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Updated COVID-19 Positive Cases (as of September 17, 2020)
State of New Mexico - 27,199
Total COVID-19 Related Deaths in NM - 836
New Mexico Department of Health 1-855-600-3453

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September 18, 2020 6:56 PM

State amends guidance for small groups
in exercise settings, outdoor activities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the state will update its guidance within the emergency public health order to permit small groups in exercise settings and safe outdoor activities for New Mexicans.

An amended emergency public health order, which is in effect through mid-October, will permit youth sports conditioning and skills development, with no more than 10 individuals in any one group, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Competitive contact play remains off-limits.

In addition, New Mexicans may overnight camp at most state parks in groups of no more than 10. That change will be effective Oct. 1.

Other changes include:
Pick-your-own pumpkin patches will be permitted to operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices for agri-tourism businesses
Ice skating rinks may operate for athletic training and practice by reservation only
Swimming pools may open with no more than 10 individuals in a pool at any one time; previously swimming pools were permitted only to provide lane swimming.
The state’s full complement for COVID-Safe Practices for different industries and activities, compiled with the assistance of the Economic Recovery Council and industry leaders, is available here.

“We all want to keep making progress in combating the virus,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “New Mexicans have done incredible work. These changes are hopefully an opportunity for families and kids to safely enjoy more activities. But we’ve got to keep making the right decisions – keep wearing face coverings, keep avoiding large groups and contact with others – and avoid a false sense of security. The results are clear: A safer state, safer communities and fewer dangerous illnesses in New Mexico. We can keep up the great work, I am confident, and my goal will be to make additional moves in this direction this fall.”​

New Mexico’s progress in slowing the incidence and spread of COVID-19 has continued, with the statewide 7-day rolling average of daily cases at 90 as of Sept. 15, well below the gating criteria target of 168. The statewide rate of spread, or r-effective, remains below 1, meaning the virus is spreading slower and not exponentially. Although the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations remain significantly lower than earlier this summer, the southeast region made up the highest percentage of hospital admissions last week, according to the state Medical Advisory Team.


The state of New Mexico would like to remind residents that testing for COVID-19 is free and available to all at Department of Health offices and testing sites, many of which have expanded hours of availability. Information about those sites is available at


The state also reminds New Mexicans that a complete count of state residents for the 2020 Census is essential to ensuring billions in federal funds -- for education, food assistance, roadway infrastructure, health care and more – are provided for New Mexicans over the next decade. The Census is simple, secure and important – please visit to complete the form or call 844-330-2020.

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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, 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 •

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 and

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


Ventilator Use

Vent availability 18 82 65

Regional updates:

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager Nothing new to report. Board meeting at 6 PM. Agenda is on website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire No report.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo No report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson · 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

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael The Government Center re-opened to the public on September 8, 2020.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez No report.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker No report.

Village of Hatch Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD No report.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins 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


Ben Woods No report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister 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 Nothing new to report.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen 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 No report.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch


Hugo Costa, Executive Director 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

David Morgan 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