a preservation of a portion of the pay raises that had been scheduled for educators while using the state’s unprecedented reserves and federal funding to patch the budget hole created by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the non-budget measures the governor supports and will ask the Legislature to take up are proposals requiring police officers to wear body cameras, banning chokehold restraints, and making police disciplinary history a matter of public record. Those measures have gained traction across the nation in the wake of the May 25 murder of George Floyd, a black man who died while a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.

Additionally the governor will support a proposal to create a state commission by statute to explore the issue of qualified immunity.

“This is not the end of the reform work we must take up – on public safety and racial injustice or on budgetary matters,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “The focus of this special session is relatively narrow given the economic crisis and the public health concerns about gathering for an extended period of time – but we must begin to address both the financial and human rights emergencies of this moment and put ourselves in a position to evaluate and enact broader structural reform in the next regular session of the Legislature.

“New Mexico families, workers and businesses have been suffering as a result of this pandemic, and it is our duty not merely to shore up the state budget – although that is imperative – but to deliver them whatever immediate relief we can as a state. We must assure New Mexicans, all together, that this state will take care of its own, will meet the needs of its families and workers, and we can serve as a national example of a targeted, sustainable, balanced recovery.

“I look forward to and anticipate bipartisan cooperation and expeditious work with the Legislature this week, as well as the professionalism and diligence New Mexicans have come to expect from this group of legislators,” the governor added.

The governor also supports, as part of her “call,” a proposal to promote and ensure the security and timeliness of remote voting during the pendency of a public health emergency like a pandemic. New Mexico’s election code currently requires voters to request an absentee ballot before one can be issued. The proposal to be taken up by the Legislature will give county clerks the authority to send a ballot to registered voters with a current mailing address and will allow voters and election administrators to track their ballots through the mail delivery system to help ensure timely delivery of their ballots, among other changes.

Tax relief for small businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic will also be on the call. Specifically, the governor will ask the Legislature to waive penalties and interest for small businesses and individuals who have been unable to make timely property tax and gross receipts tax payments due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

Additionally, she will ask the Legislature to approve a proposal to direct the State Investment Officer to invest a portion of the state’s multibillion-dollar Severance Tax Permanent Fund to support loans to small businesses and municipalities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The low-interest, long-term loans would help municipalities meet budget shortfalls and get businesses back on their feet following COVID-19-related closures.

The governor will also ask the Legislature to temporarily endorse gubernatorial flexibility and authority to assist businesses amid a public health emergency or pandemic – for example, to potentially allow liquor delivery or electronic notary services.

The legislative session will begin at noon Thursday.

The police and public safety reform proposal will be sponsored by Sen. Joseph Cervantes and Rep. Micaela Cadena.

The proposal regarding a commission to evaluate qualified immunity will be sponsored by Speaker Brian Egolf.

The election modification proposal will be sponsored by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto and Rep. Linda Trujillo.

The severance tax support for small businesses and municipalities proposal will be sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, Sen. John Sapien, Rep. Daymon Ely and Rep. Marian Matthews.

The tax relief proposal will be sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth and Rep. Christine Chandler.

The proposal regarding gubernatorial authority to permit flexibility in allowing liquor delivery and other potential items will be sponsored by Sen. Mary Kay Papen and Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas.

June 16, 2020 4:41 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,933
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 88 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
27 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
6 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
3 new cases in Hidalgo County
5 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Luna County
13 new cases in McKinley County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 80s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of Beehive Homes in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 447.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Doña Ana County that was not lab confirmed – this has now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was previously reported as an out-of-state resident but has since been determined to be a New Mexico resident and has been added to Valencia County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,933 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,733
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 59
Cibola County: 186
Colfax County: 8
Curry County: 89
Doña Ana County: 659
Eddy County: 48
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 23
Lea County: 49
Lincoln County: 6
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 32
McKinley County: 2,949
Otero County: 30
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 59
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 642
San Juan County: 2,129
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 178
Sierra County: 4
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 93

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 108
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 298
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 156 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, there are 4,217 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 16, 2020 4:41 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,933
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 88 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
27 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
6 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
3 new cases in Hidalgo County
5 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Luna County
13 new cases in McKinley County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 80s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of Beehive Homes in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 447.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Doña Ana County that was not lab confirmed – this has now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was previously reported as an out-of-state resident but has since been determined to be a New Mexico resident and has been added to Valencia County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,933 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,733
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 59
Cibola County: 186
Colfax County: 8
Curry County: 89
Doña Ana County: 659
Eddy County: 48
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 23
Lea County: 49
Lincoln County: 6
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 32
McKinley County: 2,949
Otero County: 30
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 59
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 642
San Juan County: 2,129
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 178
Sierra County: 4
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 93

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 108
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 298
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 156 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, there are 4,217 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 16, 2020 4:40 PM

All Hands, New Mexico!
Connecting job seekers to businesses with immediate job openings

(Albuquerque, NM) – As the state continues its efforts for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) and New Mexico Workforce Connection Centers (NMWC) are here to help businesses quickly fill their vacant positions with skilled workers they can depend on through the initiative All Hands, New Mexico!
“As Governor Lujan Grisham oversees the re-opening of New Mexico’s economy safely it is important for New Mexicans to know what jobs are now available,” said NMDWS Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley. “Getting back to work means earning a paycheck and providing needed services so that our communities stay healthy as we recover economically.”

Businesses across New Mexico who are looking to hire workers to meet a surge in demand for well-qualified workforce talent can quickly post their positions by filing out a short hiring intake form on the NMDWS website at https://www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Post-Jobs. Local NMWC Business Representatives will work closely with each business to ensure all job posting information is collected, search for qualified candidates within the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System, conduct any necessary screening, and help employers shorten the hiring process.

All Hands, New Mexico! is designed to connect New Mexico workers with New Mexico businesses that have urgent hiring needs. Many talented job seekers who lost their job or had hours reduced as a result of COVID-19 and are looking for their next career opportunity may register within the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System at www.jobs.state.nm.us. Here, a job seeker can upload their resume, highlight their transferable skills, and list previous work experience that NMWC Business Representatives will utilize in their search for qualified candidates to recommend to the businesses they are assisting.

The New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System is a one-stop online resource for information on identifying a career path and looking for, applying for, and obtaining a job. Job seekers may also set up a Virtual Recruiter within the system that will provide real-time alerts to well-matched job opportunities in their region of choice.

“COVID-19 recovery requires we do all we can to support our businesses in reopening as quickly and safely as possible,” said Tracey Bryan, Chair of the New Mexico State Workforce Board. “The workforce system has become the single best source for identifying potential talent, based upon the unprecedented number of people who filed unemployment claims and are now seeking employment assistance through the New Mexico Workforce Connection. This includes thousands of experienced workers, some facing unemployment for the first time, who are ready to get back to work and start a new chapter in their careers.”

Businesses may also obtain information from NMWC on available resources to support upskilling and/or providing training to existing workers, assistance with interviewing, hosting virtual job fairs, and more. To learn more, contact the local NMWC office near you at https://www.dws.state.nm.us/en-us/Office-Locations.

June 15, 2020 4:12 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,845
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 132 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
13 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
3 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
17 new cases in Hidalgo County
2 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Luna County
25 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
29 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Monday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A female in her 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 60s from Roosevelt County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 440.

Previously reported numbers included five cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County, three in Sandoval County); four cases that were not lab confirmed (two in Bernalillo County, one in Curry County, one in San Juan County); and one case in Sandoval County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,845 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,705
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 59
Cibola County: 185
Colfax County: 8
Curry County: 83
Doña Ana County: 657
Eddy County: 47
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 20
Lea County: 44
Lincoln County: 6
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 29
McKinley County: 2,936
Otero County: 30
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 59
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 634
San Juan County: 2,123
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 173
Sierra County: 4
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 33
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 89

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 108
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 295
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 161 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, there are 4,160 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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. Get tested. 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, 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.

June 15, 2020 9:26 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,723
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 104 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

12 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
13 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
16 new cases in McKinley County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
15 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Valencia County
5 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility
14 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Sunday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Camino Healthcare facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 435.

Previously reported numbers included one case in McKinley County that has been identified as a duplicate and one case in Otero County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,723 confirmed cases of COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,693
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 59
Cibola County: 184
Colfax County: 7
Curry County: 81
Doña Ana County: 658
Eddy County: 47
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 3
Lea County: 42
Lincoln County: 6
Los Alamos County: 7
Luna County: 27
McKinley County: 2,912
Otero County: 29
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 60
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 630
San Juan County: 2,098
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 170
Sierra County: 4
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 32
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 89

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 108
Torrance County Detention Facility: 24

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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 266
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 162 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, there are 4,114 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 12, 2020 4:15 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,526
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 162 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

18 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
7 new cases in Cibola County
3 new cases in Curry County
7 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
3 new cases in Lea County
49 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
38 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Luna County Detention Center
6 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility
13 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Thursday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 70s from Cibola County. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 426.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Bernalillo County and two cases in Doña Ana County that have been determined to be out-of-state residents – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,526 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,669
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 53
Cibola County: 180
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 71
Doña Ana County: 637
Eddy County: 46
Grant County: 17
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 2
Lea County: 38
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 20
McKinley County: 2,870
Otero County: 30
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 60
Roosevelt County: 53
Sandoval County: 609
San Juan County: 2,081
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 165
Sierra County: 3
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 32
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 87

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: 2
Luna County Detention Center: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 98
Torrance County Detention Facility: 19

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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 252
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 179 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, there are 3,983 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 12, 2020 9:15 AM

Summer Meal Hours to Change June 17

Las Cruces Public Schools and Families and Youth, Inc. (FYI) will adjust the hours of breakfast and lunch distribution beginning June 17 to safeguard personnel against rising summer temperatures.

Starting Wednesday, summer meal distribution will be available between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at all 19 school sites:

Alameda Elementary - 1325 N. Alameda Blvd.
Central Elementary - 105 Alameda Blvd.
Cesar Chavez Elementary - 5250 Holman Rd.
Conlee Elementary - 1701 Boston Dr.
Desert Hills Elementary - 280 Roadrunner Pkwy
Doña Ana Elementary - 5551 Camino De Flores
Hermosa Heights Elementary - 1655 E. Amador Ave.
Hillrise Elementary - 1400 Curnutt St.
Loma Heights Elementary - 1600 E. Madrid Ave.
Lynn Middle School - 950 S. Walnut St.
MacArthur Elementary - 655 4th St.
Mesa Middle School - 7225 N Jornada Rd.
Mesilla Elementary - 2362 Calle Del Sur
Mesilla Park Elementary - 955 W. Union Ave.
Picacho Middle School – 1040 N. Motel Blvd.
Tombaugh Elementary - 226 Carver Rd.
University Hills Elementary - 2005 S. Locust St.
Valley View Elementary - 915 California Ave.
Vista Middle School – 4465 Elks Dr.
FYI will staff meal distribution at the following locations during the same schedule:

El Crucero Permanent Housing
Hadley Park
Radium Springs Community Resource Center
Doña Ana Community Resource Center
Spitz Park / Country Club Estates
Jason Jiron Park
Las Cruces High School
Meerscheidt Recreation Center
Parque De Cura/Ramon Ortiz, Mesilla
Tortugas Park
Rose Village Park
Valley View Park
Klien Park
Albert Johnson Park
Sagecrest Park
Gus Vlachakis Park
Sunset Hill Park
East Mesa Recreation Center
Joe Reyna Community Center
Organ Community Resource Center
Metro Verde Splash Pad
Las Colinas Arroyo Park

For additional news and information on Las Cruces Public Schools, visit www.lcps.net.

June 11, 2020 5:49 PM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit a limited reopening for breweries this weekend followed by a broader reopening on Monday, June 15.

Under the amended order, which is attached and will be effective Friday, June 12, breweries may offer outdoor and patio seating at 50 percent of maximum occupancy as determined by the fire code. The following stipulations apply:

No service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
Outdoor service may be provided only to patrons who are seated.
Tables must be placed at least 6 feet from one another.
No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table.
No bar or counter seating is permitted.
“A soft reopening this weekend will give these businesses a chance to properly train staff and implement COVID-safe practices before Monday’s broader reopening,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present.

A new public health order to take effect Monday, June 15, will allow breweries to resume indoor service at 50 percent occupancy as determined by fire code. Bar and counter seating will still be prohibited, and these businesses will be required to comply with COVID-safe practices for restaurants, which are available here and downloadable here. This includes a requirement to offer customers the opportunity to record their names and phone numbers or email addresses, along with the date and time of their visit, and retain such records for at least four weeks.

As they reopen, all businesses must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices for their industry, which can be found in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.” The state’s COVID-Safe Practices now include restrictions and guidelines for drive-in events, such as theaters or holiday fireworks shows.

The amended public health order is attached to this news release and will be executed Friday, June 12.

The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased reopening plan, which began by reopening the businesses and services that required the least personal contact. Moving from phase to phase depends on meeting certain benchmarks – called “gating criteria” – that measure steady progress toward containing spread of COVID-19. The state is currently in Phase 1 of that reopening plan. Modeling reports from the state are regularly posted here.

Workers can make reports about suspected unsafe work environments in the state to nmenv-osha@state.nm.us.

June 11, 2020 4:22 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,367
Update includes ten additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 121 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
31 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
18 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Lea County
8 new cases in Luna County
14 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
8 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
17 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported ten additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Jim Wood Home in Hatch.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A second male in his 80s from McKinley County.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Beehive Homes in Farmington.
A second female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Beehive Homes in Farmington.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 420.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County and one in Torrance County); two cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County and one in Doña Ana County); and one case in Santa Fe County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include two cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents that have since been identified as New Mexico state residents: one case has been added to Doña Ana County and one case has been added to McKinley County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,367 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,651
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 52
Cibola County: 172
Colfax County: 6
Curry County: 68
Doña Ana County: 632
Eddy County: 45
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 35
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 20
McKinley County: 2,822
Otero County: 28
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 60
Roosevelt County: 51
Sandoval County: 607
San Juan County: 2,043
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 161
Sierra County: 3
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 86

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 239
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 189 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, there are 3,899 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 11, 2020 10:22 AM

TODAY: Governor, health officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts, public health order

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today, Thursday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and the existing public health order.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health emergency order
WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 3 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

June 10, 2020 4:05 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,250
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 147 additional cases of COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

12 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Curry County
27 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Lea County
50 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
1 new case in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Sierra County
3 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50 from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 410.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Bernalillo County that has been identified as a duplicate and one case in Doña Ana County that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,250 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 1,623
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 170
Colfax County: 6
Curry County: 68
Doña Ana County: 615
Eddy County: 42
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 34
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 12
McKinley County: 2,807
Otero County: 28
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 59
Roosevelt County: 46
Sandoval County: 604
San Juan County: 2,034
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 160
Sierra County: 3
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 35
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 84

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 273
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

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: 222
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 197 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, there are 3,806 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 9, 2020 5:42 PM

The New Mexico Hospitality Association (NMHA) and the state’s hospitality and tourism industry announced today the launch of the New Mexico Safe Promise campaign. The initiative invites all New Mexicans to make a personal commitment to follow COVID-19 Safe Practices to help make New Mexico the safest place for its families, workers, and customers. This initiative is about local communities supporting each other to ensure that all New Mexicans are self-accountable to abide by best practice safety standards. To make the New Mexico Safe Promise, visit NMSafePromise.org.

The New Mexico Safe Promise campaign was developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and in conjunction with the safe reopening of businesses throughout the state through practices aligned with New Mexico Department of Health Ordinances and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. This initiative hopes to unify the entire state of New Mexico through the protection of the health of its communities, residents, and customers.

By making the New Mexico Safe Promise, our fellow New Mexicans commit to:

· Use a face covering while in public

· Stay six feet from others

· Stay home when sick

· Wash their hands frequently and follow recommended hygiene practices

· Participate in any COVID-19 related training made available at their workplace

“Since safety, cleanliness, and customer service have always been hallmarks of the hospitality and tourism industry, these new standards are building on values our industry is well known for,” said Visit Las Cruces Executive Director Rochelle Miller-Hernandez. “Making Las Cruces safe for everyone is a communitywide effort, and our industry plans to lead by example when it comes to ensuring our beautiful city and state are safe for citizens and customers alike.”

As businesses begin reopening, New Mexicans can begin planning their next adventure by exploring the wonders of the state from home through virtual, interactive activities. From soaring in a hot air balloon and exploring art and cultural centers to browsing the works of Georgia O’Keeffe or taking a virtual hike through national parks and monuments, visitors can explore what New Mexico has to offer through a virtual setting from the comfort and safety of their home. For more information on virtual tours, classes, live streams, and more, visit www.newmexico.org/virtual-tours.

For more information on the New Mexico Safe Promise campaign and to make the promise, visit NMSafePromise.org. For updates on travel restrictions, directives, and closures in New Mexico, visit www.newmexico.org/covid-19-traveler-information.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION:

New Mexico Hospitality Association is a nonprofit (501c6) that is focused on serving its members and all segments of the hospitality industry. The association delivers decades of combined experience to lead public policy and workforce development strategy for a more prosperous economy. The association represents member interests at the state and national level, cultivates professional development, and targets opportunities to incubate and foster long-term job and wealth creation statewide. The association’s members are true investors and play a crucial role in growing tourism and New Mexico’s economy. For more information, visit https://newmexicohospitality.org.

June 9, 2020 4:02 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,105
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 47 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

12 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
2 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lea County
12 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
9 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 30s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 404.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility) and two cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Chaves County, one in Quay County) – these have now been corrected. Three cases previously reported as being among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility have now been correctly identified as being among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the facility and one case previously reported as being among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the facility has now been correctly identified as being among individuals held by federal agencies. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,105 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,612
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 48
Cibola County: 169
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 64
Doña Ana County: 589
Eddy County: 38
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 33
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 12
McKinley County: 2,757
Otero County: 28
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 57
Roosevelt County: 45
Sandoval County: 604
San Juan County: 1,999
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 158
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 35
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 81

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 273
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

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: 222
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 193 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, there are 3,699 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 8, 2020 5:12 PM

Las Cruces City Council has unanimously approved Resolution 20-167 at today’s Special Council Meeting, Monday, June 8, which encourages the public to wear face coverings in retail and commercial business in the city limits due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

The Resolution is in lieu of Ordinance No. 2929, which would have required face coverings to be worn by the public in retail and commercial businesses with exceptions (aligned with the State of New Mexico Covid-19 Public Health Order) for eating, drinking, exercising, children under three-years-old or those with other personal health concerns prohibiting the use of a face covering.

Ordinance 2929, if enacted, could have left those in violation of the Ordinance facing consequences of a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a fine up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. Several council members stated they preferred voluntary compliance over enforcement and did not want the effort to be punitive, which led to the proposal of this resolution.

City Council tabled Ordinance 2929 indefinitely at a special meeting, Friday, June 5., and instead focused on Resolution 20-167, which holds no punitive consequences.

June 8, 2020 4:09 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,062
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 124 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
10 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
17 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Lea County
50 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 30s from San Juan County.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 400.

Previously reported numbers included one case in San Juan County that has been identified as a duplicate and one case in San Juan County that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,062 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,600
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 49
Cibola County: 168
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 64
Doña Ana County: 587
Eddy County: 38
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 32
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 12
McKinley County: 2,746
Otero County: 27
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 57
Roosevelt County: 45
Sandoval County: 600
San Juan County: 1,990
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 155
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 35
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 81

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 219
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 183 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, there are 3,380 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 8, 2020 3:59 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 9,062
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 124 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

10 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
17 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Lea County
50 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County

The Department of Health on Monday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 30s from San Juan County.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 400.

Previously reported numbers included one case in San Juan County that has been identified as a duplicate and one case in San Juan County that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,062 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,600
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 49
Cibola County: 168
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 64
Doña Ana County: 587
Eddy County: 38
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 32
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 12
McKinley County: 2,746
Otero County: 27
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 57
Roosevelt County: 45
Sandoval County: 600
San Juan County: 1,990
San Miguel County: 16
Santa Fe County: 155
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 35
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 81

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

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: 219
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 183 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, there are 3,380 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 8, 2020 2:39 PM

Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County
575-525-5801 • catherinez@donaanacounty.org

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Updates (Including: Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties as of 6/8/2020 1:30 p.m.)

Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability Total ICU Capability 60 149 89



COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 14





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 14 89 75






Regional updates:

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager www.cityofanthonynm.com Police—Nothing new to report. City—Special Board meeting Friday at 1 PM.

City of Sunland Park Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire www.sunlandpark-nm.gov Nothing new to report. Testing Thursday 7 AM-10 AM at the Sports Park.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org Special meeting today to further discuss face coverings at all local businesses. City Park and Rec beginning to re-open.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org No report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org Sheriff is handing out masks throughout the county all week. 9,000 masks have been handed out thus far.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention No report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD One positive test at city office.

www.villageofhatch.org

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org No report.

MountainView Regional Medical

Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com No report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com Nothing new to report.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency No report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional

Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-

new-mexico-correctional-facility/ No report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term

Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program No report.

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch

Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org No report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-

borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org Today’s testing: Anthony: Public Health Office Las Cruces: Hospitals and clinics Las Cruces: Public Health Office Sunland Park: Public Health Office

June 8, 2020 12:54 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,940
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 143 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

17 new cases in Bernalillo County
7 new cases in Cibola County
15 new cases in Doña Ana County
5 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Luna County
37 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
11 new cases in Sandoval County
44 new cases in San Juan County
5 new case in Santa Fe County
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Beehive Homes in Farmington.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 396.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in Doña Ana County that have been determined to be out-of-state residents, and another in Doña Ana County that was determined to be a Bernalillo County resident. One previously reported case in San Juan County was determined to be a duplicate and has been removed. One case previously reported as a Bernalillo County resident has been correctly identified as a Sandoval County resident. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,940 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,592
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 49
Cibola County: 166
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 62
Doña Ana County: 570
Eddy County: 35
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 29
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 12
McKinley County: 2,694
Otero County: 26
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 54
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 597
San Juan County: 1,966
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 155
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 35
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 81

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 219
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 177 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, there are 3,307 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 7, 2020 10:38 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,800
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 129 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
7 new cases in Cibola County
23 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
40 new cases in McKinley County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
29 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
5 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A third female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 392.

Previously reported numbers included one case in Santa Fe County that was not lab confirmed and two cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility that have been identified as duplicates – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include two cases that were previously identified as not being lab confirmed but have since been determined to be lab confirmed and corrected (one in Bernalillo County, one in San Juan County). Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,800 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,575
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 49
Cibola County: 159
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 62
Doña Ana County: 558
Eddy County: 30
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 29
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 11
McKinley County: 2,657
Otero County: 25
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 54
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 585
San Juan County: 1,923
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 55
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 35
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 81

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 275
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 219
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 176 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, there are 3,286 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 7, 2020 10:37 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,672
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 331 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
19 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Curry County
28 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Luna County
77 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
52 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
1 new case in Valencia County
116 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
13 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Friday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 60s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 387.

Previously reported numbers included eight cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County, one in Sandoval County, and one among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility); two cases in Doña Ana County that have been determined to be out-of-state residents; and two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in McKinley 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 8,672 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,559
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 152
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 62
Doña Ana County: 535
Eddy County: 28
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 29
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 11
McKinley County: 2,617
Otero County: 25
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 54
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 579
San Juan County: 1,893
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 54
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 81

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 272
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 219
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 175 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, there are 3,206 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 5, 2020 5:19 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,672
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 331 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

19 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Curry County
28 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Luna County
77 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
52 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
1 new case in Valencia County
116 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
13 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Friday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 60s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 387.

Previously reported numbers included eight cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County, one in Sandoval County, and one among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility); two cases in Doña Ana County that have been determined to be out-of-state residents; and two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in McKinley 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 8,672 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,559
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 152
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 62
Doña Ana County: 535
Eddy County: 28
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 29
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 11
McKinley County: 2,617
Otero County: 25
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 54
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 579
San Juan County: 1,893
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 54
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 81

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 272
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

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: 219
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 175 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, there are 3,206 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 5, 2020 5:18 PM

Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County
575-525-5801 • catherinez@donaanacounty.org

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

REGIONAL HOSPITAL RESOURCES (INCLUDES: Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties):

CURRENTLY IN USE CAPACITY REMAINING AVAILABILITY
TOTAL ICU CAPABILITY 48 149 101





COVID PATIENT HOSPITALIZATION



POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 12







VENTILATOR USE



VENT AVAILABILITY 17 90 73







Regional updates:

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager The city gave away 1,800 masks on Wednesday. There is concern about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in El Paso.

www.cityofanthonynm.com

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov On June 11, 2020, a DOH “TAG” testing will be held from 7 AM-10 AM.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org Special City Council meeting being held today to discuss utilization of face coverings throughout the city.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net Zoom meeting today with the athletic directors to discuss how athletics will be handled in the new school year. Samantha will send out a press release

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org Sheriff is handing out masks throughout the county.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention Nothing new to report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org No report.

Town of Mesilla Dorothy Sellers www.mesillanm.gov Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org No report.

MountainView Regional Medical

Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu Face to face classes will resume in August with a few exceptions and a hybrid model for some classes. NMSU has put together “tiger teams” to facilitate the return to campus strategies.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com Nothing new to report.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency Nothing new to report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional

Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-

new-mexico-correctional-facility/ No report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term

Services Nothing new to report.

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch

Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org No report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-

borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

June 5, 2020 5:12 PM

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will continue implementing its phased reopening plan which will extend hours for certain specialty parks and open new public spaces. The first limited reopening under Phase One (Green Phase) has proven successful thanks to the cooperation of the community with following guidelines. The plan was designed to align with directives from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s extended public health emergency order, which remains in place, and the New Mexico Department of Health guidelines. The Las Cruces community is encouraged to continue social distancing practices, good hygiene, keeping groups to five or less, and no large gatherings.

Phase One (Green Phase)

Beginning Monday, June 8, the green phase will expand with the addition of Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon and 5 – 9 p.m., to tennis and pickleball courts sessions. Metro Verde Tennis Court, 6013 Atlas Street, will be added to the open courts list along with Lions Park tennis court and Apodaca Park pickleball court. Schedule will be the same.

The Remote-Control Track, 1453 E. Hadley, will change to regular hours, dawn to dusk daily. The Remote-Control Airport, located in the Las Cruces Foothills Landfill, 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., will change to regular hours, dawn to dusk, Monday – Friday. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday.

Phase Two (Yellow Phase)

The yellow phase will begin on Monday, June 15 with the opening of one city park in each city council district. Playgrounds will remain closed for now. As parks open, park service will be increased accordingly. The parks are as follows:

District One: Klein Park, 155 N. Mesquite Street

District Two: Tony Gomez Park/Frenger Park, 2283 S. Espina St.

District Three: Las Cruces Dog Park, 430 N. Hermosa St.

District Four: La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho Ave.

District Five: Twin Parks, median on Engler Road (between McGuffy St. and Mesa Grande Ave.)

District Six: Desert Trails Community Park, 3492 Sonora Springs

Under the Phase 2 Yellow, Frenger Pool will open for lap swimming by reservation only. The Regional Aquatic Center will open for lap swimming, channel use, and upstairs gym use, also by reservation. (Reservations allow employees to schedule decontamination cleaning according to use.) Reservation information will be available before Friday, June 12 at las-cruces.org/Covid19ParkSchedules.

On Monday, June 15, Butterfield Shooting Range will revert to regular hours, from dawn to dusk, while still maintaining Covid-19 guidelines put in place by the Parks & Recreation department.

The Parks and Recreation Department is will continue to assess the opening of more public spaces in alignment with the Governor’s directives and the NM Department of Health recommendations. For up-to-date park schedules and information go to las-cruces.org/COVID19ParkSchedule. Contact Parks & Recreation Department Administration Offices 575/541-2550 or email at CLCEngage@las-cruces.org.


June 5, 2020 1:34 PM

Las Cruces City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, June 8, immediately following the regularly scheduled Work Session at 1 p.m., to discuss a resolution for the Council’s consideration. The Resolution encourages the public to wear face coverings in retail and commercial business in the city limits due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

The Resolution, if approved, is in lieu of Ordinance No. 2929, which would have required face coverings to be worn by the public in retail and commercial businesses with exceptions (aligned with the State of New Mexico Covid-19 Public Health Order) for eating, drinking, exercising, children under three-years-old or those with other personal health concerns prohibiting the use of a face covering. Under the Ordinance, if enacted, any violations would have constituted a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. Council prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive, which the proposed Resolution would encourage.

City Council tabled the Ordinance indefinitely at a special meeting today, Friday, June 5, and will instead focus on the resolution which holds no punitive consequences.

You can find all Las Cruces City Council Regular Meeting and Work Session agendas at the following link: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/portal/.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.

June 5, 2020 10:07 AM

Lujan Grisham administration releases additional summer resources for families
Multi-agency state effort addresses access to food, child care, cultural learning opportunities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming. Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources, child care resources and other materials.

These resources are available on http://www.newmexico.gov/summer-youth-programs/, along with a full list of COVID-19 Safe Practices for in-person programs.

“Children have always been a top priority of this administration. They must be able to play and learn and eat during the summer, even during the current health crisis. Working together, these state agencies are making sure that happens and happens safely,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

CYFD will support food deliveries to communities in need in New Mexico, including tribes and pueblos, throughout the summer. To date, CYFD has led the coordination and distribution of more than 1 million pounds of food and 5.4 million meals throughout the state.

CYFD will also continue to prioritize outreach and support to children and youth in custody throughout the summer. Staff are working to connect families and foster parents to summer recreational and educational activities for children and families, many offered through the Early Childhood Education and Care Department and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including options for child care in addition to fun activities, books, arts and crafts and science experiments that can be done at home. For older youth and young adults, CYFD will continue to help with access to housing, jobs, apprenticeships, and preparation for fall academic activities. Increased video and telephonic “visits” with children in foster care and young people previously in CYFD custody who are now living independently will address any emergent needs through the summer months.

“One thing we’ve seen during this incredibly difficult time has been our staff’s desire to connect more with families and families’ reciprocal engagement as that’s happened,” CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock said. “We’re seeing children and young people trusting more than ever that CYFD is here for them, and that’s helping increase access to supports and helping them thrive. These more frequent and meaningful connections are something we’re looking to continue doing for the long term.”

CYFD also continues to support telehealth services throughout the summer. People who have benefited from the convenience of increased behavioral health access at home and through the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line and its companion app, NMConnect, will be pleased to know telehealth services are here to stay.

The Early Childhood Education and Care Department will continue to assist families in accessing child care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in centers and homes. Families who need care can call New Mexico Kids (1-800-691-9067). ECECD is also working to make state government programming available to child care centers – including DCA’s “bookmobile” program.

“Supporting families during this public health emergency means striking a balance: providing opportunities for children to learn, grow, and develop, while preventing the spread of the virus.” said Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “These resources do just that.”

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to continuing to provide educational, enriching programming to the children of New Mexico and their families throughout the summer. All DCA’s annual Summer Youth Programs will continue in a virtual environment. Exciting events and programs, including the first statewide summer reading program, will be available online. New Mexico’s museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions are creating fun, educational activity kits that will be distributed to families via programs throughout the state. Families can take advantage of the weekly Friday night concert series, Our Fair New Mexico, and a variety of virtual exhibit tours, fun DIY activities, and engaging video content can be found on Visit Virtually. Explore all of DCA’s resources on http://www.NewMexicoCulture.org. Check back often as content is always being added.

“The incredible educators and instructional staff at all of DCA’s divisions have been working hard to bring our state’s rich culture into the homes of all New Mexicans this summer,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego, “We are committed to providing hands-on activities and virtual experience to help New Mexico families and children throughout the summer.”

The Public Education Department determined that it would not be possible to meet the statutory requirements of K-5 Plus for summer 2020. However, Extended Learning Time Programs may still be possible in August while adhering to public health requirements and best practices.

The PED encourages school districts to run locally funded, remote, or virtual summer school opportunities. The Summer School 2020 Guidance document published by PED on May 21st offers districts and school leaders resources and considerations based on what has been learned in the shift to remote learning and the research behind summer learning. Recent evidence suggests that expanding summer learning beyond remediation to provide students with rigorous opportunities to preview and practice knowledge and skills aligned to upcoming grade-level standards is effective at bolstering student achievement. Likewise, providing social and emotional learning supports for students yields benefits in more traditional school contexts. Families are encouraged to check in with their local schools to learn about remote summer program opportunities in their area.

The PED offers the following resources to families in support of social and emotional well-being:
Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning
Supporting Mindfulness in Learning
CASEL Resources: scroll down to see links that support SEL at Home
Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home (In both English and Spanish)
In addition, Grab and Go meal sites for children will continue operating throughout the summer – and educational, cultural and social emotional resources will be available for families at these sites. A site list is available here.

June 5, 2020 9:41 AM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming. Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources, child care resources and other materials.

These resources are available on http://www.newmexico.gov/summer-youth-programs/, along with a full list of COVID-19 Safe Practices for in-person programs.

“Children have always been a top priority of this administration. They must be able to play and learn and eat during the summer, even during the current health crisis. Working together, these state agencies are making sure that happens and happens safely,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

CYFD will support food deliveries to communities in need in New Mexico, including tribes and pueblos, throughout the summer. To date, CYFD has led the coordination and distribution of more than 1 million pounds of food and 5.4 million meals throughout the state.

CYFD will also continue to prioritize outreach and support to children and youth in custody throughout the summer. Staff are working to connect families and foster parents to summer recreational and educational activities for children and families, many offered through the Early Childhood Education and Care Department and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including options for child care in addition to fun activities, books, arts and crafts and science experiments that can be done at home. For older youth and young adults, CYFD will continue to help with access to housing, jobs, apprenticeships, and preparation for fall academic activities. Increased video and telephonic “visits” with children in foster care and young people previously in CYFD custody who are now living independently will address any emergent needs through the summer months.

“One thing we’ve seen during this incredibly difficult time has been our staff’s desire to connect more with families and families’ reciprocal engagement as that’s happened,” CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock said. “We’re seeing children and young people trusting more than ever that CYFD is here for them, and that’s helping increase access to supports and helping them thrive. These more frequent and meaningful connections are something we’re looking to continue doing for the long term.”

CYFD also continues to support telehealth services throughout the summer. People who have benefited from the convenience of increased behavioral health access at home and through the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line and its companion app, NMConnect, will be pleased to know telehealth services are here to stay.

The Early Childhood Education and Care Department will continue to assist families in accessing child care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in centers and homes. Families who need care can call New Mexico Kids (1-800-691-9067). ECECD is also working to make state government programming available to child care centers – including DCA’s “bookmobile” program.

“Supporting families during this public health emergency means striking a balance: providing opportunities for children to learn, grow, and develop, while preventing the spread of the virus.” said Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “These resources do just that.”

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to continuing to provide educational, enriching programming to the children of New Mexico and their families throughout the summer. All DCA’s annual Summer Youth Programs will continue in a virtual environment. Exciting events and programs, including the first statewide summer reading program, will be available online. New Mexico’s museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions are creating fun, educational activity kits that will be distributed to families via programs throughout the state. Families can take advantage of the weekly Friday night concert series, Our Fair New Mexico, and a variety of virtual exhibit tours, fun DIY activities, and engaging video content can be found on Visit Virtually. Explore all of DCA’s resources on http://www.NewMexicoCulture.org. Check back often as content is always being added.

“The incredible educators and instructional staff at all of DCA’s divisions have been working hard to bring our state’s rich culture into the homes of all New Mexicans this summer,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego, “We are committed to providing hands-on activities and virtual experience to help New Mexico families and children throughout the summer.”

The Public Education Department determined that it would not be possible to meet the statutory requirements of K-5 Plus for summer 2020. However, Extended Learning Time Programs may still be possible in August while adhering to public health requirements and best practices.

The PED encourages school districts to run locally funded, remote, or virtual summer school opportunities. The Summer School 2020 Guidance document published by PED on May 21st offers districts and school leaders resources and considerations based on what has been learned in the shift to remote learning and the research behind summer learning. Recent evidence suggests that expanding summer learning beyond remediation to provide students with rigorous opportunities to preview and practice knowledge and skills aligned to upcoming grade-level standards is effective at bolstering student achievement. Likewise, providing social and emotional learning supports for students yields benefits in more traditional school contexts. Families are encouraged to check in with their local schools to learn about remote summer program opportunities in their area.

The PED offers the following resources to families in support of social and emotional well-being:

Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning
Supporting Mindfulness in Learning
CASEL Resources: scroll down to see links that support SEL at Home
Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home (In both English and Spanish)

In addition, Grab and Go meal sites for children will continue operating throughout the summer – and educational, cultural and social emotional resources will be available for families at these sites. A site list is available here.

June 5, 2020 9:38 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,353
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 218 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
20 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
30 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
66 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
44 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 383.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in McKinley County that have been identified as duplicates and three cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, one in Luna County and one in McKinley County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,353 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,543
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 51
Cibola County: 148
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 57
Doña Ana County: 509
Eddy County: 26
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 9
McKinley County: 2,542
Otero County: 23
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 52
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 578
San Juan County: 1,842
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 54
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 33
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 80

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 157
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 206
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 170 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, there are 3,115 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 4, 2020 4:11 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,353
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 218 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

20 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
30 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
66 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
44 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Thursday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 383.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in McKinley County that have been identified as duplicates and three cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, one in Luna County and one in McKinley County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,353 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,543
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 51
Cibola County: 148
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 57
Doña Ana County: 509
Eddy County: 26
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 9
McKinley County: 2,542
Otero County: 23
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 52
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 578
San Juan County: 1,842
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 54
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 33
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 80

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 157
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

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: 206
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 170 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, there are 3,115 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 4, 2020 10:23 AM

Every New Mexican should have health care during the COVID-19 emergency – to help expedite that process there is a new online screening tool to help New Mexicans determine what health insurance coverage they may qualify for by answering a few simple questions, the state announced Thursday. It is available at: New Mexico Health Coverage Connector. The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance partnered with the New Mexico Human Services Department, beWellnm, and the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool to make the tool. “Our top priority is to make sure people have quality health coverage during COVID-19,” said Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal. “Sometimes it’s hard to know what type of coverage you qualify for, so we created a tool that asks a few simple questions to point you in the right direction.”The Medicaid program provides health insurance to more than 840,000 New Mexicans, or 42 percent of the state’s population.“Every New Mexican should have the security of health coverage to ensure they can get the medical care they need if they contract COVID-19,” said Abuko D. Estrada, Health Insurance Coverage Innovation Officer for the New Mexico Human Services Department, Medical Assistance Division. “If you are uninsured, apply for coverage. Medicaid and our partners will help you find the option that best meets your family’s needs during these unprecedented and challenging times.”To apply for Medicaid coverage, New Mexicans should start at yes.state.nm.us or call 1-855-637-6574. New Mexicans who qualify for Medicaid coverage may sign up any time of the year.New Mexico operates a state health insurance exchange, beWellnm. Individuals only have 60-days to sign up for health coverage on beWellnm after a job loss event where the individual’s health insurance was through their previous employer. The exchange enables people and small businesses to purchase health insurance with financial assistance to lower monthly premiums based on household income.“If you don’t qualify for Medicaid and you recently experienced a qualifying special enrollment circumstance, like job loss or income change due to COVID-19, call us at 1-833-862-3935 immediately. Time is of the essence. Once you experience a qualifying life change, there is a limited time to enroll in a plan through beWellnm.” said Jeffery Bustamante, Chief Executive Officer of beWellnm. “There is also premium assistance available to those who qualify, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you and proud to be partnering with the state to help you and your family find health coverage during this time.”

If you don’t qualify for Medicaid or coverage through beWellnm, everyone in New Mexico can get coverage through the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. To request an application call 1-844-728-7896. “It has never been more important that New Mexicans have health coverage,” said Debbie Armstrong, Executive Director of the NM Medical Insurance Pool. “The Pool is there for anyone who falls through the cracks. If you don’t qualify for other forms of coverage, we can make sure you are covered.”

June 3, 2020 5:36 PM

Virtual Town Hall – Resources for Reopening New Mexico Businesses

(Albuquerque, NM) – The New Mexico Departments of Economic Development, Workforce Solutions, and Environment, as well as the New Mexico Small Business Development Center have partnered to offer a series of Virtual Discussions for New Mexico Employers. The discussions are aimed at assisting businesses as they seek to reopen in compliance with Executive Health Orders.

The first of this series will take place on Monday, June 8th and will specifically address the needs of businesses with a high-level of customer engagement such as retail, sales, food service, lodging, etc.

Resources for the following activities will be discussed:
Staff recruitment and training needs
Training on how businesses can modify service delivery to comply with the public health orders
COVID-19 mitigation strategies and resources for securing PPE
Strategies and initiatives for bolstering consumer confidence

The Virtual Town Hall will be directly available to 1,000 participants, and can be accessed via Zoom meeting or by dialing in. Meeting information is provided to participants once they register for the event.

Department experts will be on hand to provide information on frequently asked questions regarding reopening and will be answering live questions asked during the Town Hall.

Virtual Town Hall
WHO: Economic Development Department, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, New Mexico Environment Department, and NMSBDC
WHAT: Virtual Town Hall for businesses with high-level customer engagement
WHERE: Register to attend the event at https://nm-reopen-town-hall.eventbrite.com
WHEN: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday, June 8th

June 3, 2020 5:33 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,140
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 122 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
28 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
8 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
37 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
25 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 375.

Previously reported numbers included six cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, two in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County) and one case in Santa Fe County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been identified as a New Mexico state resident and has been added to San Juan County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,140 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,524
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 147
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 56
Doña Ana County: 488
Eddy County: 23
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 10
McKinley County: 2,515
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 52
Roosevelt County: 41
Sandoval County: 575
San Juan County: 1,821
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 52
Taos County: 30
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 79

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 91
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 162
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 170 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, there are 3,013 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 3, 2020 5:04 PM

Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County

575-525-5801 • catherinez@donaanacounty.org

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager www.cityofanthonynm.com Board meeting 5:30 PM on Thursday.

City of Sunland Park No report.

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org A special meeting of the City Council will be held on Friday at 9:30 AM regarding the use of face coverings in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org One officer tested positive for COVID-19. He is on medical leave and under quarantine.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net Starting re-entry task force that will address communications, operations, health and safety, instruction, student support, athletics, and technology. Initial plan should be rolled out the first week of July. Mask distribution by DASO at Fairacres Elementary on June 11, 2020.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org Sheriff to hand out masks throughout the county.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention Nothing new to report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org No report.

Town of Mesilla Dorothy Sellers www.mesillanm.gov Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org Nothing new to report.

MountainView Regional Medical

Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com Nothing new to report.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency Nothing new to report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional

Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-

new-mexico-correctional-facility/ Nothing new to report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us Nothing new to report.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch

Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org No report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-

borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org Testing for Wednesday: · Sunland Park Public Health Office-8:30-11:30 · Las Cruces Public Health Office-8:30-4 Pm

June 3, 2020 4:25 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,140
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 122 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

28 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
8 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
37 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
25 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 375.

Previously reported numbers included six cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, two in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County) and one case in Santa Fe County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been identified as a New Mexico state resident and has been added to San Juan County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,140 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,524
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 147
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 56
Doña Ana County: 488
Eddy County: 23
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 10
McKinley County: 2,515
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 52
Roosevelt County: 41
Sandoval County: 575
San Juan County: 1,821
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 52
Taos County: 30
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 79

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 91
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

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: 162
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 170 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, there are 3,013 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 3, 2020 11:46 AM

Department of Health provides COVID-19 testing Thursdays at the Otero County Public Health Office

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health is providing COVID-19 virus screening every Thursday at the Otero County Public Health Office, 1207 8th St. in Alamogordo from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Testing is available by appointment only. Testing is also available at facilities that request testing on their premises. Please call (575) 437-9340, extension 4 to schedule.

COVID-19 testing is available to New Mexico residents regardless if they have COVID-19 symptoms or not. Residents, however, should particularly consider being tested if they have any combination of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

All testing is still FREE OF CHARGE to anyone getting the test, and anyone can get tested, whether they have insurance or not. Please remember to bring your insurance card with you when you get tested and to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread. If not traveling alone, also wearing facemasks can help to further reduce the chance spreading the virus to your passengers.

For more information visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 website, https://cv.nmhealth.org/, where we provide daily updates of case numbers, screening locations and the ability to access your test results online.

In addition, New Mexicans can continue to call with health-related questions to the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

June 3, 2020 11:46 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,024
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 227 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
30 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Valencia County
116 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 367.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Eddy County, one in Roosevelt County, one in San Juan County) – those have now been corrected. One case was previously reported in Bernalillo County and is now being correctly reported as being a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Penitentiary of New Mexico. Four cases were previously reported as being among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility and are now being correctly reported as being among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,024 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,499
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 51
Cibola County: 145
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 55
Doña Ana County: 479
Eddy County: 23
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 4
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 9
McKinley County: 2,480
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 49
Roosevelt County: 41
Sandoval County: 572
San Juan County: 1,813
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 148
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 52
Taos County: 30
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 77

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 66
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 162
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 182 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, there are 2,960 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 2, 2020 4:36 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,024
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 227 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
30 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Valencia County
116 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 367.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Eddy County, one in Roosevelt County, one in San Juan County) – those have now been corrected. One case was previously reported in Bernalillo County and is now being correctly reported as being a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Penitentiary of New Mexico. Four cases were previously reported as being among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility and are now being correctly reported as being among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,024 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,499
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 51
Cibola County: 145
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 55
Doña Ana County: 479
Eddy County: 23
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 4
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 9
McKinley County: 2,480
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 49
Roosevelt County: 41
Sandoval County: 572
San Juan County: 1,813
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 148
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 52
Taos County: 30
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 77

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 66
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 162
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 182 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, there are 2,960 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 1, 2020 7:42 PM

The City of Las Cruces voted to table Ordinance 2929 (regarding Face Coverings) at its Regular Meeting for today, June 1, 2020. Tabling the Ordinance will allow for additional comments from community members who may have been anticipating a vote on June 15th. The Ordinance will address additional situations for wearing face coverings such as all retail and commercial business, when utilizing taxi, ride share, and private car services. Some exemptions for the ordinance include when eating, drinking, for a child under the age of 3, and when wearing the face coverings would inhibit the individual’s health.

The special council meeting will also include a discussion from members of the New Mexico Department of Health. This interaction will allow the members of Council and the DOH to talk about the current sate of the public health emergency in Las Cruces and the County and the impact face masks and re-opening of businesses and services.

Also on the agenda will be a resolution to approve a grant acceptance in the amount of $42,480 from Children, Youth and Families Department, Inc. for the Juvenile Citation Program.

The Special City Council meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5. Those interested in providing comments/concerns/questions may contact the Mayor or Clerk for inclusion in public comments. Comments can be emailed to Mayor Ken Miagishima at mayor@las-cruces.org or Interim City Clerk Christine Rivera at crivera@las-cruces.org. Inclusion of comments is at the discretion of the Mayor.

June 1, 2020 5:44 PM

At a special meeting today, the Las Cruces City Council voted unanimously (0-7) against the extension of the emergency proclamation issued by Mayor Ken Miyagishima on Friday, May 29, providing guidance and information for the reopening of restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and nail and hair salons in Las Cruces.

The proclamation, set to expire today, June 1, is now defunct. The term of the Mayor’s emergency proclamations are 72 hours and City Council could have voted to extend it up to 14 days.

On March 27, City Council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.

The mayor issued the proclamation Friday alongside the Governor’s extension of New Mexico’s Public Health Order, with amendments to include guidance on the reopening of certain businesses.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.



June 1, 2020 4:40 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,800
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 113 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
1 new case in Curry County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
35 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
37 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 40s from McKinley County.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 30s in Otero County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 362.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in Bernalillo County that have been identified as duplicates and one case in Taos County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Two cases were previously reported in error among inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center – this has been corrected and those two cases are now correctly reported in Cibola County. There are currently zero cases among inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,800 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,486
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 143
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 53
Doña Ana County: 476
Eddy County: 24
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,451
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 48
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 568
San Juan County: 1,771
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 144
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 51
Taos County: 29
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 74

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 70
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 42
As of today, there are 191 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, there are 2,888 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 1, 2020 4:14 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,800
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 113 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
1 new case in Curry County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
35 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
37 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 40s from McKinley County.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 30s in Otero County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 362.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in Bernalillo County that have been identified as duplicates and one case in Taos County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Two cases were previously reported in error among inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center – this has been corrected and those two cases are now correctly reported in Cibola County. There are currently zero cases among inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,800 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,486
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 143
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 53
Doña Ana County: 476
Eddy County: 24
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,451
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 48
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 568
San Juan County: 1,771
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 144
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 51
Taos County: 29
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 74

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 70
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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: 42
As of today, there are 191 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, there are 2,888 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
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
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

June 1, 2020 1:55 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.



Regional updates:


City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Situational awareness in response to nation-wide protests. No significant events over the weekend; tentative mask distribution event Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Regular board meeting June 4 at 5:30, virtual. Details on website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


Issuing thermometers to department directors for temp checks. Will be bringing essential positions back to city hall.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Launched new COVID-19 interactive dashboard on the city’s website. More information can be found here:

http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2890



Special City Council meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. today to discuss emergency orders related to face coverings. More information can be found here:



https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=66





Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org




No updates related to COVID-19; remain vigilant towards potential protesting locally.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net


District employees and contractors are now required to attend a drive-through wellness check at six different sites.

Last week, NMAA board voted to allow practices to begin later this month.

School re-entry task force will be meeting to discuss what school will look like when classes start in August. More virtual learning will be made available.

School board work session at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

*Kelly Jameson announced today the leadership of the JIC will transition to Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County. Kelly will still represent LCPS on the JIC calls, which will now be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. until further notice.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to update Monday.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




Mask dissemination events will be going on all week; Sheriff drove to ABQ over the weekend to get additional supplies.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Continue to test detainee population.

Question about local lab testing to avoid delays. Brian Hartley with OEM will follow up.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org




Nothing new to report Monday.




Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov






Nothing new to report Monday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




A clarification regarding last week’s update to the visitor policy: Visitors at MMC are only for same-day surgical patients.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




No updates Monday.




New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




COVID-19 rapid response team launched last week, tasked with coordinating what’s needed for next semester and in the future. Phase 3 began this week of their Health Safety Plan. More can be found here: https://research.nmsu.edu/ReturntoResearch.html#phasesummary

Also, important dates have not changed with respect to studying at NMSU. Some important ones to note:

August 14 – Housing move-in

August 17 – Faculty return

August 18 – Convocation (this will happen online)

August 19 – Classes begin



New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Monday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Test sites for today and tomorrow confirmed. (See DOH section below)


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Monday.








State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing new to report Monday.




Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Nothing new to report Monday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org




Testing locations in the county today by our public health division:

June 1

Electronic Caregiver from 8 to 11 a.m.

Anthony Public Health Office, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Peak Behavioral Health, 7 to 11 a.m.

June 2

Chaparral, St. Thomas More Catholic Church (along with food distribution), 7:30 am. to noon

Las Cruces Public Health Office (for day care employees only), 4 to 7 p.m.

June 1, 2020 1:15 PM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday issued the following statement regarding the Peaceful Protests:

“I want to wholeheartedly commend the thousands of New Mexicans who peacefully protested in Albuquerque last night. Freedom of speech is an undeniable right of every American and every New Mexican, and in moments of crisis, in expressing anger at long-standing injustice and racism, that right is all the more important. These protesters were part of an exemplary demonstration.

“Later in the night, a small group took a wrong turn, and this is greatly concerning. We have received reports of shots fired at or in the direction of public safety officers – and this is flatly unacceptable. That sort of behavior is an attempt to distort the important work of the peaceful protesters – who have every right to demonstrate in peace – and puts both the protesters and public safety officers at risk. Those individuals, I have complete confidence, will be held accountable. There is no place in this moment for hijacking the protesters’ message of justice and non-violence.

“The president’s comments this morning were a dangerous step in this wrong direction. His effort to militarize the response to these protests will only serve to inflame the feelings of anger and injustice – and will give rise to additional opportunity for violence and chaos. I unequivocally reject his notion that physical or military force is the only worthwhile or effective response to these protests.

“The state of New Mexico will stand ready to assist local governments in facilitating peaceful protests. These protesters are giving voice to powerful and deep feelings about the unacceptable inequity and injustice woven into this country; their stand against racism is a worthy one; and I encourage them to continue demonstrating in a peaceful and safe fashion, remembering the urgent health risks of this moment. Lastly it is essential that I underscore the importance of not allowing that message to be distorted by the harmful actions of a few bad actors.”

June 1, 2020 9:18 AM

New Mexico’s emergency public health order has been extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices, among other changes

Restaurants may resume indoor seating at 50 percent maximum occupancy effective Monday, June 1. Bar and counter seating are still prohibited; to be served, customers must be seated at tables positioned at least 6 feet apart, per the amended emergency public health order, among other required and recommended COVID-Safe Practices.

Gyms also will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent occupancy among other restrictions – including that group fitness classes are not permitted – while indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage services may begin operating at 25 percent occupancy. Shopping mall food courts must remain closed, and loitering is prohibited. Salons and other personal-service businesses must operate on a by-appointment basis, per the amended order. Waiting rooms will remain closed; clients will not be allowed to enter until time for their appointment.

As they reopen, all businesses must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices for their industry, which can be found in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.” That document can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org or at the link provided here.

“Reopening our economy is not an invitation to forget about the risks of this virus – it is a mandate that we be more cautious and careful about our choices and decisions than ever before,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Just because you can go doesn’t mean you should. Ask yourself: Is this business operating with safe practices? When in doubt, err on the side of safety and stay home.”

The amended order becomes effective June 1 upon the expiration of the prior health order, dated May 15. Its provisions apply statewide – meaning the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, will operate under the same guidelines as the rest of the state. It will be effective for 30 days, through the end of June.

Also to be incorporated in the amended public health order:

Drive-in theaters may reopen under COVID-Safe Practices;
Nine additional state parks that reopened for day-use only as of Saturday, with five more opening Monday, some with capacity limits;
Hotels may operate at 50 percent of maximum occupancy under COVID-Safe Practices;
The 14-day quarantine order for airport arrivals has been amended to permit certain business travel under COVID-Safe Practices.
The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased reopening plan, which began by reopening the businesses and services that required the least personal contact. Moving from phase to phase depends on meeting certain benchmarks – called “gating criteria” – that measure steady progress toward containing spread of COVID-19. The state is currently in Phase 1 of that reopening plan. Later phases will include reopening theaters, casinos, museums, zoos and more.

“As we move forward in reopening our economy in a COVID-positive New Mexico, it’s critically important that everyone in our state keeps up the good work we’ve been doing by adopting COVID-19 Safe Practices as a new normal way of life. You know the drill: wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and STAY HOME if you are sick or have risk factors,” said Dr. David Scrase, secretary of the Human Services Department.

At gyms, swimming pools may reopen for lap swimming and lessons of up to two students; personal training is permitted for up to two trainees. Group fitness classes are still prohibited, as are sparring, grappling, wrestling and other forms of person-to-person contact training.

Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – remain temporarily closed, although breweries and wineries can do curbside pickup where permitted by their licenses.

Workers can make reports about suspected unsafe work environments in the state to nmenv-osha@state.nm.us.

The extended order leaves intact these earlier requirements:

Retailers and houses of worship may operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.
Face-coverings must be worn in public settings.
Mass gatherings and congregations are still unsafe and prohibited.
New Mexicans are still urged to stay home, especially if sick or in a high-risk group, and to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others if you must go out.
“With slow, safe, pragmatic and practical respect for this virus, we can safely reinitiate reopening the economy, but this only works if we respect that individuals have to do isolation, social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks. If we don’t do that, all of this changes,” the governor said.

“If we do too much all at once, we’ll see a rate of spread that will create problems,” the governor added. “Slow but methodical and practical is the best way to hold where we are and build. We don’t want to have to go backward and shut down a business or a geographic area. This is working. I think it’s tied largely to mask-wearing and staying home. It’s very behavior dependent.”

The New Mexico Department of Health and its partners continue to emphasize an expansion of testing, focusing in particular on correctional environments, tribal entities, long-term care facilities, homeless and domestic violence shelters and other congregant living sites, as well as workers in health care, utilities, grocery stores, restaurants and child care.

“This is very ambitious surveillance to get ahead of the virus,” Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

June 1, 2020 6:50 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,689
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 69 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
12 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
11 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
A second male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 356.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that were identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County); one case that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident in McKinley County; and one case in Taos County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,689 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,476
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 47
Cibola County: 141
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 52
Doña Ana County: 466
Eddy County: 22
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,415
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 47
Roosevelt County: 40
Sandoval County: 568
San Juan County: 1,733
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 142
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 74

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 70
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 182 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, there are 2,853 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
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
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

May 31, 2020 6:02 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,689
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 69 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
12 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
11 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
A second male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 356.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that were identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County); one case that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident in McKinley County; and one case in Taos County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,689 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,476
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 47
Cibola County: 141
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 52
Doña Ana County: 466
Eddy County: 22
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,415
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 47
Roosevelt County: 40
Sandoval County: 568
San Juan County: 1,733
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 142
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 74

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 70
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 182 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, there are 2,853 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 and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
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
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

May 31, 2020 11:06 AM

In a continuing effort to provide the public with the latest COVID-19 related data for Las Cruces and Dona Ana County, the City of Las Cruces has created a new, comprehensive web page with a variety of the latest essential data.

Information includes the use of cell phone data for real-time tracking of personal distancing in select areas within city limits with pre and post shelter in place counts, along with a daily count slider. Locations include Downtown Las Cruces, Mesilla Valley Mall and several retail stores.

The site also includes the interactive map by the New Mexico Department of Health that provides data by county and zip code about total cases, total deaths and total tests. Data also includes total number of tests performed, total hospitalizations and number of recoveries. Other charts on the site include breakdowns by the senior population, businesses, employees, those covered by health insurance, the number of available ICU beds and household data. Data from Johns Hopkins University is available as are helpful tips to stay healthy.

“We want to ensure our community has the most current, accurate and relevant information on a variety of coronavirus-related matters,” said Interim City Manager David Maestas. “This web page is easy to follow and contains a considerable amount of pertinent information. I highly encourage our community members to access the site often.”

The Las Cruces/ Dona Ana County dashboard can be found COVID19LasCruces.com or directly here

May 30, 2020 6:13 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,624
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 134 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

19 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in CibolaCounty
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
58 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
7 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A third male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had no underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 351.

Previously reported numbers included one case that was identified as a duplicate in Curry County; one case that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident in Sandoval County; one case has been added to the Torrance County Detention Facility; and one case in Valencia County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,624 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,464
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 45
Cibola County: 139
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 51
Doña Ana County: 460
Eddy County: 20
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,406
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 44
Roosevelt County: 38
Sandoval County: 566
San Juan County: 1,715
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 140
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 25
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 73

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 66
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 189 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, there are 2,835 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
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
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

May 30, 2020 5:31 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,624
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 134 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

19 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in CibolaCounty
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
58 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
7 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A third male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had no underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 351.

Previously reported numbers included one case that was identified as a duplicate in Curry County; one case that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident in Sandoval County; one case has been added to the Torrance County Detention Facility; and one case in Valencia County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,624 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,464
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 45
Cibola County: 139
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 51
Doña Ana County: 460
Eddy County: 20
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,406
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 44
Roosevelt County: 38
Sandoval County: 566
San Juan County: 1,715
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 140
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 25
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 73

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 66
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
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
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 189 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, there are 2,835 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 and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
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
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

May 29, 2020 6:36 PM

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today signed an emergency proclamation providing guidance and information for the reopening of restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and nail and hair salons in Las Cruces. The term of the proclamation is 72 hours and City Council can vote to extend it up to 14 days.


The emergency proclamation allows for increased public education to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide the City more effective and efficient oversight on the local level. Violations would constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The City prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive.

The mayor issued the proclamation on the heels of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Thursday, May 28, 2020 announcement of the extension of New Mexico’s Public Health Order. New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices.

The Mayor’s emergency proclamation allows for reopening of restaurants, theatres, gyms, and hair and nail salons provided they meet individual requirements for the type of business. All must require employees and staff to wear face coverings and have either hand sanitizer available at the entrance of the business or use of hand sanitizer before the beginning of particular salon services. The requirements may also consist of enforcing social distancing, appropriate to the business and it’s clients or customers. In the case of hair and nail salons, additional requirements will be enforced when face to face interactions are necessary. The Mayor’s Proclamation lists requirements specific to each business type.

On March 27, city council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.
The ordinance allows the council to authorize limited action in response to an emergency situation and to exercise their emergency powers through a proclamation. The term of the proclamation is three days but can be extended for up 14 days at a time.

On April 7, the mayor issued an emergency proclamation so that the City may have the potential to receive reimbursement for funding and programs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based on qualified expenses as federal assistance is ordered.

On April 10, city council extended the term of the emergency proclamation by 14 days. That order expired on April 24.

Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation 2020-03

May 29, 2020 5:04 PM

CITY OF LAS CRUCES PROCLAMATION OF EMERGENCY 2020-03


WHEREAS, pursuant to LCMC Art. Ill, Sec. 9-35, Emergency Declaration Ordinance, the Mayor has the has the authority to proclaim that a state of emergency exists in the municipality, after consultation with the emergency manager, chief of police, or fire chief; and
WHEREAS, such proclamation allows the Mayor to prohibit and/or require certain actions to maintain the public peace, health, welfare, or safety, and if desired, to request that the Governor of New Mexico proclaim a state of emergency pursuant to the Riot Control Act; and
WHEREAS, on April 7, 2020, an Emergency Proclamation was issued by Mayor Kenneth Miyagishima, and was extended and approved by the City Council on April 10, 2020 and again on April 24, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the Emergency Proclamations support and reiterate Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's Executive Orders tied to the public health emergency created by the novel coronavirus disease which has been referred to as " COVID -19"; and
WHEREAS, the Governor's Executive Orders and the City of Las Cruces Emergency Proclamations have been implemented as emergency measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the potentially devastating effects of the disease; and
WHEREAS, the City of Las Cruces continues to be supportive and cooperative with the Governor's Executive Orders and on May 28, 2020, the Governor issued guidelines for limited reopening for dine-in restaurants, indoor malls, gyms, salons and more; and
WHEREAS, in addition to the Governor's recently issued guidelines, the City issues the following requirements for the applicable busin esses.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Kenneth Miyagishima, Mayor of the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, hereby invoke LCMC Sections 9-35 through 9-41, to preserve the peace, health, welfare, and safety in the City of Las Cruces, consistent with the above guidance and information. In particular, I am invoking the following actions:
I. I order the following:
a. Requirements for restaurants:
1. Must utilize disposable menus;
2. No self-serve stations, i.e. Ketchup, Mustard etc.;
3. Tables to be sanitized after each party leaves;
4. Tables must be 8 feet apart on all sides;
5. Employees/Staff must wear face coverings;



(575) 541 - 2067 POST OFFICE Box 20000 LASCRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004

6. Maximum occupancy 25% inside and 50% first 30 days, then 50%/75%
respectively;
7. Must place hand sanitizer stands at all entrances.

b. Requirements for theaters:
1. Must disinfect entire auditorium after each showing, [Foggers are recommended];
2. Must skip every other row;
3. Patrons must maintain 8 feet distance, immediate family members may sit together (Max 6 people);
4. Must purchase tickets online only for the first 30 Days;
5. Employees/Staff must wear face coverings;
6. Maximum occupancy 25%;
7. Must place hand sanitizer stands at all entrances;
8. No self-serve stations, i.e. Ketchup, Mustard, Butter etc.

c. Requirements for gyms
1. Exercise machines only, no free weights;
2. Occupancy limited to number of stationary machines; for Example, 5 Treadmills, 5 exercise bikes, 5 stair masters, 5 elliptical machines (20 machines) will equal 20 person maximum;
3. Must place hand sanitizer stands at all entrances;
4. Employees/Staff must wear face coverings;
5. Machines must be wiped down or sanitized after every use.


d. Requirements for hair/ nail salons:
1. Must install plexiglass barriers around each workstation or provide 6 feet spacing between booths;
2. Must provide contactless payment and receipts;
3. Require clients to wear face coverings during service;
4. Recommended the use of face shields, in addition to appropriate face coverings by those employees providing shampoo services and other services requiring face-to-face interaction;
5. Recommended screening of employees and customers with a no-contact thermometer; individuals with a temperature reading above 100.4°F should be denied entry;
6. Recommended staggered work schedules to lower workplace density;
7. Sanitize exposed touchpoints after every individual appointment;
8. Recommended at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices.
9. No group appointments permitted.

10. Require clients to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before providing nail service;



II. Effective Date
I hereby declare that this Proclamation will become effective upon my signature and direct the City Manager to disseminate the contents hereof to the public by appropriate news media, government media and website, and other means availa ble.


Ill. Term.
This Proclamation of Emergency may be extended for such additional periods of time as determined necessary by Resolution of the Governing Body of the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

May 29, 2020 2:19 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – operations going well; no exposures to date. One call for social distancing violation. PPE supplies adequate. If anyone in the community of Anthony needs masks, please call the Anthony Police Department: 575-882-2769.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to update Friday, aside from same hours of operation in the main lobby. Business is by appointment only, except for early voting. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until further notice.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Nothing new to report on Friday.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

Monday is a regular meeting of city council, discussion for possible approval for face coverings by the public in businesses, facilities, public transportation. Special meeting immediately following. More information can be found here:

https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=66 ttps://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=139
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org



No updates Friday.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net


Nothing new to report. Next week should be talking about re-entry to school buildings.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing to update Friday. Mask dissemination event happened this morning. Distributed close to 3,000 masks.



Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to update Friday.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

Had one social distancing complaint yesterday; had assistance from County Mounted Patrol yesterday at food distribution site.





Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov





Nothing new to report Friday.





Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Will be adjusting which entrances patients will enter at the annex; will be going through main entrance. Monday, June 1 will be allowing one adult well visitor for surgical patients only. Every person entering the building is screened.



MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



No updates Friday.



New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



Nothing new to report Friday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Friday.



Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report; will be coordinating with DOH for added screenings in Hatch.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Friday.







State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Friday.



Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Friday.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org



Testing locations in the county today by our public health division:

Anthony – Cri Cri Day Care (retest, not open to public)
Chaparral – Public Health Office
Las Cruces – Public Health Office
Lordsburg – Public Health Office
Santa Teresa – Stampede Meat Packing Plant (retest, not open to public)



May 29, 2020 8:26 AM

Governor announces limited reopening for dine-in restaurants, indoor malls, gyms, salons and more
Amended emergency public health order effective June 1

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices, among other changes, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday.

Restaurants, which were allowed to offer limited outdoor dining on Wednesday, may resume indoor seating at 50 percent maximum occupancy effective Monday, June 1. Bar and counter seating are still prohibited; to be served, customers must be seated at tables positioned at least 6 feet apart, per the amended emergency public health order, among other required and recommended COVID-Safe Practices.

Gyms also will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent occupancy among other restrictions – including that group fitness classes are not permitted – while indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage services may begin operating at 25 percent occupancy. Shopping mall food courts must remain closed, and loitering is prohibited. Salons and other personal-service businesses must operate on a by-appointment basis, per the amended order. Waiting rooms will remain closed; clients will not be allowed to enter until time for their appointment.

As they reopen, all businesses must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices for their industry, which can be found in “ All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.” That document can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org or at the link provided here.

“Reopening our economy is not an invitation to forget about the risks of this virus – it is a mandate that we be more cautious and careful about our choices and decisions than ever before,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Just because you can go doesn’t mean you should. Ask yourself: Is this business operating with safe practices? When in doubt, err on the side of safety and stay home.”

The amended order becomes effective June 1 upon the expiration of the prior health order, dated May 15. Its provisions apply statewide – meaning the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, will operate under the same guidelines as the rest of the state. It will be effective for 30 days, through the end of June.

Also to be incorporated in the amended public health order:
Drive-in theaters may reopen under COVID-Safe Practices;
Nine additional state parks will reopen for day-use only beginning Saturday, with five more opening Monday, some with capacity limits;
Hotels may operate at 50 percent of maximum occupancy under COVID-Safe Practices;
The 14-day quarantine order for airport arrivals will be amended to permit certain business travel under COVID-Safe Practices.
The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased reopening plan, which began by reopening the businesses and services that required the least personal contact. Moving from phase to phase depends on meeting certain benchmarks – called “gating criteria” – that measure steady progress toward containing spread of COVID-19. The state is currently in Phase 1 of that reopening plan. Later phases will include reopening theaters, casinos, museums, zoos and more.

“As we move forward in reopening our economy in a COVID-positive New Mexico, it’s critically important that everyone in our state keeps up the good work we’ve been doing by adopting COVID-19 Safe Practices as a new normal way of life. You know the drill: wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and STAY HOME if you are sick or have risk factors,” said Dr. David Scrase, secretary of the Human Services Department.

At gyms, swimming pools may reopen for lap swimming and lessons of up to two students; personal training is permitted for up to two trainees. Group fitness classes are still prohibited, as are sparring, grappling, wrestling and other forms of person-to-person contact training.

Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – remain temporarily closed, although breweries and wineries can do curbside pickup where permitted by their licenses.

Workers can make reports about suspected unsafe work environments in the state to nmenv-osha@state.nm.us.

The extended order leaves intact these earlier requirements:
Retailers and houses of worship may operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.
Face-coverings must be worn in public settings.
Mass gatherings and congregations are still unsafe and prohibited.
New Mexicans are still urged to stay home, especially if sick or in a high-risk group, and to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others if you must go out.
“With slow, safe, pragmatic and practical respect for this virus, we can safely reinitiate reopening the economy, but this only works if we respect that individuals have to do isolation, social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks. If we don’t do that, all of this changes,” the governor said.

“If we do too much all at once, we’ll see a rate of spread that will create problems,” the governor added. “Slow but methodical and practical is the best way to hold where we are and build. We don’t want to have to go backward and shut down a business or a geographic area. This is working. I think it’s tied largely to mask-wearing and staying home. It’s very behavior dependent.”

The amended emergency public health order will be executed and disseminated Friday, May 29.

The New Mexico Department of Health and its partners continue to emphasize an expansion of testing, focusing in particular on correctional environments, tribal entities, long-term care facilities, homeless and domestic violence shelters and other congregant living sites, as well as workers in health care, utilities, grocery stores, restaurants and child care.

“This is very ambitious surveillance to get ahead of the virus,” Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

May 28, 2020 4:40 PM

State seeks applicants for contact-tracing jobs

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health and the State Personnel Office began accepting applications Friday to fill 200 to 250 contact-tracing positions around the state as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic moves into the next phase.

The positions range from entry-level through supervisory. Work will be done remotely, and hiring will be done virtually. Qualifications include experience in a health-related field or work with communities on social service matters, social work or case management.

Those hired will work with approximately 150 Health Department personnel already engaged in contact tracing, many of whom have been temporarily reassigned from other public health roles in the department.

Those hired will be assigned to one of five regional contact-tracing teams statewide, with larger teams deployed to the regions with higher numbers of cases.

Additional positions are likely to become available over the summer as New Mexico continues to increase contact-tracing capacity.

The goal is to ensure that every individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, isolated, monitored and supported through the isolation period and that all known contacts are also contacted, tested for COVID-19 and monitored.

Effective and timely case investigation and contact tracing are central to New Mexico’s effort to contain the virus and move into each of our three phases of economic recovery.

To apply for a contact-tracing position, applicants should log into the State Personnel Office website at spo.state.nm.us and navigate to “View Job Opportunities and Apply” at the top right. The contact tracing positions will be at the top of the state job listings.

May 28, 2020 4:39 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,364
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 108 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
51 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
18 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
3 new case in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 20s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 335.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (two in Bernalillo County, one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County) – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include eight cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents that have since been identified as New Mexico residents and have been added (two in Bernalillo County, four in McKinley County, two in San Juan County). Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,364 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,434
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 42
Cibola County: 136
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 51
Doña Ana County: 442
Eddy County: 21
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,291
Otero County: 18
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 41
Roosevelt County: 37
Sandoval County: 556
San Juan County: 1,662
San Miguel County: 14
Santa Fe County: 138
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 33
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 73

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 55
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 17
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: 42
As of today, there are 196 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, there are 2,684 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
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
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
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
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
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
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
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
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.

May 28, 2020 12:51 PM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts, public health order

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today, Thursday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and related emergency public health orders.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts
WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 3 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican will be available after the press conference here.

May 28, 2020 12:05 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net


OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:


City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – unavailable Thursday.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to update Thursday.


City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


Nothing new to report on Thursday.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org


A Resolution Extending the Term for the Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation is on the next special City Council meeting following Monday’s regular meeting at 1 p.m. June 1. More information can be found here:

https://lascruces.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/5803?preview=7689&splitscreen=true



Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report Thursday.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net


Nothing new to report.


Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to report.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




Sheriff will be handing out cloth face masks from 9;30 to 11 at DASO Friday, limit of 5 masks per car.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Nothing new to update Thursday.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org


Food drive going on today, some residents heard there was COVID-19 screening. Brian to coordinate with Amanda from OEM.






Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov






Nothing new to report Thursday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Nothing new to report Thursday.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




No report Thursday.




New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




Working on plans for re-entry for fall semester; substantial communications initiative underway. More details forthcoming next week.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Thursday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Nothing new to report; will be coordinating with DOH for added screenings in Hatch.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Thursday .








State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing new to report Thursday.




Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Nothing new to report Thursday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org




Testing locations in the county today by our public health division:

Anthony – Cri Cri Day Care (retest – not public)

Chaparral – Public Health Office

Hatch – Our Lady of All Nations Catholic Church (food bank and public community event)

Las Cruces – Public Health Office

Lordsburg – Public Health Office

Santa Teresa – Stampede Meat Packing Plant (retest)

May 28, 2020 10:26 AM

“Mask Madness” voting opens
Statewide competition to highlight New Mexicans’ creative face-coverings

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced that the first round of voting has opened for New Mexico Mask Madness, a statewide competition intended to highlight the creativity and artistic ability of New Mexicans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Mexicans can cast a vote for their favorite masks once a day online here.

Seeding-round voting will be open through the end of Wednesday, June 3. The top vote-getters will be seeded into brackets and New Mexicans will be able to vote for their favorite mask in each match up until a champion is crowned – and a prize is awarded to the best mask in New Mexico!

Per the New Mexico Department of Health public health emergency order effective May 16, all New Mexicans are required to wear a mask or face covering in public settings, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements. New Mexicans can make their own mask easily – see a tutorial video here. New Mexicans can also request a face covering from the state here.

Stay home. Don’t gather with people. And wear a mask to protect your community and slow the spread of COVID-19.

May 28, 2020 10:19 AM

NMSU researchers launch survey on COVID-19 impact on food security, access
DATE: 05/27/2020
WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Stephanie Rogus, 817-253-9624, srogus@nmsu.edu
A group of researchers from New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico have launched a survey to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the food system, food access and affordability in the state.

The survey was originally developed by a research team at the University of Vermont and Johns Hopkins University, and adapted for New Mexico to better understand the impact of the global pandemic on food security and access among New Mexicans.

The survey is open to all New Mexico residents 18 and older. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, and participants will be entered into a raffle to win one of 50 $25 grocery store gift cards. The researchers’ goal is to reach as many people in New Mexico as possible in order to understand how residents are responding to the pandemic, how the food system has been affected, and additional needs in order to inform pandemic-related policy efforts.

The survey may be accessed in English at https://foodaccessandsecurityenglish.questionpro.com, or in Spanish at https://acesnmsu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87VroW6YXbFqqyx. More information may also be found at the survey’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/New-Mexico-Survey-Impacts-of-the-Coronavirus-on-Food-Security-and-Access-105470201150461/.

For questions or more information, contact principal investigator Stephanie Rogus at srogus@nmsu.edu or 817-253-9624.

May 28, 2020 10:18 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,252
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 127 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
24 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
13 new cases in Doña Ana County
33 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
37 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among federal detainees held by ICE at the Torrance County Detention Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 20s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 329.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in San Juan County) and three cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, two in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,252 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,383
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 42
Cibola County: 134
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 50
Doña Ana County: 439
Eddy County: 19
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,270
Otero County: 17
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 38
Roosevelt County: 37
Sandoval County: 551
San Juan County: 1,642
San Miguel County: 14
Santa Fe County: 137
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 33
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 73

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: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 54
Otero County Processing Center: 92​
Torrance County Detention Facility: 17
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: 42
As of today, there are 210 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, there are 2,638 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
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
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.

May 28, 2020 9:09 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Nothing new to report today; operations going well.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to report Wednesday.




City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


About to finalize phone system that automate information for inbound calls to the city, including DOH info. Should be up this week.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net


LCPS employees will have appointment-based testing on May 29 at DOH building on Solano.

Posting summer events on websites, along with board meeting updates.

Board highlights will be posted from livestream.


Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to report.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




Nothing new to report.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




COVID-19 testing still underway for staff and contractors, followed by detainee population. Expected to continue through next week.






Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.






Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov






Nothing new to report Wednesday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




Nothing new to report Wednesday.




New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




No report Wednesday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Wednesday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Presentation will be given to LC city council on Friday.

There were previous reports of COVID-19 testing being conducted at the Truckstops of America today. That is inaccurate information; there is no testing being conducted there today




Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Wednesday.








State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing new to report Wednesday.




Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org




Testing locations in the county today by our public health division:

Anthony – Public Health Office

Las Cruces – Detention Center (not open to the public)

Las Cruces – Discovery Daycare (re-tests, not open the public)

Las Cruces – NMSU

Las Cruces – Public Health Office

Socorro – Public Health Office

Sunland Park – Public Health Office

Sunland Park – Stampede Meat Plant (re-tests, not open to the public)

May 26, 2020 4:13 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools 575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.



Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Received 2,000 cloth masks from OEM. Operations going as planned.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Board meeting on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (virtual).


City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

No updates Tuesday.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Special city council meeting today at 1 p.m., with an item on the agenda related to how COVID-19 has affected our economy. More information can be found here: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=133
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

No updates Tuesday.
Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Will be featuring weekly op-ed articles in the Las Cruces Sun-News on district-related news.

May 29, 6:30 to 10 a.m. will be conducting screenings for district staff at the DOH. Most employees are still working from home. Extremely modified protocols at central office for those who are cleared for entry.
Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Plans are underway for reopening the government center; will be conducting COVID-19 testing for employees on June 5.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

No updates Tuesday.


Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



This week will be testing adult facility officers and a portion of the detainee population. Starts today through Friday and possibly into next week.




Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing to report.




Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

No updates Tuesday.










Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



No updates Tuesday.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



No report Tuesday.








New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

No report Tuesday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new Tuesday.





Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Issued over 9,000 cloth masks to the community for those who do not have them. Continue to monitor regional hospital resources. Are currently at a 3% rate of those who are tested are positive. As numbers are rising, are still staying at the same rate of infection.
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing to report.






State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing to report Tuesday.





Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



No updates Tuesday.






U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Doña Ana County – today only: Chaparral – Public Health Office La Mesa – Food Distribution Site, will test families seeking food services. Las Cruces – Dona Ana County Detention Center Las Cruces – Public Health Office Mesquite – Food Distribution Site, will test families seeking food services.

May 26, 2020 4:02 PM

State announces soft reopening for dine-in restaurants
Restaurants may provide outdoor or patio services
where available beginning Wednesday

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday, May 27.

Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited. New Mexico is on target for a June 1 reopening of those services under a limited capacity per fire code occupancy restrictions – however, New Mexico health officials continue to monitor the rate of transmission in the state’s southwestern public health region, which if unchecked could preclude further reopenings in that region. The amended public health order does not apply to the northwestern public health region.

Under the amended public health order, which is attached and will be effective Wednesday, May 27, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. The following stipulations apply:
No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated.
Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another.
No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table.
No bar or counter seating is permitted.
Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present. Bars may continue to operate for take-out and delivery if permitted under their applicable licenses.

“Our priority throughout this public health crisis has been the safety and health and well-being of New Mexicans, and this modification of the emergency public health order aligns with that mandate while providing an opportunity for restaurants to begin preparing for a wider reopening next week,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “We continue to see sustained, consistent progress in our fight against this virus, which is a credit to the New Mexicans who have amended their behavior to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. I greatly look forward to being able to continue to ease the restrictions imposed on us by this heinous virus – provided that we continue on the right track and New Mexicans take every necessary precaution, whether in an individual capacity or as a business-owner or employee.”

“The New Mexico Restaurant Association is happy with the Governor's decision to allow a soft opening, of outdoor dining, for restaurants on May 27,” said Carol Wight, the association’s chief executive. “We believe this will provide restaurants the opportunity to ease back into the swing of things while taking the time to properly train staff and implement COVID-19 safe procedures effectively, before fully opening to the public on June 1.

“At this time we ask our industry partners in Doña Ana County to seriously consider refraining from participation in this soft opening,” Wight added. “The rate of transmission is considerably higher in this area and in order for everyone to be able to safely reopen soon, the NMRA would like restaurants in this area to forgo the May 27 date and work hard to slow the spread for the June 1 reopening of our industry.”

COVID-safe practices for restaurants are available here and will be adhered to under any broader reopening that could take place early next week upon the expiration of the current emergency public health order.

The emergency public health order mandates compliance with COVID-Safe Practices for Restaurants, which have been updated with an adjustment related to contact tracing. The requirement is as follows:

“To support contract tracing, offer all customers who visit the establishment with the opportunity to record their name and phone number or email address, along with the date and time of their visit, and retain such records for no less than four weeks from the date of collection.”

All COVID-Safe Practices can be found in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers”, which can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org at the link provided here. (The document includes COVID-Safe Practices for salons, spas, and tattoo parlors, although those are not yet permissible, in order to allow these establishments to prepare for what practices will be required upon a later limited re-opening.)

The amended public health order – which otherwise remains the same, meaning other close-contact facilities and outdoor recreation facilities must remain closed – will not apply to the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan. That public health region remains under the May 5, 2020, public health order but is on track to move ahead into broader reopenings beginning June 1.

The public health order dated May 15, 2020, can be found here.

The amended public health order is attached. It will be executed Wednesday, May 27.

May 26, 2020 3:54 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,130
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
3 new cases in Curry County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
22 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Taos County
12 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
14 new cases among federal detainees held by ICE at the Torrance County Detention Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 80s from Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 325.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County) and one case in San Juan County has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,130 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,362
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 42
Cibola County: 130
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 49
Doña Ana County: 428
Eddy County: 19
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,236
Otero County: 17
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 37
Roosevelt County: 36
Sandoval County: 546
San Juan County: 1,605
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 133
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 73

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: 52
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 16
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: 42
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 211 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, there are 2,564 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.

May 25, 2020 8:14 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,026
Update includes three additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 93 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
13 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
16 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Lea County
25 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Monday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 320.

Previously reported numbers included: nine cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Luna County, two in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County, two in San Juan County, one in Taos County); one case in San Juan County that has been identified as not being lab confirmed; and one case in Santa Fe County that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident but has been identified as a New Mexico resident and has been added to Doña Ana County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,026 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,347
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 40
Cibola County: 129
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 46
Doña Ana County: 423
Eddy County: 19
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,215
Otero County: 14
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 37
Roosevelt County: 36
Sandoval County: 544
San Juan County: 1,581
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 133
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 23
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: 51
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: 42
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 216 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, there are 2,522 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.

May 24, 2020 7:27 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,943
Update includes nine additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday 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 male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A third female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual 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, 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, 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.

May 24, 2020 9:09 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,795
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 175 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

16 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Curry County
22 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Lea County
44 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
11 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
26 new cases new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized. The individual was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 308.

Previously reported numbers included: five cases that were identified as duplicates (3 cases in Bernalillo County, 1 case in McKinley County and 1 case in Valencia County); two cases that has since been determined to be an out-of-state residents ( 1 case in Doña Ana County, and 1 case in McKinley County); one case previously consider to be out-of-state has been identified as a San Juan County resident; one case has been added to the Torrance County Detention Facility – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,795 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,326
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 36
Cibola County: 122
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 46
Doña Ana County: 391
Eddy County: 17
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: 2,128
Otero County: 12
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 36
Roosevelt County: 33
Sandoval County: 534
San Juan County: 1,533
San Miguel County: 11
Santa Fe County: 130
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 23
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 69

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: 40

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 208 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, there are 2,357 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.

May 22, 2020 5:32 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero Counties as of May 21, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.):


Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 44 149 105




COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 6





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 12 84 72








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing to report Friday.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – nothing new to report.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Nothing new to report.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

Based on the Phase I re-opening plan of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department approved by City Council and aligned with New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s extended public health emergency order and public safety guidelines, all city parks will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday, except for a few specialty areas and trails. More information can be found here: http://las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2850
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report; no major incidents reported following yesterday’s senior celebrations at the Field of Dreams.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net



Administration will be organizing a Re-Entry Task Force to address post-pandemic classroom plans. The task force will include LCPS staff, teachers, city/county representatives, a board member and resident representatives.
Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



No report Friday.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org


Nothing new to report Friday.

May 22, 2020 4:00 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,625
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 160 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
42 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
9 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
44 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
1 new case in Sandoval County
41 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Friday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque.
A second female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque.
A third female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 302.

Previously reported numbers included: five cases that were identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, two in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County); one case in McKinley County that was not lab confirmed; and one case in McKinley County that has since been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,625 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,313
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 35
Cibola County: 122
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 45
Doña Ana County: 370
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 21
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,086
Otero County: 12
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 36
Roosevelt County: 31
Sandoval County: 529
San Juan County: 1,490
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 129
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 70

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: 39
Otero County Processing Center: 66
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
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: 40
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 210 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, there are 2,149 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.

May 22, 2020 2:50 PM

City Council Creates Las Cruces Economic Recovery Board

At a special meeting today, the Las Cruces City Council created the Las Cruces Economic Recovery Board (LCERB.) The purpose of the board is to advise the mayor and City Council on strategies for gradually reopening the Las Cruces economy affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in a smart, safe, and effective manner that fits the needs of Las Cruces.

The LCERB will work in alignment with the New Mexico Economic Recovery Council (NMERC) created by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on April 22. The NMERC is a 15-member panel representing the state’s business community, including leaders from high-tech industries, tourism and hospitality, film, construction, energy, agriculture, and locally based retail.

“While my fellow councilors and I applaud the governor for establishing the NMEC to help establish strategies for gradually reopening businesses statewide, we feel the council lacks adequate representation from the southern part of the state. So, we took the initiative to form our own board with local representation to help us formulate strategies specific to Las Cruces,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “I want to thank Councilor Johana Bencomo for recognizing that as the second largest city in New Mexico, we need to develop our own economic recovery plan in order to move forward.”

The LCERB will consist of 14-members including one member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union; one member from a local nonprofit organization; one member from the healthcare sector; one member of Workforce Solutions; one member from mental/behavioral health sector; seven business owners, with one each selected by a councilor as a member from their district; one member from the Business Recovery Committee convened by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and one member who is an employee from the business community.

The LCERB is an ad-hoc board that will be dissolved following the full reopening of the Las Cruces economy.

May 22, 2020 2:49 PM

State seeks applicants for contact-tracing jobs

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health and the State Personnel Office began accepting applications Friday to fill 200 to 250 contact-tracing positions around the state as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic moves into the next phase.

The positions range from entry-level through supervisory. Work will be done remotely, and hiring will be done virtually. Qualifications include experience in a health-related field or work with communities on social service matters, social work or case management.

Those hired will work with approximately 150 Health Department personnel already engaged in contact tracing, many of whom have been temporarily reassigned from other public health roles in the department.

Those hired will be assigned to one of five regional contact-tracing teams statewide, with larger teams deployed to the regions with higher numbers of cases.

Additional positions are likely to become available over the summer as New Mexico continues to increase contact-tracing capacity.

The goal is to ensure that every individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, isolated, monitored and supported through the isolation period and that all known contacts are also contacted, tested for COVID-19 and monitored.

Effective and timely case investigation and contact tracing are central to New Mexico’s effort to contain the virus and move into each of our three phases of economic recovery.

To apply for a contact-tracing position, applicants should log into the State Personnel Office website at spo.state.nm.us and navigate to “View Job Opportunities and Apply” at the top right. The contact tracing positions will be at the top of the state job listings.

May 22, 2020 12:34 PM

The New Mexico Department of Health and the State Personnel Office began accepting applications Friday to fill 200 to 250 contact-tracing positions around the state as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic moves into the next phase.

The positions range from entry-level through supervisory. Work will be done remotely, and hiring will be done virtually. Qualifications include experience in a health-related field or work with communities on social service matters, social work or case management.

Those hired will work with approximately 150 Health Department personnel already engaged in contact tracing, many of whom have been temporarily reassigned from other public health roles in the department.

Those hired will be assigned to one of five regional contact-tracing teams statewide, with larger teams deployed to the regions with higher numbers of cases.

Additional positions are likely to become available over the summer as New Mexico continues to increase contact-tracing capacity.

The goal is to ensure that every individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, isolated, monitored and supported through the isolation period and that all known contacts are also contacted, tested for COVID-19 and monitored.

Effective and timely case investigation and contact tracing are central to New Mexico’s effort to contain the virus and move into each of our three phases of economic recovery.

To apply for a contact-tracing position, applicants should log into the State Personnel Office website at spo.state.nm.us and navigate to “View Job Opportunities and Apply” at the top right. The contact tracing positions will be at the top of the state job listings.


May 22, 2020 8:57 AM

PUBLIC REMINDED TO STAY VIGILANT OVER THE HOLIDAY

The Joint Information Center (JIC) is advising Doña Ana County residents to stay vigilant and observe COVID-19 safety precautions over the Memorial Day holiday.

The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally reserved for family gatherings and travel, but with area parks and recreation sites still closed due to the pandemic, the JIC is discouraging residents from gathering in large groups or unnecessary travel.

Under New Mexico’s current public health order, continued social distancing and self-isolation measures are necessary to protect public health. The order advises all New Mexicans to stay at home except for food, prescriptions, or medical treatment. Following the recent order, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham advised that face coverings are now required in public and retail spaces.

County residents who live near the southern border with Texas are strongly encouraged to avoid travelling to the El Paso area, as positive cases in El Paso County continue to spike. The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) is currently monitoring hotspots in Sunland Park and Chaparral, where the number of positive cases is currently more than half of all positive cases countywide. As of Thursday, there were 322 reported cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 193 of those reportedly in the Chaparral, Sunland Park and Santa Teresa areas. Numbers are subject to change when the DOH releases their daily case numbers. Updated information can be found on the department’s data dashboard, www.cv.nmhealth.org.

Community testing at Memorial Medical Center, under the direction of the DOH, will be closed to the public on Monday, May 25 observance of the Memorial Day holiday. According to the DOH, a test-and-go site will be operational on Monday at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 North Solano, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The current public health order is in effect until May 31. A copy of the order can be found here.

May 21, 2020 7:04 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,472
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 163 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
22 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
40 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Lea County
39 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
4 new cases new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
19 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
Note: the May 20th COVID-19 case update erroneously reported “1 new case in Torrance County” – there were zero new cases reported in Torrance County by NMDOH on May 20th. We regret the error.

The Department of Health on Thursday also reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque.
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 90s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 294.

Previously reported numbers included nine cases that were identified as duplicates (3 in Bernalillo County, 4 in McKinley County, 1 in Santa Fe County, 1 in Valencia County); and one case in San Juan County that was not lab confirmed. Previously reported numbers did not include two cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents that have since been determined to be in-state residents and have been added (1 in San Juan County, 1 in Cibola County). These errors have now been corrected, and including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,472 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,273
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 34
Cibola County: 113
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 44
Doña Ana County: 362
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 21
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,044
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 36
Roosevelt County: 26
Sandoval County: 528
San Juan County: 1,451
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 127
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 69

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: 39
Otero County Processing Center: 66
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
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: 40
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 205 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, there are 2,041 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
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
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
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
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 21, 2020 12:01 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Updates (Includes Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Lincoln, Luna, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties as of 5/20/2020 at 12:00 p.m.):
View Chart in another format here:
http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2846

Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 44 149 105




COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 5





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 11 85 74




Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager –Board meeting today at 2 p.m., information on website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Official extension of emergency declaration was issued by the Mayor.

SPPF was participating with Head Start transition celebration, positive feedback from the community.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

City parks remain closed over the holiday. More information can be found here: http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2843
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org



No update Thursday.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

The Mayfield senior celebration kicked off at 9 a.m.; five additional events will happen today and tomorrow as commencement ceremonies were postponed due to the pandemic. K-5 Plus canceled for the summer; expected to return in the summer of 2021. LCPS is working with the DOH for appointment-based testing of all staff who wishes to be screened. Kelly is working on an internal communication piece for staff, can make it available to anyone in the JIC who might find it helpful.
Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org


Nothing new to report Thursday.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

Nothing new to report Thursday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report Thursday.






Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new for Thursday.
Drive-through graduation will take place at Hatch Valley High Friday at 6 p.m.



Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov


Nothing new to report Thursday.









Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org


Reminder: will not have drive-through testing with DOH on Monday.





MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.








New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

Large-scale testing reports 12 positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. More information can be found here: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/14245/covid-19-cases-at-nmsu-identified-following-large-scale-testing-event
No other test dates anticipated at this time.



New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.







Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Jacquie: In response to a recent KVIA story that El Paso hospitals are “at capacity”, an audit determined that facilities in the El Paso region have an average of 80 to 100 beds available daily. Hospitals are conducting centralized reporting of bed and ICU availability. The current remote location, with a six-room, 18 bed facility ready to go as part of a diversion plan, is not in use currently.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Thursday.







State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us





Nothing new to report Thursday.





Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



No report Thursday.








U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Testing sites today:
Anthony – Cradles and Crayons Day Care
Chaparral – Public Health Office
Garfield – Catholic Church and food distribution
Las Cruces – Public Health Office
A complete list of test sites can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html

May 20, 2020 4:41 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,317
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 134 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
30 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
25 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
25 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
19 new cases new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the San Juan Center facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 283.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents (2 in Roosevelt County and 1 in McKinley County) and six cases that were identified as duplicates (1 in Bernalillo County, 2 in McKinley County, 1 among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility, 1 in San Juan County, and 1 in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,317 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,254
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 32
Cibola County: 111
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 44
Doña Ana County: 322
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 18
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,009
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 33
Roosevelt County: 26
Sandoval County: 520
San Juan County: 1,432
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 127
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 69

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: 38
Otero County Processing Center: 62
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
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: 21
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 206 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, there are 1,985 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
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
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
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
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 20, 2020 2:09 PM

Memorial Day Holiday Changes LCPD Station Hours

The Las Cruces Police Department’s Station Office will be closed on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday but will be open for records and evidence pickup on Tuesday, May 26.

The Station Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for records and to file non-emergency reports in person. Those who wish to pick up evidence can do so from 8-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and again from 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Because of the Covid-19 public health emergency, the Station Office is closed the rest of the week.

Since March 18, the Las Cruces Police Department’s Station Office has been working a reduced-hours schedule to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Motor vehicle crash reports are still available online at policereports.lexisnexis.com/. Residents with questions or concerns, or who wish to report minor incidents, can call Central Dispatch, at (575) 526-0795, or the station office at (575) 528-4127. Telephone calls to LCPD’s Station Office can be made from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents who need to file an incident report should do the following:
Emergency: call 911.
Non-emergency: call (575) 526-0795.
Some minor incidents can be reported online by visiting www.las-cruces.org/153/Police and clicking the “File a Police Report Online” tab. Reports that can be filed online include incidents of graffiti, vandalism, lost property, theft of property or theft from a motor vehicle.

The Las Cruces Police Department encourages the public to heed recommendations set forth by state and federal officials on social distancing – and wearing a mask or face-covering in public – to help reduce the transmissions of coronavirus.

May 20, 2020 11:06 AM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 4 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Albuquerque Journal will be available after the press conference here.

May 20, 2020 9:14 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Updates (to Include Dona Ana Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero Counties) as of 5/19/2020 at 2:30 p.m.:
Following Chart best viewed at this link:

http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2834
Currently in Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 50 149 99




COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 5





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 11 85 74








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Nothing new to report today.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager –Board meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m., information on website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Southern NM COVID emergency food project in parking lot of city hall. Expected to have 250+ residents in Sunland Park. SPPD will assist with crowd control. Happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rep. Lara, Sen. Cervantes coordinated.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Council met yesterday, extended Mayor’s emergency proclamation on face coverings through May 31. Special council meeting scheduled for May 22. Includes COVID discussion with mayors from Sunland Park and Anthony. More information can be found here:



Mayor Extends Emergency Proclamation on Facemasks

http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2825
Special Council Meeting - May 22, 2020 - Meeting with Mayors of Sunland Park and Anthony. 9:30 a.m. Friday (On our call I said "after regularly scheduled meeting" in error - the time is corrected in this link).

https://lascruces.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/5803?preview=7522


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report today.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net



Board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. available via livestream. Prepping for senior celebrations on Thursday and Friday.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.







Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report Tuesday.





Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Back online with community testing this morning, tent has been moved to the back lot. Public is asked to enter through Terrace Drive. Information has been posted on social media. Will not be testing on Monday (Memorial Day).



MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing new to report Tuesday.





New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



No report Tuesday.



New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Tuesday.





Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



No report Tuesday.





Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Tuesday.







State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Tuesday.







Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.





U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

A complete list of test sites can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html



May 19, 2020 7:36 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,192
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 104 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
9 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
35 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 276.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents (1 in Bernalillo County and 2 in San Juan County); four cases that were identified as duplicates (1 in Bernalillo County, 1 in Doña Ana County, 1 in McKinley County, and 1 among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility); and one case in Taos County that was determined to be a false positive – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,192 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,225
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 31
Cibola County: 108
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 43
Doña Ana County: 319
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 18
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,987
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 33
Roosevelt County: 27
Sandoval County: 498
San Juan County: 1,408
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 126
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 68

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: 38
Otero County Processing Center: 43
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
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: 21
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 204 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, there are 1,882 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
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
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 18, 2020 5:28 PM



At a special meeting today, the Las Cruces City Council voted to extend the emergency proclamation issued by Mayor Ken Miyagishima on Friday, May 15, that requires all members of the public, with some exceptions, to wear a face covering when inside, in line to enter, or utilizing a City building, property or facility, including City parks. The proclamation, set to expire today, May 18, is now in effect through May 31.

Under the City’s Emergency Proclamation Ordinance approved by the City Council on March 27, emergency proclamations are in effect for 72 hours and may be extended by City Council for 14 days. The current extension runs concurrent with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order 2020-030 and will automatically extend until the state’s public health order is rescinded.

The emergency proclamation allows for increased public education of the importance of face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide the City more enforcement control on the local level. Violations would constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The City prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive. 

Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made, or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.  

May 18, 2020 4:21 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,096
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 165 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
10 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
15 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
2 new cases in Lea County
67 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
2 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
21 new cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the Otero County Prison Facility​
The Department of Health on Monday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County.
A female in her 30s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 270.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents (1 in Bernalillo County, 1 in McKinley County, and 2 in San Juan County); two cases that were identified as duplicates (1 in Bernalillo County and 1 in McKinley County); and one case in Santa Fe County that was determined to be a false positive – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,096 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,218
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 31
Cibola County: 103
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 41
Doña Ana County: 309
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 18
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,953
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 33
Roosevelt County: 27
Sandoval County: 495
San Juan County: 1,376
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 124
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 23
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 68

The Department of Health currently reports at 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: 38
Otero County Processing Center: 43
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
The Department of Health currently reports 21 COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the Otero County Prison Facility.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, 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, there are 1,796 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
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
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 18, 2020 12:39 PM

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Updates (as of 5/18/2020 11 a.m.)
Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties

(Chart below best viewed by coping and pasting this link)

las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2822

Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability Total ICU Capacity 45 149 104



COVID Patient hospitalization

POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 4





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 13 84 71





Regional updates:




City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – monitoring testing at St. Anthony church, food drive at 11 a.m. today.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City is open with limited services as of today. Also open for early voting. MVD is by appointment only. Updated information can be found on the City’s website.


City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


As of today, will implement city-wide temperature monitoring for staff. Working on policy with city manager requiring all employees to have a temp check upon arrival.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report. Early voting continues Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 30.


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


Posted a video on the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing.

Transitioning staff back into PD offices.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




Tomorrow the board meets at 6 p.m., meeting is available online via livestream. Last day for students is May 20, teachers on May 21. Senior celebrations will be the 21st and 22nd.


Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to report Monday.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




Nothing new to report Monday.






Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Friday started to provide masks to out-processing detainees.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org




Village will open this week, with some limitations. More information forthcoming.






Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov




Nothing new to report Monday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Community testing: will be moving the white tent to the back parking lot. Lacking kits from the state, which means there won’t be community testing in the parking lot until those arrive. Outside testing is under the direction of the DOH; testing inside is ongoing and not affected by test deficit outside.






MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




Nothing new to report Monday.






New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




NMSU wrapped up its spring semester, commencement happened virtually over the weekend.






New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Monday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Several people in the community were observed not adhering to the public health order by wearing required face coverings. Will push out information through the county for wide dissemination.






Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Monday.








State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Requesting donations of magazines, books, puzzles, coloring books, or any craft items for residents in nursing homes.

Clara Murphy with UHC worked with Distinguished Choice Insurance to donate iPods to a nursing homes for residents.






Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Saturday, MVRDA began tracking reports of people not wearing face coverings. In total, 14 calls were handled related to that complaint; 8 were related to large gatherings and six were vendors who were not wearing the required face coverings.






U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


A complete list of test sites can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html



May 16, 2020 5:37 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,847
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 190 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

14 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
16 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lincoln County
77 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
12 new cases in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 259.

Previously reported numbers included 3 cases that were previously reported in Doña Ana County that were out-of-state; 2 cases that have been identified as duplicates: 1 case in Doña Ana County and 1 case in Taos County - these errors have been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,847 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,194
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 30
Cibola County: 101
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 40
Doña Ana County: 282
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,864
Otero County: 9
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 31
Roosevelt County: 26
Sandoval County: 488
San Juan County: 1,316
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 122
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 64

The Department of Health currently reports at 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: 35
Otero County Processing Center: 42
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 208 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, there are 1,739 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
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
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 15, 2020 4:46 PM

Governor launches Mask Madness competition
Statewide competition to highlight New Mexicans’ creative face-coverings

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced New Mexico Mask Madness, a statewide competition intended to highlight the creativity and artistic ability of New Mexicans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Friday, May 15, New Mexicans can submit a photo of their submission, a face mask or face covering, at https://cv.nmhealth.org/mask-madness/. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 24.

The public will be able to vote on their favorite masks and face-coverings online, beginning Tuesday, May 26. The top vote-getters will be seeded into brackets, and New Mexicans will then be able to vote for their favorite mask in each match up until a champion is crowned.

“New Mexicans across the state are demonstrating their compassion for their neighbors, for health care workers and first responders by wearing face-coverings – and at the same time, these face-coverings are an incredible opportunity for New Mexicans to demonstrate our creativity and craftsmanship,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “As we continue to fight this virus, face coverings will become, more and more, a part of our daily lives and routines. I hope this competition can be a fun venue for expressing artistic ability but also an important reminder of the need to wear a face-covering when out and about – to protect yourself and your family.”

In addition to being named the champion of New Mexico Mask Madness, the creator of the winning mask submission will be awarded a prize.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health public health emergency order effective May 16th, all New Mexicans are required to wear a mask or face covering in public settings, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements. New Mexicans can make their own mask easily – see a tutorial video here. New Mexicans can also request a face covering from the state here.

Stay home. Don’t gather with people. And wear a mask to protect your community and slow the spread of COVID-19.

May 15, 2020 4:46 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,662
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 164 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
36 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
57 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
37 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Friday also reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Dungarvin New Mexico facility in Gallup.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Sundance Care Home in Gallup.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 253.

Previously reported numbers included 3 cases that were duplicates and 2 cases that were not laboratory confirmed: 4 from Bernalillo County and 1 from Cibola County - these errors have been corrected. 1 case previously reported in Bernalillo County has been corrected to be reported at the Otero County Processing Center. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,662 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,180
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 30
Cibola County: 100
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 36
Doña Ana County: 270
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,787
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 30
Roosevelt County: 14
Sandoval County: 483
San Juan County: 1,274
San Miguel County: 9
Santa Fe County: 114
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 23
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 63

The Department of Health currently reports at 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: 31
Otero County Processing Center: 40
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 223 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, there are 1,671 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 15, 2020 4:45 PM

Mayor Issues Emergency Proclamation Regarding Face Coverings

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today signed an emergency proclamation requiring the use of face coverings in all City of Las Cruces buildings and facilities. The term of the proclamation is 72 hours and City Council can vote to extend it up to 14 days.

Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made, or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.

The emergency proclamation allows for increased public education of the importance of face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide the City more enforcement control on the local level. Violations would constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The City prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive.

The mayor issued the proclamation on the heels of a new state mandate requiring all New Mexicans to wear a mask or face-covering in public settings beginning May 16.

Both the mayor’s emergency proclamation and the state mandate impact in-person early voting at City Hall, 700 N. Main St. beginning Saturday, May 16. Face masks will be available to voters.

In-person early voting runs through Saturday, May 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no voting Sunday and Monday. 

Voting at City Hall will take place in the lobby just outside City Council Chambers and the City Clerk’s office. There will be five voting stations spaced six-feet apart. Hand sanitizers will be on site. Poll workers will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and plexiglass separators will be used to provide a safety barrier between voters and poll workers. Disposable wooden sticks will be used in place of a stylus for signing ballots and all pens will be sanitized after each use.  

On March 27, city council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.

The ordinance allows the council to authorize limited action in response to an emergency situation and to exercise their emergency powers through a proclamation. The term of the proclamation is three days but can be extended for up 14 days at a time.

On April 7, the mayor issued an emergency proclamation so that the City may have the potential to receive reimbursement for funding and programs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based on qualified expenses as federal assistance is ordered.

On April 10, city council extended the term of the emergency proclamation by 14 days. That order expired on April 24.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.  

May 15, 2020 3:09 PM

Mayor Issues Emergency Proclamation Regarding Face Coverings


Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today signed an emergency proclamation requiring the use of face coverings in all City of Las Cruces buildings and facilities. The term of the proclamation is 72 hours and City Council can vote to extend it up to 14 days.



Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made, or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.



The emergency proclamation allows for increased public education of the importance of face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide the City more enforcement control on the local level. Violations would constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The City prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive.



The mayor issued the proclamation on the heels of a new state mandate requiring all New Mexicans to wear a mask or face-covering in public settings beginning May 16.



Both the mayor’s emergency proclamation and the state mandate impact in-person early voting at City Hall, 700 N. Main St. beginning Saturday, May 16. Face masks will be available to voters.



In-person early voting runs through Saturday, May 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no voting Sunday and Monday. 



Voting at City Hall will take place in the lobby just outside City Council Chambers and the City Clerk’s office. There will be five voting stations spaced six-feet apart. Hand sanitizers will be on site. Poll workers will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and plexiglass separators will be used to provide a safety barrier between voters and poll workers. Disposable wooden sticks will be used in place of a stylus for signing ballots and all pens will be sanitized after each use.  



On March 27, city council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.



The ordinance allows the council to authorize limited action in response to an emergency situation and to exercise their emergency powers through a proclamation. The term of the proclamation is three days but can be extended for up 14 days at a time.



On April 7, the mayor issued an emergency proclamation so that the City may have the potential to receive reimbursement for funding and programs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based on qualified expenses as federal assistance is ordered.



On April 10, city council extended the term of the emergency proclamation by 14 days. That order expired on April 24.



City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.  






May 15, 2020 11:53 AM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health and election officials will host a remote news conference today, Friday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts
WHEN: Friday, May 15, 3 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican will be available after the press conference here.

May 15, 2020 11:13 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report. Needed direction on DOH handing out masks to the public. Local DOH has not heard of that directive from the state, but Bryan from OEM found the following link for anyone who would like to request a mask by mail:

https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/97frS9fahq292waAbVbl0B



Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – planning a soft opening with limited public access to MVD; opening polls for early voting, police records and business licensing. Will observe public health order. More information will be posted on their website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Extension of emergency declaration will be in place today. Will require 100% mask use in city buildings.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



City will open for early voting starting tomorrow. More informaiton can be found here:

http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2812

Will require face coverings. Information will be going out in utility bills on calling 911 in emergencies.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

No report today, nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Finalizing plans on senior celebrations at the Field of Dreams. More details to come in a news release on Monday and at www.lcps.net.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

Continue to explore ways to open government center safely. Building is open for early voting only.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new to report operationally.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report Friday.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new to report Friday.





Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report Friday.





Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Nothing new to report Friday.





MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Just received 1,000th volunteer-made mask. Recommended some PR to promote the goodwill of our community to step up for our healthcare workers by quantifying how many have been made locally.



New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



Nothing new to report Friday.





New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Friday.





Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report Friday.





Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Friday.





State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Friday.





Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Friday.





U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Several testing sites have been scheduled and announced today. A complete list can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html



May 15, 2020 9:06 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,503
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 143 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
25 new cases in Bernalillo County
7 new cases in Cibola County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
52 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Valencia County
3 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 20s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A second female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 100s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A female in her 50s from Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center in Farmington.
A male in his 80s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a patient at the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 60s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 242.

Previously reported numbers included 4 cases that were duplicates, 3 from McKinley County and 1 from Sandoval County - these errors have been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,503 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,149
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 30
Cibola County: 100
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 34
Doña Ana County: 259
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 17
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,730
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 30
Roosevelt County: 14
Sandoval County: 479
San Juan County: 1,237
San Miguel County: 7
Santa Fe County: 113
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 60

The Department of Health currently reports at 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: 24
Otero County Processing Center: 39
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 209 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, there are 1,576 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 14, 2020 4:55 PM

The Department of Health is Conducting COVID-19 Testing and Screening at the Following sites in Dona Ana County through May 26.


http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2815

Date

Location

COVID-19 Screening and Testing

Friday, May 15

Butterfield Community Center

9530 Berry Patch Lane

Las Cruces, NM 88011

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Monday, May 18

St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church

224 Lincoln Ave.
Anthony, NM 88021

8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thursday, May 21

San Isidro Catholic Church

2003 Loma Parda St.
Garfield, NM 87936

7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 26

Mesquite Community Center

12720 Hwy 478
Mesquite, NM 88048

7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

May 14, 2020 2:09 PM

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – In an effort to recognize those on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, four F-16s from Holloman Air Force Base will conduct a flyover in southern New Mexico, May 15, 2020.
The flyover symbolizes appreciation for the healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel for their selfless service, as well as share Holloman’s appreciation for its surrounding communities.
On Friday, May 15, the F-16s will fly in formation over the following cities at these approximate times:
• Roswell – 5:25 PM (Flying Over North to South)
• EASTERN NEW MEXICO MEDICAL CENTER
• LOVELACE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
• Ruidoso – 5:35 PM (Flying Over East to West)
• LINCOLN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
• SOUTHERN DOWNTOWN
• Cloudcroft – 5:40 PM (Flying Over North to South)
• VILLAGE CENTER
• Alamogordo – 5:45 PM (Flying Over North to South)
• GERALD CHAMPION REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
• ALAMOGORDO HIGH SCHOOL – TIGER STADIUM
• Holloman AFB Housing – 5:45 PM (Flying Over East to West)
• Las Cruces – 6:00 PM (Flying Over North to South and then East to West)
• EAST LAS CRUCES
• MOUNTAIN VIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
• MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
• NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
• DOWNTOWN LAS CRUCES
• WEST/CENTRAL LAS CRUCES

As part of the “Air Force Salutes” campaign, this is a way that Airmen can honor community members who embody the Air Force core value of service before self.
“All the front line workers, from doctors and nurses to truckers and grocery store clerks, are the true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing commander. “I’m honored to offer a gesture to acknowledge their sacrifice and salute them for their selfless service while inspiring the nation to remain strong. Additionally, the flyovers are another way to say thank you to our community for their continued partnership and support.”
Times are subject to change. Check the Holloman Air Force Base Facebook page at “Holloman AFB – 49th Wing” for updates.

May 14, 2020 12:54 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources:
(The Following chart is best viewed in a different format) Copy and paste this link to see:
http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2810
(Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero Counties) as of 5/13/2010 at 12:00 p.m.


Currently in use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 46 144 98




Covid Patient Hospitalization


POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 4





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability
9 85 76










Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – went to PHO to pick up PPE. Good on that.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – anticipates many changes for city operations considering the updated May 16 public health order. More to come after a meeting with city leadership.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Mayor will be extending declaration of emergency to be concurrent with the state order. Building inspectors will not be conducting any new construction inspections. In conjunction with state CID plumbing/electrical inspectors. In place for the next two weeks.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Waiting on information on how the face covering rule will be enforced.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Waiting on any changes in the city/county and how the face covering protocol will be enforced.

Teachers are polling parents on feelings about K-5 Plus plans. Working though what the next school year will look like.
Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

County officials are stepping up community outreach on compliance with CDC recommendations (face coverings). Jamie – finalized testing sites and dates with DOH. Any assistance to help publicize that is greatly appreciated.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new to report operationally. Will slowly bring back support staff in the main office, still only open to the public in Wednesdays.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Juvenile facility is scheduled for COVID-19 screening for staff and detainees. Adult population will happen when testing kits arrive.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.




Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report Thursday.


Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.


MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.


New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



Nothing new to report Thursday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.


Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report Thursday.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Thursday.


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Thursday.


Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Several testing sites have been scheduled and announced today. A complete list can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html

May 14, 2020 11:06 AM

Beware of Fraud Schemes Associated with COVID-19

NEW MEXICO-As awareness about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they often target these more vulnerable populations. Common attempts include scammers using false assertions to gain an individual’s personal information in order to charge federal programs or insurance plans for procedures or testing and pocketing the funds, or simply using fear surrounding the pandemic as a way to obtain sensitive information in order to steal an identity for other nefarious purposes.
“Given there is currently no FDA approved vaccine at this time, it is important to be very discerning about any calls or solicitations you receive in which individuals offer COVID-19 interventions or treatments, or seek personal medical or financial information. Scammers often use fear-based tactics to convince people that a vaccine or cure is available, as a lure to acquire confidential information,” said Samantha Morales, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Director.
It’s also important to remember that although the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials may contact you if they believe you may have been exposed to the virus, they will not ask you for insurance or financial information.
SMP provides the following guidance for Medicare beneficiaries to follow:
Contact your own doctor if you are experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19.
Do not give out your Medicare number, Social Security number, or personal information in response to unsolicited calls, texts, emails, home visits, or booths at health fairs and other public venues. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes as well.
Be suspicious of anyone going door-to-door to offer free coronavirus or COVID-19 testing, supplies, or treatments.
Carefully review your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for errors or claims for products or services that weren’t received.
Follow the instructions of the state or your local government for other actions you should be taking in response to COVID-19.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to potential scams, contact your local SMP for help. SMPs empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse.
The SMP can provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. SMPs help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. Your SMP can help you with questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues. To contact the state Senior Medicare Patrol, contact the New Mexico Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 1-800-432-2080.
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
New Mexico Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
1-800-432-2080
nmaging.state.nm.us

May 14, 2020 11:04 AM

Due to high demand the FREE Food Boxes that Senior Programs has been distributing are almost gone, but there are some left, and they will be distributed TODAY Thursday, May 14, from 2-5 p.m. at Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite St.

On May 13, about 700 free food boxes were handed out at all the Senior Centers in a drive-thru setting. The boxes are available to anyone in the community over the age of 60, and people with disabilities 18 year of age or older and are provided through the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department.

“We know the need is there, and we are working with the State to get more food and have more distribution events,” said Sonia Saldaña, Senior Services Programs Administrator.

A short form must be completed on site prior to pick-up. Senior Programs reminds the community there is no need to present any documentation to pick-up a food box, but having some sort of identification helps employees to expedite the process.

May 13, 2020 6:40 PM

State to further modify public health emergency order
Retailers will soon be permitted to operate at limited capacity;
state continuing to move forward safely as virus risk remains high

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials on Wednesday announced New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire May 15, will be extended through May 31 and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code.

Other public health emergency changes include a requirement, beginning Saturday, that everyone wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising. Under the expiring order, only retail workers were required to wear face coverings.

The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased plan for a safe and gradual reopening based on “gating criteria” that show a generally decreasing transmission rate, adequate testing, contact tracing and hospital capacity, and adequate supply of personal protective equipment.

“We’re going to demand the science guide every decision we make, and we believe, based on gating criteria, we can have slight reopenings, but it’s not an invitation to go out and about and ignore our public health requirements,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “The virus decides when and how much we reopen, and our behavior will determine how well we control its spread.”

Over the last two weeks, in the “Preparation Phase,” the state has seen continued statewide spread of the highly contagious virus. As of Wednesday, New Mexico had 5,364 reported positive cases and 231 reported fatalities associated with the virus, with 62 fatalities reported in the last week alone. Two hundred New Mexicans remain hospitalized.

Nevertheless, the overall transmission rate of the virus continues to edge downward and the health care system is withstanding COVID-19 driven demand; the state continues to work to expand its testing and contact-tracing capacity.

“I think we can begin to reopen, but it is a tightrope walk. We need you all people in New Mexico to be the ones who bend that curve and keep it flat,” said Dr. David Scrase, secretary of the Human Services Department.

“At the end of the day, it’s all driven by what we do as New Mexicans. If we stay home, wash hands, cough into our elbows and wear face masks, we’ll continue to meet our gating criteria goals and continue to reopen the economy,” Scrase said.

In line with the state’s status relative to its gating criteria, the amended public health order will again relax several restrictions on low-intensity contact services to relieve additional economic pressure.

WHAT REMAINS THE SAME:
New Mexicans must remain home except for outings essential for health, safety and welfare, especially elderly and vulnerable individuals. If you must leave home, gatherings of more than five people remain prohibited and 6 feet of physical distance from others must be maintained.
Large retailers like big-box stores and grocery stores will continue operating at 20 percent capacity as determined by fire code.
Locations and services where high-intensity contact is unavoidable – such as gyms, salons and dine-in service at restaurants and bars – will remain temporarily closed. Limited in-person operations for those types of businesses could be included in the next modification of the public health order, as soon as early June, depending on New Mexico’s rate of COVID-19 transmission, testing capacity and other gating criteria.
Other high-intensity contact services that must remain closed include indoor malls, massage and tattoo parlors, theaters, casinos.
14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals.
Vacation rentals prohibited to out-of-state residents.
Visits to long-term care and other congregate care facilities remain restricted.
WHAT WILL CHANGE BEGINNING MAY 16:
All retailers may operate according to COVID-Safe Practices (“CSPs”) at 25 percent fire code occupancy (a “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers, not does it include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks);
Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
Additional state parks and certain outdoor recreation guides with COVID-Safe Practices;
Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.
“As the state opens up and our risk increases, the only way we save lives and keep the gating criteria where it is is if we’re all wearing face coverings,” the governor said. “It’s not a guarantee against the virus, but it really helps slow the spread, and that’s why we’re mandating it.”

A recent study found that if 80 percent of us adopt a simple homemade face mask, we could reduce deaths from COVID-19 by 17-45 percent over two months.

“All of us wearing masks could save thousands of lives,” Scrase said.

Summer youth programs will be allowed with modifications, limits and additional requirements, including daily temperature checks and enhanced cleaning. In-person summer programs and sports camps will be restricted to 5:1 child to adult ratios and activities must maintain 6-foot distancing between participants. ​Full guidance for youth summer programs is attached to this news release.

COVID-safe practices for businesses in New Mexico are available online here and will be updated later this week with individualized practices for specific industries, as well as houses of worship. Important practices retail and other establishments must enact include frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces; signage to communicate occupancy limits; adherence to maximum occupancy limits per the state emergency public health order; and establishing protocols to allow for contact-less pickup and home delivery wherever possible, among others.

The three counties – McKinley, San Juan and Cibola – in the state’s northwestern public health region that remains a COVID-19 hotspot are exempt from the new order but will be allowed to move into the preparation phase that began two weeks ago for the rest of the state. That means that in those counties, non-essential retailers may provide curbside pickup or delivery; golf courses, pet and veterinary services may open; and gun stores may operate by appointment. However, the order to stay home except for essential outings remains in place.

Assuming continued progress on the gating criteria (reduced transmission rates and adequate capacity for health care and supplies), higher-intensity contact could be phased in when the new order expires. That might include partially reopening salons, barbers, gyms, indoor malls, and dine-in at restaurants with limited occupancy and COVID-safe practices in place. Additionally, occupancy restrictions on houses of worship, motels and hotels could possibly expand in early June.

The amended public health order will be finalized and distributed later this week upon the expiration of the current emergency order.

May 13, 2020 6:34 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,364
Update includes twelve additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 155 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
16 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new case in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
2 new case in Curry County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
53 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
56 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
2 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
3 new cases among federal detainees at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported twelve additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A male in his 100s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A second female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A second female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 100s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A male in his 50s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 231.

Previously reported numbers included 3 cases that were duplicates, 1 from Bernalillo County and 2 from San Juan County - these errors have been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,364 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,124
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 30
Cibola County: 93
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 34
Doña Ana County: 249
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: 1,681
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 28
Roosevelt County: 13
Sandoval County: 477
San Juan County: 1,203
San Miguel County: 7
Santa Fe County: 113
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 59

The Department of Health currently reports 38 COVID-19 cases among federal detainees at the Otero County Processing Center, an ICE facility in Otero County, 1 COVID-19 case among federal detainees at the Torrance County Detention Facility in Torrance County, and 21 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held by the U.S. Marshals Service at the Otero County Prison Facility.

The Department of Health currently reports 2 COVID-19 cases among federal detainees at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Cibola County. Due to a reporting error, these cases were previously accounted for within the total case count for Bernalillo County.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 200 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, there are 1,515 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 13, 2020 6:24 PM

Summer Program Overview: E-learning or distance learning opportunities should be provided for all students when possible as an alternative to in person programs. In person summer programs and sports camps will be restricted to 5:1 child to adult ratios for children who live in the local geographic area only. Grab and Go meal sites for children will continue throughout the summer.

Required COVID-19 Safe Practices (CSPs):

Establish and continue communication with local and state authorities to determine current mitigation levels in your community. Check state and local health department notices daily about transmission in the area and adjust operations accordingly.

Follow Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs.

Inform high risk staff and children on the need for additional actions (such as not attending or having additional restrictions). This should include contact with high risk family members.

Have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), tissues, and no-touch trash cans.

Post signs on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering. Intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily (e.g., playground equipment, door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains). Doors should be kept open when possible. Restrooms require additional cleaning protocols.

Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk (e.g., allowing pollens in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) risk to children using the facility.

Take steps to ensure that all water systems and features (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.

Provide COVID-19 testing to all staff prior to the start of the program. Retest as needed throughout the duration of the program.

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Conduct staff trainings regarding the proper use and disposal of PPE as well as COVID-19 safety and cleaning protocols before the program begins and throughout the program as needed.

Conduct trainings for children regarding hygiene and safety protocols including proper hand washing, touching of face, covering mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing and social distancing.

Limit activities to only those that maintain 6 feet distancing.

Space seating/desks to at least six feet apart.

Staff and students/campers should wear masks.

Temperatures of children and staff should be taken daily with a touchless

thermometer. Individuals with elevated temperatures (above 100 F) or with COVID-

19 related symptoms should stay home.

Ensure that student and staff groupings are as self-contained as possible by having

the same group of children stay with the same staff. Restrict mixing children

between groups.

Avoid field trips, inter-group events, and extracurricular activities or group

gatherings greater than 6 people.

Restrict group transportation including carpooling.

Restrict nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving outside groups.

Close communal use spaces such as cafeterias and playgrounds. If not possible,

stagger use and disinfect in between use. During meals maintain same groups of

students and adults.

Have pre-packaged boxes or bags for each attendee instead of a buffet or family-style

meal. Avoid sharing of food, drinks and utensils.

Stagger arrival and drop-off times and locations. Establish protocols to limit direct

contact with parents as much as possible. Children waiting to be picked up should be

kept within their small groups and kept 6 feet apart.

Keep each child’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled

containers, cubbies, or areas.

Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high touch materials (art supplies,

sports equipment etc.) Assign equipment to a single individual or limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between use.

Restrict sports programs to contactless sports only and non-competitive play (no games or scrimmages). The focus should be on conditioning and skills development.

Implement screenings safely, respectfully, as well as in accordance with any applicable privacy laws or regulations. Confidentiality should be maintained.

School and camp administrators may use examples of screening methods in CDC’s supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open as a guide for screening children and CDC’s General Business FAQs for screening staff.

Plan for when a staff, child, or visitor becomes sick. Provide a child or staff member who is sick with the CDC COVID-19 handout. Advise sick staff members not to

return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation. Provide information on how to prevent infecting other family members and when their children can return.

Children that become sick should be picked up immediately. For emergency situations, camp staff should call 911.

If a camp staff member or child becomes sick with Covid19, notify the NM DOH so they can implement contact tracing.

Notify staff and families based on advice from the NM Department of Health for potential risk of exposure and information on the next steps.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should be retested before returning.

Work with program administrators, nurses, and other healthcare providers to

identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms. Nurses and other healthcare providers should use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people. See: What Healthcare Personnel Should Know About Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection.

Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection. Wait 24 hours before you clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.

In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the community, programs may consider closing for a short time (1-2 days) for cleaning and disinfection

Implement flexible sick leave policies and practices, if feasible.

Designate a staff person to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns.

Develop a communications plan for staff, children, and parents that address

anxieties associated with becoming sick.

May 13, 2020 4:51 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Includes Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County:
As of May 12, 2020 11:30 a.m.
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Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 51 147 96




COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 4





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 7 85 78








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Nothing new to report.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting today at 2 p.m. virtually. Link is on website. Tentatively opening Monday, May 18 with limited services. Will be advising against unnecessary travel.
City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Testing at DOH will only be on Monday and Wednesday now 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. No testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays as previously reported.

In the process of initiating masking mandate if you will be in any city building. Likely to be included in emergency extension on Thursday or Friday. More information forthcoming tomorrow.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report. Special meeting still on schedule for tomorrow.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

No updates Wednesday.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Earlier today, the county distributed a schedule of testing for government workers being done by appointment.
County is partnering with DOH to add testing sites. Testing will be done at the Community Resource Centers in conjunction with Casa de Peregrinos food distribution at Chaparral, Vado, La Mesa and Mesquite.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



No update Wednesday.
Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing to report today.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new to report.



Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Nothing to report Wednesday. Staff is celebrating Hospital Week. Many thanks to all our dedicated colleagues on the frontlines!

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing to report today.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing to report Wednesday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report Wednesday.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



No report today.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing to update Wednesday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



No report today.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas


Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Community outreach testing (employees): Chaparral: Briliant Bees (28); Cradles & Crayons (15) Anthony: Cri Cri (17) Las Cruces: Doña Ana County Detention Center (150) By-appointment testing continues at Public Health Offices in Las Cruces, Chaparral, Anthony and Sunland Park.

May 13, 2020 10:17 AM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health orders
WHEN: Today, Wednesday, May 13, at 4 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Albuquerque Journal will be available after the press conference here.

May 13, 2020 10:10 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County as of 5/12/2020 at 11:30 a.m.
(This Chart best viewed in another format. Please copy and paste this link:)
http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2801
Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 51 147 96




Covid Patient Hospitalization
positive COVID admitted 4

Ventilator Use

Vent Availability 7 85 78

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – been busy with calls; domestics continue to rise. Good on PPE, but curious to see how a possible reopening will affect that. Anticipate more universal precautions.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative). Posted on website. Tentatively opening Monday, May 18 with limited services. Will be advising against unnecessary travel.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

HR director: not making any changes in telework until an extension in the PHO is announced.

Ramped up testing. New hours are Monday through Thursday, 0700 to 0900 at 3807 McNutt Rd. Drive-up testing by appointment only. Operations continue as usual.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

Special meeting will happen Friday at 9:30 to discuss public service announcements and a resolution on face coverings. More can be found here: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=132
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Majority of LCPS families are now eligible for extended EBT benefits to provide nutritional support through the summer. More info on website.
Next board meeting May 19.



Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

10,000 fliers going out today in utility bills with information on proactive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

Nothing new to report today.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention


No report Tuesday.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

Nothing new to report.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

Nothing to report Tuesday.
MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com

Nothing to report today.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com

Nothing to report Tuesday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

Nothing new to report Tuesday.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/

No report today.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing to update Tuesday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org

No report today.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas

No report Tuesday.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

No report Tuesday.

May 12, 2020 4:11 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,212
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 143 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
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 Department of Health on Tuesday also reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A female in her 50s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 219.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,212 positive tests for COVID-19:

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

The Department of Health currently reports 31 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Processing Center run by ICE in Otero County and 1 COVID-19 case among individuals being held at the federal Torrance County Detention Facility run by ICE in Torrance County.

The Department of Health currently reports 17 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Prison Facility run by ICE and the U.S. Marshals Service. Due to a reporting error, these cases were previously accounted for within the total case counts for Otero and Doña Ana counties – moving forward they will be reported separately for clarity.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 199 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, there are 1,434 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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.

May 12, 2020 4:05 PM

TOMORROW: Governor, health officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health orders
WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 4 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

May 12, 2020 3:15 PM

Governor, health officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts on May 13.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health orders
WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 4 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

May 12, 2020 2:41 PM

Senior Programs will be distributing food boxes FREE of charge at all City of Las Cruces senior centers from 2 - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 through Friday, May 15, in a drive-thru setting.

The food boxes are available to anyone in the community over the age of 60, and disabled persons 18 year of age or older.

The boxes are provided through the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department. A short form will be completed on site. The following are the locations for pick up.

Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite St.
Sage Café, 6121 Reynolds Dr.
Benavidez Senior Center, 1045 McClure Rd.
Eastside Senior Center, 310 N. Tornillo St.
Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave.

May 11, 2020 10:10 PM

Department of Health announces COVID-19 testing
now open to all workers in New Mexico

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announces COVID-19 testing for all workers in the state. This includes: all government employees (state, county, municipal, federal, etc.), utility and construction workers, grocery and pharmacy employees, retail and wholesale, anyone in food service or other service industries, and any New Mexican at work who would like access to a test, symptomatic or not.

“It is important to the Department of Health and this administration to increase testing for all New Mexicans and provide access to COVID-19 testing to as many persons as possible,” said NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “In addition to ‘by-appointment-test-and-go’ opportunities at all public health offices in the state, we have expanded our ‘open drive-up testing’ sites and we are also available for on-site testing.”

Starting tomorrow, May 12, Lovelace Hospital in downtown Albuquerque will be open to anyone in the public that needs or wants a test. The drive-up clinic is open from 9 am-3 pm.

All testing is still FREE OF CHARGE to anyone getting the test, and anyone can get tested, whether they have insurance or not. Please remember to bring your insurance card with you when you get tested and to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread.

“Increased testing allows for increased case surveillance and contact tracing which helps us mitigate community spread and keep New Mexico safe,” added Secretary Kunkel.

The state continues to discourage all travel, including shopping and recreational activities between neighboring states.

Testing for coronavirus by the state has increased greatly from limited testing in early March to around 20,000 a week at present, with the goal to test 7,500 persons a day.
Because the department knows COVID-19 infected people without symptoms can unknowingly transmit the virus, more testing is necessary to know where cases are occurring for early identification, isolation and thus further preventing ongoing spread.

For more information visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 website, https://cv.nmhealth.org/ updated daily with the latest testing numbers, our testing location directory and the ability to track cases by zip code.

New Mexicans can continue to call the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453 with health-related questions. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

May 11, 2020 10:10 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,069
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 207 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
14 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Curry County
24 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Luna County
63 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
73 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
2 new cases in Valencia County
11 new cases at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
The Department of Health on Monday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 40s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 30s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 50s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 208.

Previously reported numbers included one duplicate from Bernalillo County that has since been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,069 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,086
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 27
Cibola County: 86
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 31
Doña Ana County: 245
Eddy County: 14
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,585
Otero County: 12
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 28
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 467
San Juan County: 1,107
San Miguel County: 7
Santa Fe County: 112
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 57

The Department of Health currently reports 26 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Processing Center run by ICE in Otero County.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 207 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, there are 1,300 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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;
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.

May 11, 2020 9:06 PM


JIC
COVID-19
Joint Information Center

May 11, 2020


Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.
JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:
City of Anthony
Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.
Oscar Dominguez, City Manager
www.cityofanthonynm.com
Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – No report.
Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative). Posted on website. Tentatively opening Monday, May 18 with limited services.
City of Sunland Park
Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire
www.sunlandpark-nm.gov
Operationally no changes.
City of Las Cruces
Jennifer Martinez
Steve Ramirez
www.las-cruces.org

Public messaging on when to call 911 and reassurance that hospitals are safe was distributed via the following news release: http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2784
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire
Dan Trujillo
www.las-cruces.org
Working on a video of officers wearing masks, encouraging others to do the same when they go out in public and in stores. Will coordinate with other city resources.

Las Cruces Public Schools
Samantha Lewis
Kelly Jameson
www.lcps.net
Dr. Trujillo will be talking about graduation celebrations on a Facebook Live event with Univision at 11 a.m.
Next board meeting May 19.

Doña Ana County
Catherine Zaharko
Luce Rubio
Jamie Michael
www.donaanacounty.org
Fliers going out in utility bills on social distancing, mask use. Printed material is in both English and Spanish.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office
Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich
www.goDASO.org
Nothing new to update today.

Doña Ana County Detention Center
Capt. Bryan Baker
www.donaanacounty.org/detention

As part of the state initiative to test staff and detainees in correctional facilities, the DC will be testing staff and 25% of the population, which is the provision under the current guidance.

Village of Hatch
Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD
www.villageofhatch.org

Village offices are open and fully staffed. Remain closed to the public.

Town of Mesilla
Dorothy Sellers
www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing new to report.
Memorial Medical Center
Ryan Perkins
www.mmclc.org

Did not receive requested community drive-through testing materials. Will not be able to provide testing until further notice.
Prior to today, MMC was averaging 250 tests daily.
MountainView Regional Medical Center
Ben Woods
www.mountainviewregional.com

Nothing to report today.
New Mexico State University
Justin Bannister
www.nmsu.edu

Nothing new to report.
New Mexico State University Police
Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen
www.nmsupolice.com

Nothing to report Monday.
Office of Emergency Management
Cullen Combs
Amanda Bowen
www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

As was discussed in the UAC meeting, will be working on policy updates related to mask definitions, medical-grade masking. Will be sending messaging to the media that discourages non-essential travel.
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
Lt. Carlos Reyes
https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/

No report today.
State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services
Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program
http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing to update Monday.
Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority
Hugo Costa, Executive Director
www.mvrda.org

Nothing new to report.
U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector
Officer Joseph Barron
www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas
No report Monday; the border remains closed to non-essential traffic.

NM Department of Health
David Morgan
www.cv.nmhealth.org

No report Monday.

May 11, 2020 2:28 PM

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Link
May 11, 2020 12:32 PM

Study involving Master Gardeners, cancer survivors goes virtual due to pandemic

DATE: 05/11/2020
WRITER: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Sara Moran, 505-243-1386, samoran@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Cindy Blair, 505-925-7907, CiBlair@salud.unm.edu

More than a year ago, New Mexico State University was contacted by the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center for a research study partnership. The study would pair cancer survivors who had completed their primary cancer treatment with local Extension Master Gardeners. The “Survivor-Master Gardener” team would work together to plan, plant, maintain and harvest three seasonal gardens at the survivor’s home.

Cindy Blair, the principal investigator for the study and a cancer epidemiologist at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and School of Medicine, reached out to the Extension Master Gardener program at NMSU. The initial pilot study would be limited to residents in Bernalillo and southern Sandoval counties.

Everything was set to begin in March 2020, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., forcing the study to pause and consider how they could move forward.

“No home visits were allowed, since both the Master Gardeners and cancer survivors are considered high-risk groups,” said Sara Moran, NMSU-Bernalillo County horticultural extension agent.

The study was originally meant to measure the effects of gardening on overall health and functioning, quality of life and more. The Southwest Harvest for Health Study would provide the supplies and tools needed for each participant to start their home vegetable garden. The Master Gardener mentor would call and schedule a visit with their survivor partner once a month for nine months. During those visits, the mentors would check on the garden’s progress, troubleshoot garden issues and offer any encouragement as well as suggestions for success.

“Because of COVID-19, the study took a new approach,” Moran said. “The participants received four big square planting containers, instead of raised beds. All participants received potting soil, mulch, seeds and seedlings. Because it was hard to get a delivery at every single house, a single delivery was made to the Bernalillo County Extension Office.”

The extension office organized a drive-thru pickup on March 28 for the 30 cancer survivor participants to load up their materials: five bags of soil, two bags of mulch, plants, seeds, and four containers.

“We were so happy that all participants showed up, which showed that they are committed to making this study worked regardless of the circumstances,” Moran said.

Each participant was given a handbook that provides guidance related to planning and planting, as well as NMSU gardening publications and more. If cancer survivor participants have any questions, they have their Master Gardener partner/mentor available to assist them.

Participants will be communicating via phone, email, Skype, or FaceTime – whatever works for them to communicate any gardening needs and guidance.

“Every week we touch base to see what is growing and if there have been any problems,” said Dorothy Duff, a Southwest Harvest for Health Master Gardener co-coordinator, of her cancer survivor partner. “The project has infused her with enthusiasm to get back out in the garden and reactivate old garden beds in addition to the new grow boxes. She planted her boxes immediately and is about to transplant some seedlings which she started from seed.”

“Seeing them adapt to the new circumstances has been very encouraging. Technology has undoubtedly worked,” Moran said.

One participant told Blair that they are really enjoying being outside and learning more about plants and are very thankful the support and hard work they put into bringing the Harvest for Health program to New Mexico.

Moran said the study will continue this way until the stay-at-home and social distancing restrictions are lifted. She said it was important to continue with the program because they did not want to lose momentum with their volunteers, and it’s a time when gardening can have added benefits for people whose other activities are restricted.

“They have been committed and very enthusiastic about this study. They were so patient and they have been very creative, trying to stay in communication among themselves,” Moran said. “Under the current situation, gardening is a great activity to do while we all practice social distancing and are staying at home as much as possible.”

“I am thankful to be working with this fantastic group of Extension Master Gardener volunteers who show great passion for what they do and are always willing to share their knowledge with our community,” Moran said.

May 11, 2020 10:44 AM

New Mexico hospitals to receive $66 million to combat COVID-19

12.4 to 50 percent Medicaid rate increase



SANTA FE – New Mexico hospitals will receive a Medicaid rate increase of up to 50percent, an estimated $66 million in additional payments to help assist them for losses they are experiencing during the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced Monday. This increase will continue for the duration of the national emergency.



“New Mexico Medicaid health care providers are on the front lines -- carrying out heroic work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sec. David R. Scrase, M.D. “We want all those who put themselves at risk to serve our most vulnerable New Mexicans to have the additional financial support they need during this crisis.”



The New Mexico Medical Assistance Division received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to provide a significant rate increase to hospitals across the state. Retroactive to April 1, 2020, the Medicaid program will increase reimbursement for inpatient hospital stays by 12.4 percent, taking it to 100 percent of the Medicare rate, and will increase reimbursement for Intensive Care Unit stays by 50 percent for the duration of the public health emergency.



“The significant increase in ICU payments reflects the level of concern that the Human Services Department has for our state’s most scarce resource during the pandemic,” noted Secretary Scrase. “As part of the Medical Advisory Team’s crisis planning, hospital ICU capacity across the state will double. This will dramatically increase hospital costs in many categories, including medical and nursing staff, ventilators and other critical care devices, and personal protective equipment. It is very important to all of us that our hospitals have sufficient financial support to provide with high quality intensive care to every New Mexican who needs it during the pandemic.”



This funding follows a series of strategic steps the Medicaid program has taken to financially support New Mexico providers. In addition to these significant rate increases, the Medicaid agency has pushed out $35 million in hospital payments ahead of schedule and released $46.2 million in new Medicaid payments to help nursing facilities mitigate and control the spread of COVID-19 among employees and highly vulnerable residents.



“Hospitals are critical to our state’s ability to combat the coronavirus, so we are very happy to be able to implement this rate increase. However, we know there are other providers who still need financial assistance and we are committed to working diligently to navigate federal requirements to deliver additional financial relief to our health care community,” said Nicole Comeaux, the State Medicaid Director.



The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to more than 1 million New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.

May 10, 2020 7:58 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,863
Update includes nine additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 87 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

23 new cases in Bernalillo County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lea County
14 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
20 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported nine additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 200.

Previously reported numbers included one case from Bernalillo County that was removed because the individual was from out of state; and one case from San Juan County was identified as a negative test result; these have since been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,863 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,073
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 27
Cibola County: 86
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 29
Doña Ana County: 221
Eddy County: 14
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,522
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 27
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 458
San Juan County: 1,034
San Miguel County: 6
Santa Fe County: 111
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 55

The Department of Health currently reports 19 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Processing Center run by ICE in Otero County.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 194 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, there are 1,285 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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;
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.

May 10, 2020 7:55 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,778
Update includes ten additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 105 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
20 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
48 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
1 new case in Torrance County
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported ten additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 40s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a patient at Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 191.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,778 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,050
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 27
Cibola County: 86
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 29
Doña Ana County: 201
Eddy County: 14
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 14
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,508
Otero County: 7
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 27
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 452
San Juan County: 1,015
San Miguel County: 6
Santa Fe County: 110
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 55

The Department of Health currently reports 19 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Processing Center run by ICE in Otero County. Due to a reporting error, these cases were previously accounted for within the total case counts for Otero and Doña Ana counties – moving forward they will be reported separately for clarity.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 198 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, there are 1,268 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
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;
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.

May 9, 2020 3:41 PM

NMSU to continue Dream Keepers summer experience with virtual format
DATE: 05/08/2020
WRITER: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Claudia Trueblood, 575-646-1347, ird@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Monita Chip, 575-646-1347, ird@nmsu.edu
While COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on citizens around the world, New Mexico State University’s Indian Resources Development has found a way to continue its Dream Keepers summer camp. The 2020 program for Native American high school students in New Mexico entering 10th through 12th grades will be a six-week virtual camp.

Indian Resources Development, which is housed in NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, offers Dream Keepers Online free to participants. The summer camp will be June 15 through July 24. Applications will be accepted online through May 25 at https://ird.nmsu.edu/dkc.html.

“Taking Dream Keepers online for this summer means IRD can offer camp participants even more options of people to meet and places to visit in exploring college and careers,” said Monita Chip, Indian Resources Development senior program specialist. “Sure, it’s not the same as an in-person camp, but a virtual summer camp can be a way to learn new things and meet new people, all while social distancing.”

Dream Keepers Online offers students an opportunity to explore college and career opportunities in a variety of fields including agriculture, natural resources, engineering and business through virtual field trips, virtual campus visits and interactive online activities. Industry professionals, educators and tribal leaders from across New Mexico will present online sessions. Additionally, participants will have the chance to connect with other Native American youth, meet Native American college students and reflect on their own skills, interests and goals to help make a plan toward higher education goals.

Dream Keepers Online will consist of a one-hour session between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Current schedule for the program includes two education sessions, a personal development session, a small group session and a social hour per week.

To learn more about Dream Keepers Online visit https://ird.nmsu.edu/dkc.html.

May 9, 2020 3:41 PM

New Census survey provides near real-time information on households and businesses during the pandemic:
The goal is to measure various sectors impacted by COVID-19: employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, education disruptions and dimensions of physical and mental wellness.

Census Information
May 8, 2020 1:16 PM

The nation’s healthcare workers may be focused on COVID-19, but those with non-COVID-19 medical emergencies should not feel like they are burdening the system when it comes to getting the health care they need.

The Las Cruces Fire Department hopes to address the concerns that so many other communities are simultaneously facing: a population in fear of stressing the health care system and ignoring their own medical needs, sometimes even apologetic when they visit a hospital or call 911. These individuals might also be in fear of coming into contact with someone infected with the COVID-19 virus if they enter a hospital.

Las Cruces Fire Department staff are trained to respond, even when things may seem overwhelming and chaotic. Emergency responders remind us that those with symptoms of serious medical conditions like heart disease, stroke and uncontrolled diabetes should call 911 immediately or visit a hospital if they feel like they need emergency care. Hospitals have been proactive in maintaining safety and security and are safe to enter.

Individuals experiencing symptoms of Heart Attack, Stroke, or Cardiac Arrest should not feel like they must wait until their symptoms are acute to reach out for care.

Here are the warning signs you should look out for:

HEART ATTACK – Chest Discomfort, Upper Body Discomfort, Shortness of Breath, Cold Sweat, Nausea, or lightheadedness (Women may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain).

STROKE – Face drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty.

CARDIAC ARREST – Unexpected heart malfunctions. A person will become unresponsive with seconds and is not breathing or gasping.

Calling 911 can help safe a life.

For more information call Las Cruces Fire Department at (575) 528-3473.

May 8, 2020 1:02 PM

The All Together NM Fund will be awarding $750,000 for grants to help New Mexico’s smallest businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will be divided among four New Mexico nonprofit organizations that will award and administer grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five employees or fewer.

“Business relief from the federal government has been scattered, and far too much of what was first available went to large businesses. Many micro businesses in New Mexico and elsewhere didn’t get a fair shake,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “So thank you to the All Together NM Fund for reaching out and reaching in to support as many micro businesses as we can. No doubt that’s going to make an incredible difference,” she said

The nonprofits that will administer the grants are:

​WESST
Rio Grande Community Development Corp
NM Community Capital
DreamSpring​

“They were chosen because together they already serve micro businesses across the state and know who and where they are,” said Randy Royster, president and CEO of the Albuquerque Community Foundation who has been spearheading this aspect of the All Together NM Fund grantmaking.

Micro businesses with existing relationships with one of the four nonprofits will receive guidance from the nonprofit about how to apply. Micro businesses seeking more information on the grant process should contact one of the nonprofits directly.

“We’re committed to getting as much money as possible out to all the counties. We should not end up seeing a significant portion going to the larger population centers,” Royster added.

The smallest businesses to qualify will be those operated by the owner plus one employee. Recipients will use the grants to make payroll or to buy needed materials.

“The whole idea is we want to positively affect small businesses, especially those owned by women and people of color, that are employing people,” Royster said. “We’re really looking to help vulnerable businesses that are not likely to survive without this infusion of capital.”

The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations started the All Together NM Fund in March to help New Mexico meet immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead.

The many donors who made these grants possible include:

​Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation
McKinnon Family Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
Intel Foundation
Pattern Energy
Blattner Energy, Inc
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Illinois #3 Foundation
RALI New Mexico
PhRMA
Virgin Galactic
Isora Foundation
Comcast
Swire Coca Cola
Daniels Foundation

The Santa Fe Community Foundation is the fund’s administrator.


Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made through the website, www.AllTogetherNM.org or:

Donors may contribute gifts of stock, property and electronic fund transfers by calling the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 505-988-9715 ext. 7006.
Gifts by check can be mailed to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Please note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.
Text “together” to (505) 333-4714 to give.

May 8, 2020 12:07 PM

Non-essential dental services may resume
State health officials say Phase 1 reopening guidelines will be in effect
SANTA FE – New Mexico dentists in all but three counties may resume providing non-essential dental care provided they agree to comply with guidelines developed to protect the supply of personal protective equipment, state health officials announced Friday.

The Phase I Reopening Guidelines for dentists were developed by the New Mexico Medical Advisory Team in collaboration with the New Mexico Dental Association. They include a personal protective equipment burn rate calculator dental providers can use to determine how quickly they are using up personal protective equipment like masks, face shields, gloves and gowns.

San Juan, McKinley and Cibola counties are exempt as they continue fighting a surge of COVID-19 cases.

The guidelines were developed to ration and preserve the state’s supply of personal protective equipment in response to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on April 30 a public health order to protect New Mexico’s supply of personal protective equipment healthcare workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is the responsibility of each individual provider to use professional discretion and judgment in evaluating which health care services can be delayed and which should be provided, taking into consideration the best interests of the patient.

Dental providers must submit the required form attesting they will comply with the guidelines. They can download the required form and submit it online at cv.nmhealth.org under the clinician information link.

May 8, 2020 11:46 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Including: Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties) - As of 5/7/2020 1 p.m.
Chart best viewed at this webpage:
http://las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2782
Currently in Use Capacity Remaining Total ICU Availability 59 147 88



COVID Patient Hospitalization


POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 4





Ventilator Use


Vent Available 13 79 66









Regional updates:




City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Nothing new to report today,

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative).

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


Nothing operationally to report.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Working on a release from Las Cruces Fire advising residents to go to the hospital in emergencies (heart attack/stroke). A flyer will also be included in utility bills.


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


All city parks remain closed under the public health order. Will be patrolling on Sunday to ensure no one is violating the order on Mother’s Day.



Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




School campuses and outdoor facilities remain closed, will be sending out additional messaging via new release and social media promotion,



Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org


Launching a campaign to reinforce public health messaging to include in utility bills, will distribute posters with same promotion: COVID-19 diligence is still needed, wash hands and practice social distancing.

Jamie – received a call from the governor’s office with questions about summer youth programs. Will wait and see what the provisions are from the governor on May 15.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org


Will be increasing patrols on Sunday reinforcing public health order.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Nothing new to report.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org


Nothing new to report.



Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov




Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Nothing new to report.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




Concerned about rising numbers of positive cases in Doña Ana County. Asked about intel on zip codes impacted as we move into next week.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing to report Friday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Nothing new to report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Precautionary measures started yesterday, tested 333 people inside the facility. Today will begin testing inmates, with 188 scheduled (that’s 25% of total population).


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing to update Friday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Nothing new to report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas


No report Friday.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org




No report Friday.

May 7, 2020 8:17 PM

City Parks Remain Closed

The Las Cruces Police Department encourages residents to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings during the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend.

In March, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency public health order suggesting residents practice social distancing and avoid large public gatherings. The order has since been revised to include the avoidance of smaller gatherings. With Mother’s Day this weekend, the City will keep all public parks closed and will place physical barricades at entrances to discourage gatherings.

Las Cruces police will be patrolling City parks this weekend and have the authority to trespass anyone who enters and can issue citations to repeat offenders. The City, however, seeks voluntary compliance with the order and does not wish to take any formal action against anyone.

The emergency public health order and closing of all parks are attempts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

The Las Cruces Police Department strongly encourages residents to stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.

May 7, 2020 6:05 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,493
Update includes three additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 204 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
32 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
3 new cases in Curry County
17 new cases in Doña Ana County
65 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
77 new cases in San Juan County
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying health conditions and was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 172. One previous death reported in Bernalillo County was determined to be a Torrance County resident.

Previously reported numbers included two cases, one from Bernalillo County and one from Valencia County, that were identified as being false positives and have since been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,493 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,012
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 26
Cibola County: 82
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 26
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 197
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 14
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,402
Otero County: 9
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 26
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 439
San Juan County: 921
San Miguel County: 4
Santa Fe County: 110
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 17
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 54

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 197 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, there are 1,125 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook 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;
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.

May 7, 2020 3:40 PM

Modified Gallup emergency order extended

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday extended a modified emergency declaration requested by the mayor of Gallup through noon on Sunday, May 10, as that city continues to work to contain the COVID-19 virus.

The extended order means businesses will continue to be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.; only two people may travel together in a car; and Gallup residents should remain at home except for emergency outings through noon Sunday, May 10.

Roads into Gallup will remain closed for non-residents until 8 p.m. Friday, May 8.

Per the mayor’s request, the order states that Gallup residents must wear at least a cloth face-covering when situated in an essential business, essential nonprofit or government building until the order expires.

Gallup is the county seat of McKinley County, which has just 3.5 percent of the state’s population but about 30 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases. McKinley County reported 1,337 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday afternoon and 29 COVID-related deaths.

This is the second extension since Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi first asked the governor to invoke the Riot Control Act effective at noon on May 1, a law authorizing the governor to enact further localized restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“I have no doubt that the actions we have taken together have helped turn the tide in our community and we will, in coming days and weeks, continue efforts in Gallup until we see positive results and until this virus is defeated,” Mayor Bonaguidi said in a letter requesting the new extension.

Gallup city police and McKinley County sheriff’s department have partnered with New Mexico State Police and Department of Transportation to enforce the emergency order and road closures. The New Mexico National Guard has also provided support in a non-law enforcement capacity.

An emergency declaration made under the Riot Control Act is in effect until noon the third day after it becomes effective. The original declaration expired at noon May 4; the first extension expires at noon May 7. The second extension will expire at noon Sunday, May 10.


May 7, 2020 3:07 PM


JIC

COVID-19

Joint Information Center




May 7, 2020




Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:


City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report Thursday,

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative).

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


No report Thursday.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Food distribution changes announced via the following news release:

http://las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2776

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


Property crime continues to rise. More information will be shared later today via news release.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




Operations as usual.




Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org


Will be working with resource at the City to take MMC and MVRMC videos and produce video to be shared widely reassuring public that hospitals are safe and if they are experiencing stroke or heart attack symptoms to seek emergency mediccal attention.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




No report Thursday.


Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Nothing new to report Thursday.




Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org


No report Thursday.


Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov


Nothing to report Wednesday.


Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org


Nothing new to report.


MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




Will be implementing a universal masking policy starting May 11. Anyone coming in the facility will be required to wear a cloth mask.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu


No report Thursday.




New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




No report Thursday.


Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency


Dave Daniels from DOH will be interfacing with OEM.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing to report Thursday,

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us


Nothing new to report Thursday.


Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org


Nothing to report Thursday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




No report Thursday.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


No report.

May 7, 2020 1:49 PM

State Agencies Work with Long-Term Care Facilities to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 and Protect Vulnerable New Mexicans
NEW MEXICO- The continued spread of COVID-19 throughout New Mexico has brought unprecedented challenges to all agencies and providers who care, assist and advocate for seniors. Under Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s direction, all state agencies are working together, forging new collaborations, and programs, to support and assist New Mexico’s most vulnerable.

Much of the proactive and responsive measures taken to aggressively stop the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, have been led by the State’s Department of Health [DOH] in partnership with the State Aging and Long-Term Services Department [ALTSD]. Together they have stood up systems to daily track cases, acquire rapid testing kits, provide personal protective equipment, hire additional staff at the facilities, implement isolation plans (before and after the virus is present in a facility), impart guidance for sanitation protocols, conducting in-depth video surveillance, monitoring and interviews, and overall provide support to Nursing Home Administrators across the State. In addition to ALTSD and DOHs’ collective rapid response to COVID cases and challenges, the ALTSD Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is also regularly connecting with nursing home and assisted living residents and their family members -- providing support, accountability for the facilities, and working with residents to protect and advocate for their rights.

“By utilizing the 350 tablets distributed by the Ombudsmen, every day we are been able to connect with residents and their family members. Together with our Ombudsmen across the state we are working closely with residents to inform them of public health orders, containment guidelines, and best practices surrounding COVID-19, and informing them of what this means for their care,” said State Ombudsman Linnea Forsythe, whose department is responsible for advocating for the rights of residents and provides mediation between residents and their long term care facility.

In several counties, DOH and ALTSD have worked with local fire departments and emergency responders to assist facilities within their jurisdictions with emergency and infection control protocols. While stopping the spread of the virus is crucial, supporting facilities to implement containment measures and take proactive steps prior to any COVID positive tests, is equally important.

“Never has collaboration been more vital than it is now. Lives depend on us all working together to protect the most vulnerable in our state,” said ALTSD Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez. “I cannot thank the staff at these facilities enough for their work and the sacrifices they’re making. Many of the staff members at long-term care facilities are losing patients who they have known and befriended and are going back to work the next day. They are unsung heroes. From the bottom of my heart- thank you.”

Prior to the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico, the DOH conducted site visits to prepare the facilities for the public health orders that we’re issued, conducted inspections, and ensured the sites had infection-control policies ready for implementation.

“In New Mexico we have some of the toughest regulations around nursing facilities,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “We have a high standard of care for our nursing homes and during this health crisis are working diligently to support long-term care facilities in our state, while also enforcing strict orders to protect residents and staff.”

The State has also launched a website for facilities to report and request PPE and a site to coordinate volunteerism efforts, and most recently ALTSD debuted the Create and Connect campaign to support seniors through letter writing and engaging social media content.

May 6, 2020 7:46 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,291
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 153 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
18 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
8 new cases in Cibola County
3 new cases in Curry County
7 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Lea County
63 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
38 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center.
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A third male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A fourth male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 169.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,291 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 981
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 25
Cibola County: 82
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 23
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 180
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 14
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,337
Otero County: 9
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 24
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 432
San Juan County: 844
San Miguel County: 4
Santa Fe County: 110
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 17
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 55

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 193 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, there are 1,073 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
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
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook 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;
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.

May 6, 2020 6:39 PM

The Casa de Peregrinos food distribution held monthly at the City of Las Cruces Senior Center sites will be cancelled and is being redirected back to Casa de Peregrinos for the remainder of May and the month of June.

The following dates will be affected:

Cancellation Dates for May

Frank O’Brien Papen Center: Thursday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Eastside Senior Center: Wednesday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Munson Senior Center: Wednesday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Cancellation Dates for June

Sage Café: Monday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Frank O’Brien Papen Center: Thursday, June 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Benavidez Senior Center: Friday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Eastside Senior Center: Monday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Munson Senior Center: Wednesday, June 24 at 1:30 p.m. To mitigate any impact Senior Programs will be distributing food boxes provided through the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department in a drive through set-up. Food boxes are available to anyone in the community over the age of 60, and disabled persons 18 year of age or older. A short form will be completed on site. The following are dates and times of the next distribution:

Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite St.
Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8 from 2 – 5 p.m.

May 6, 2020 2:58 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional* hospital resources (Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County:

As of 5/5/2020 3:31 p.m.
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http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2774

Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 45 147 102




COVID Patient Hospitalization



POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 2





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 12 79 67








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – calls for service increasing. Have received no complaints of public health order violation; receive frequent noise complaints.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative).

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

180 families will receive food packs tomorrow Southern NM Project. Zoom city council meeting last night. Operations as normal.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



City council has dedicated money to nonprofit and community groups. More via news release:

http://www.las-cruces.org/2121/Resources-for-Families-Youth
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Had reports of kids jumping a fence at Mayfield High School to play soccer.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Three weeks left in the school year. Online learning going well during shutdown. News release forthcoming about cooler donations to schools as meal distribution continues.






Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



No report Wednesday.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



No report Wednesday.
Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report Wednesday.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

No report Wednesday.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing to report Wednesday.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

Nothing new to report.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



No report Wednesday.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

No report Wednesday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



No report Wednesday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

Looking for guidance from the state on PPE as businesses look to reopen in phases. Will provide PPE to those dealing with COVID-19 response; not enough supplies to open wide distribution. 100% mask wear in effect at OEM.
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Video visits with inmates started yesterday. Aside from that, operations are business as usual. UPS and FedEx are making deliveries at the gate; no one allowed iside the facility.
State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing new to report Wednesday.
Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org

Nothing to report Wednesday.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



No report Tuesday.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Testing today:

Anthony: Anthony Water District Chaparral: The Bumblebee childcare center, Otero County Prison Las Cruces: Children’s Garden Northrise Sunland Park: Mercedes Grocery Regional: All Public Health Offices (by appointment)

May 6, 2020 2:42 PM

NMSU Golf Course reopens to the public with specific restrictions
DATE: 05/06/2020
WRITER: Victoria Balderrama, 575-646-1614, vbalde@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Jason White, 575-646-3219, jaw@nmsu.edu
After closing golf operations March 24 due to COVID-19, the New Mexico State University Golf Course has reopened with specific restrictions.

“We will operate with a health and safety-first mindset,” said Jason White, director of the NMSU Golf Course. “Yes, there will be restrictions with new operating policies and procedures, but we are grateful to be open. We are excited to be able to provide an environment where our customers can get outside and exercise their mind and body. This is a stressful time for everyone, and everyone has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. If golf can provide an environment for someone to escape the stress of our new, not so normal lives, we will do our part by providing a safe environment.”

Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., customers are asked to book one tee time for no more than four people with 15-minute intervals by calling 575-646-3219. Tee times can be made seven days in advance on a rolling schedule.

The clubhouse will be open with a strict social distancing requirement in place for customers. Restrooms will be open but all other facilities in the club house will be closed.

The driving range will be closed along with the practice putting greens. Only the clubhouse practice green will be open for customers with a tee time and will be limited to eight people.

Beverage cart operators will adhere to strict serving and social distancing procedures. Customers are allowed to bring their own water.

For more information on the NMSU Golf Course visit https://golf.nmsu.edu or @NMSUGolf on Facebook. To read about New Mexico’s requirements for golf course COVID safe practices visit https://www.newmexico.gov/jobs-the-economy/cov id-safe-practices-for-all-employers/additional-csps-for-golf-course/.

May 6, 2020 1:53 PM

Information for Motorists

SANTA FE— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an order Monday waiving most late fees and other penalties assessed by the Motor Vehicle Division since March 11, when she first issued a state of emergency for New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order 2020-016 requires the Motor Vehicle Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department to temporarily waive fees and penalties incurred due to the social distancing recommendations that closed many MVD offices until further notice.
The waiver will continue through the period MVD field offices are closed and for a reasonable period of time after, to be determined by the secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department.
Late fees and other penalties will still apply if they are incurred prior to or after the temporary waiver period.
State Police is further directed, and local law enforcement is encouraged, not to issue citations for registrations or licenses that expire during the waiver period.
“MVD offices have been closed to protect public health. The governor’s action today provides flexibility for customers who are concerned about staying in compliance with New Mexico’s motor vehicle laws,” said Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke.
The waiver applies to motor vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses and other driver and motor vehicle privileges. The waiver also covers drivers who are required to have a vision or medical report with the MVD.
Motorists are still encouraged to use mvdonline.com to take care of the many MVD transactions that can be completed there, including vehicle registration and license renewals (as long as they are not for first-time Real ID licenses), updating address and insurance information and other services.
The MVD also has set up two email addresses for customers with questions and concerns. One, MVD.closure@state.nm.us, should be used by customers with general questions. The other, MVD.forseniors@state.nm.us, is dedicated to drivers age 79 and older.
The MVD call center number can be reached at 888-683-4636.

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May 6, 2020 1:47 PM

NMSU community comes together to give back during COVID-19 pandemic

DATE: 05/06/2020
WRITER: Amanda Adame, 575-646-7953, aadame4@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Nancy McMillan, 575-646-5000, nmcmilla@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Z. Sophia Pook, 575-646-7031, zspook@ad.nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Leslie Beck, 575-646-2888, lebeck@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University system faculty, staff and students have come together to lend a helping hand to the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Outreach efforts across the university system have provided many types of assistance, such as food for the homeless, groceries for the vulnerable, personal protective equipment for area healthcare professionals and more.

Supplies for healthcare workers have been scarce nationwide, and Las Cruces is no exception. Leslie Beck, an extension weed specialist and assistant professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, saw the dire situation and donated excess personal protection equipment from her lab, adding to the supplies gathered and distributed by NMSU’s Police Department. Beck donated 2,000 gloves, 125 disposable Tyvek coveralls and one box of dust masks.

“Most heroes don’t wear capes,” Beck said. “But here’s to hoping that from this point on, they are able to wear the appropriate PPE to protect themselves in the line of duty!”

In the College of Engineering, the Aggie Innovation Space has created more than more than 400 face shields for healthcare workers. They plan to create 300 more this week.

In the College of Business, Rajaa Shindi, an assistant professor of accounting, is collaborating with Healthcare Pharmacy, a locally owned pharmacy, to collect sanitizers, detergents and gloves to be donated to local medical personnel and their families to stay safe in their homes.

Nancy McMillan, department head of geological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and parishioner at St. Andrew’s Episcopal church, partnered up with the Player’s Grill to host a potluck on Easter Sunday for people living in Camp Hope, the tent city associated with the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. After the stay-at-home order was mandated throughout the state, McMillan had to be creative to make sure the St. Andrew’s tradition of a monthly potluck supper, called Second Sunday Supper, continued.

“We decided to get single serving boxes. So, we were looking at the catering and deli places in town and then I got an email from the Player’s Grill, the restaurant at the NMSU Golf Course,” McMillan said. “It said we know you can’t come to our restaurant but, if you have any need for catering or anything else think of us. I really want to keep my staff employed. It was really heartwarming. Through donations from church members, we were able to continue our tradition of fellowship at Camp Hope and support staff working at the Player’s Grill.”

Because many basic essentials on store shelves have in short supply due to the pandemic, Zooey Sophia Pook, director of NMSU’s LGBT+ Programs, started a campaign to help find and deliver essential items to the elderly and disabled who have difficulty getting supplies they need. Pook is receiving three to four emails a day asking for items such as toilet paper and food. Along with James Rice, an NMSU professor of sociology, Pook has been delivering items daily. If you know someone in need of essential supplies, email Pook at phb20149@gmail.com.

NMSU faculty and staff are not the only ones giving back. NMSU alumnus Lawrence Chavez, CEO of EveryDay Contacts, has donated more than 165 gallons of hand sanitizer to homeless shelters and healthcare providers through his company.

The kinesiology department in the College of Education is making sure parents and kids in the community continue to stay active. Amanda Concha, the Aggie Play coordinator, has created a series of online work out videos for kids to have fun while staying active. To participate in the Aggie Play workouts, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5disRbcBLg.

“I have been greatly encouraged to learn of the efforts of my colleagues at NMSU on behalf of the community,” Beck said. “We are working together and doing what we can to help those who are on the front lines and those who may be struggling.”

NMSU President John Floros said the efforts of Aggie employees, students and alumni are inspiring, and show the connection the university system has to the communities it serves.

“There are dozens of examples of these kinds of collaboration and service efforts being undertaken by our Aggie community,” Floros said. “It’s a testament to who we are and how we deal with challenges and adversity. I could not be more proud of our generous and compassionate Aggies.”

May 6, 2020 10:01 AM

State of New Mexico feeding thousands
of children, seniors, tribal members during pandemic

SANTA FE – State government agencies have delivered more than 5.4 million meals to children and youth, more than 293,000 meals to seniors and, separately, more than 400,000 pounds of food items to those communities most in need throughout New Mexico since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the initial issuance of “stay at home” directives. The state has also increased the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollments and benefits to families and has implemented innovative, collaborative efforts to deliver meals to tribal communities across the state.

“I am incredibly grateful to the state employees from every community across this state who have stepped up in this crisis to make sure New Mexicans have access to nutritional food and clean water,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “We are truly all in this together as one state government to serve the people of this state, from our tribal neighbors to the elderly to families in need and so many more.”

Keeping New Mexicans fed and increasing food security for children, youth and seniors has been achieved through extensive collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the state’s Emergency Operations Center, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management along with multiple state government agencies, tribal governments, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), New Mexico farmers, food banks, meal suppliers, local governments, corporate foundations and other funders. The New Mexico National Guard has been a critical partner in making food deliveries.

The state Public Education Department and Children, Youth and Families Department continue to provide meals for children at school and community sites through federal United States Department of Agriculture waivers that made “grab and go” meals prepared in school cafeterias possible. More than 102,000 children and youth per day are receiving these meals, which they pick up at local schools or in other community locations.

PED also worked with the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department to apply for the waivers and both agencies will follow through with uninterrupted meal provision through the regular NM Summer Meals Program, which was the model for the pandemic meals to go efforts.

The state Indian Affairs Department and the CYFD are also working with the USDA to deliver meals to children and youth living in Tribal communities through a new Meals-2-You home delivery pilot program.

To date, Meals-2-You, which is supported by PepsiCo’s Food for Good Foundation and Baylor University, has delivered more than 42,000 meals to children who live in tribal communities in New Mexico. In most cases, food for each child is delivered to the tribe, nation or pueblo’s emergency management team for distribution. Additional waivers granted by the USDA allowed for two weeks’ worth of nutritious breakfasts and lunches to be delivered at a time.

Recognizing the impact of the closure of Gallup on food and water supply, state agencies sprung into action to make sure that marginalized New Mexicans do not go hungry.

With a mission of “do right and feed everybody,” the USDA also has partnered with the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department to replicate this meal delivery program to provide meals to at-risk seniors both across New Mexico and on sovereign land. The ALTSD has provided more than 293,000 meals.

All children, youth and families enrolled in the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have also received the maximum available benefit for the months of March and April. The Human Services Department has worked to increase SNAP enrollment for eligible families statewide, with a spike in applications by more than 40 percent in the month of April for this food support, enrolling an estimated 316,685 additional individuals. The department also provided an increased monthly stipend to households that did not receive the maximum SNAP benefits during the months of March and April with an average increase of $120 per household.

New Mexico families will receive more than $97 million in additional food benefits – enough to feed about 245,000 vulnerable children – following federal approval of a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program.

New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will receive benefits of $5.70 per child, per day for the 70-day period from March 16, 2020 when public schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through June 19, 2020. New Mexico households can receive Pandemic-EBT as well as continue to receive food distributions from their child’s school site. This will be deposited directly to existing EBT cards for families already receiving aid.

The Pandemic-EBT program will also benefit families that did not previously qualify for free or reduced-price meals but may now qualify due to changes in their household’s circumstances as a result of the restrictions implemented for non-essential businesses because of the COVID-19 response. Those families should contact their school district food service office to apply for benefits. If determined eligible, their children will receive Pandemic-EBT, and the benefit will be issued for the month determined eligible through June.

Families in need of free breakfasts and lunches for children under the age of 18, can find the closest meal distribution location here​. Disabled adults or seniors in need of food assistance can call 800-432-2080. Tribal members should reach out to their local emergency operations center for information on food and water distribution on Tribal land.

May 5, 2020 7:47 PM

Retailers, businesses shall require employees to wear face coverings
Employers, public need to be prepared for reopening

SANTA FE— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday urged business owners to begin preparing for the first phase of reopening New Mexico while the state continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel has amended the state public health emergency order clarifying some of the steps businesses must take in order to operate.
Beginning Wednesday, May 6, all large grocery and large retail spaces (those greater than 50,000 square feet in size) and all restaurants currently operating curbside and delivery service will be required to ensure that all employees have at least cloth face coverings.
All employees must wear their face coverings in the workplace at all times when in the presence of others.
Beginning Monday, May 11, all essential businesses of any size currently operating under the public health order must also comply with the face covering requirement.
All employers are strongly encouraged to acquire the face coverings for all employees over the next week, in preparation for a potential Phase One reopening in mid-May. Otherwise they may not be able to operate in compliance with state requirements.
Retailers will not be required to provide face coverings for customers but are encouraged to post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear their own masks. Retailers at their own discretion may require customers to wear masks.
The administration last week issued a set of COVID-safe practices for all employers and an additional set for all retailers (see attached). Other COVID-safe requirements and best practices specific to other industries are under development.

The governor last week extended her stay-at home order to May 15, with modifications allowing some limited, additional retail and recreational opportunities. Further reopening will depend on businesses and individuals doing their part to keep their neighbors safe in order to meet gating criteria.

“If New Mexicans don’t behave safely, we won’t be able to reopen more than we have. Every single one of us has to do their part,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

May 5, 2020 7:40 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,138
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
21 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
43 new cases in McKinley County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
25 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 162.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,138 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 963
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 25
Cibola County: 74
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 20
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 173
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 12
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,274
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 24
Roosevelt County: 10
Sandoval County: 426
San Juan County: 806
San Miguel County: