September 17, 2020 9:40 PM
New Mexico COVID-19 update: 159 new cases, totaling 27,199
Four additional COVID-19 deaths
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 159 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
38 new cases in Bernalillo County
17 new cases in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
1 new case in Curry County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
10 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
15 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
11 new cases in Luna County
5 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
2 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Thursday reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:
A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from Lea County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 40s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from Santa Fe County. The individual had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 836.
Previously reported numbers included one case in Santa Fe County was a duplicate and has now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 27,199 COVID-19 cases:
Bernalillo County: 6,144
Catron County: 11
Chaves County: 993
Cibola County: 407
Colfax County: 26
Curry County: 730
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 3,068
Eddy County: 654
Grant County: 100
Guadalupe County: 33
Harding County: 2
Hidalgo County: 99
Lea County: 1,299
Lincoln County: 179
Los Alamos County: 29
Luna County: 388
McKinley County: 4,285
Mora County: 7
Otero County: 243
Quay County: 70
Rio Arriba County: 381
Roosevelt County: 252
Sandoval County: 1,309
San Juan County: 3,245
San Miguel County: 91
Santa Fe County: 932
Sierra County: 40
Socorro County: 82
Taos County: 128
Torrance County: 64
Union County: 31
Valencia County: 534
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: 324
Otero County Prison Facility: 281
Otero County Processing Center: 163
Torrance County Detention Facility: 44
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 32
Lea County Correctional Facility: 19
Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 472
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4
As of today, there are 69 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 15,106 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Aristocrat Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Avamere at Rio Rancho
Avamere at Roswell
Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
Brookdale Santa Fe
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
Good Life Senior Living in Lovington
Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
Good Samaritan Society Socorro
Heartfelt Manor in Roswell
Heritage Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
LifeSpire Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
Mescalero Care Center in Mescalero
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches in Clovis
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Silver City Care Center in Silver City
Sunny Day Assisted Living in Gallup
Sunset Villa Nursing Home in Roswell
Village Retirement Community in Roswell
Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces
Wheatfields Senior Living in Clovis
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.
The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.
Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.
New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).
The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes;
Patients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
September 17, 2020 1:04 PM
Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County
575-525-5801 • firstname.lastname@example.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 as of September 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.:
(Includes Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties)
Total ICU Capability Currently in Use Capacity Remaining Availability
52 108 56
Covid Patient Hospitalization
POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 7
Vent availability 18 82 65
City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager www.cityofanthonynm.com Nothing new to report. Board meeting at 6 PM. Agenda is on website.
City of Sunland Park
Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire
www.sunlandpark-nm.gov No report.
City of Las Cruces
www.las-cruces.org Nothing new to report.
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire
www.las-cruces.org No report.
Las Cruces Public Schools
www.lcps.net · The LCPS School Board voted 4-1 to continue fully remote learning until the spring semester, with small groups of special education and at-promised youth introduced to in-person learning and tutoring). · Fairacres Elementary opened Tuesday, Sept. 15 after a two-week closure. Four employees at Fairacres tested positive for COVID since Aug. 14. · One Mayfield High School employee tested positive Friday, Sept. 11. Staff and the public were notified.
Doña Ana County
www.donaanacounty.org The Government Center re-opened to the public on September 8, 2020.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office
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 No report.
Town of Mesilla
www.mesillanm.gov Nothing new to report.
Memorial Medical Center
www.mmclc.org Low numbers of COVID-19 are allowing the hospital to again allow visitors. Effective 9/22/20, each patient is permitted to have one visitor per day. Visiting hours are from 1 PM to 5PM. Masks are required and screenings will be performed.
MountainView Regional Medical
www.mountainviewregional.com No report.
New Mexico State University
www.nmsu.edu Everything is going well at NMSU. Zero cases of COVID over the past 2 weeks. Research projects are ongoing. Contact tracing app is operational and available in the app store and for android.
New Mexico State University Police
Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen
www.nmsupolice.com Nothing new to report.
Office of Emergency Management
www.donaanacounty.org/emergency No report.
Southern New Mexico Correctional
Lt. Carlos Reyes
new-mexico-correctional-facility/ No report.
State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us No report.
Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch
Hugo Costa, Executive Director
www.mvrda.org No report.
U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector
Officer Joseph Barron
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
www.cv.nmhealth.org Testing sites for 08-26-20 · Anthony—Public Health Office • Chaparral—La Clinica De Familia • Hatch—Ben Archer Health Center • LC—NMSU Aggie Health Center • LC—NMSU Athletic Department • LC—Blue Horizon Assisted Living • LC—Public Health Office • LC—Casa Bella Assisted Living • Sunland Park—Public Health Office • La Union—La Clinica de Familia mobile unit at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church