On Wednesday, October 21, the state reported 827 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths. New Mexico’s 7-day test positivity rate of 6.5% is a 91% increase since October 1, which indicates that the virus is spreading rapidly throughout our state. Today, 80% of general adult beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 71% of adult ICU beds across New Mexico hospitals are occupied. This includes patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and other illnesses.
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico
- Positive: 38,715
- Currently Hospitalized: 202
- Deaths: 950
- Recovered: 20,332
- Total Tests: 1,078,087
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19. The New Mexico Department of Health says the number hospitalized 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.
New Mexico Holding Facilities
The Department of Health is currently reporting the following numbers at facilities in New Mexico. Please note: These numbers are not being included in county totals, however they are included in total positive cases within the state of New Mexico.
- Cibola County Correctional Center: 340
- Otero County Prison Facility: 340
- Otero County Processing Center: 181
- Torrance County Detention Facility: 44
- Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 41
- Lea County Correctional Facility: 103
- Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility: 5
- Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
- Otero County Prison Facility: 472
- Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
- Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 45
- Western New Mexico Correctional Facility: 4
Note: On Monday, August 3, 2020, only partial COVID-19 numbers were released by the New Mexico Department of Health due to technical issues. Monday’s remaining totals were added to Tuesday, August 4, 2020 totals.
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:
- Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
- Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation
- Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
- Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
- BeeHive Homes Volcano Cliffs in Albuquerque
- Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
- Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
- Brookdale Valencia Albuquerque
- Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in Alamogordo
- Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
- Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
- Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
- Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
- Colfax Long Term Care Center in Springer
- Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hobbs
- El Castillo in Santa Fe
- Good Life Senior Living in Artesia
- Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad
- Good Life Senior Living in Lovington
- Good Samaritan Manzano Del Sol Independent Senior Living in Albuquerque
- Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
- Laguna Rainbow Care in Casa Blanca
- Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
- Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
- Life Care Center in Farmington
- LifeSpire Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
- Lotus Care Homes in Albuquerque
- Kingston Residence of Santa Fe
- Mission Arch Center in Roswell
- MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio Rancho
- The Montebello on Academy in Albuquerque
- The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
- New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
- Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) in Albuquerque
- Tracking Coronavirus in New Mexico
- Tracking Coronavirus in Navajo Nation
- Trendline Charts: New Mexico Coronavirus Cases by County, by Day
How COVID-19 Spreads
Close contact can occur while caring for a patient, including:
- Being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a patient with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time.
- Having direct contact with infectious secretions from a patient with COVID-19. Infectious secretions may include sputum, serum, blood, and respiratory droplets.
- Older adults
- People who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease
- Healthcare professionals
Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because:
- As people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection.
- Many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.
The best prevention for yourself, your family, and society are the same measures to prevent flu; wash your hands frequently and cough into your arm.
Ways to prevent the spread of viruses
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Practice good health habits
- You should not go to work and your child should not go to school if you or your child have a fever of 100.4 or greater. (Before you return to work or your child returns to school there should be no fever for 24 hours without medication)
What to Do if You Get Sick
- Stay home and call your doctor
- Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
- Know when to get emergency help
- Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.