DOH: Over 2,100 new COVID-19 cases again, 23 new deaths

DOH: Over 2,100 new COVID-19 cases again, 23 new deaths

The state Department of Health reported 2,142 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The department also reported 23 additional deaths related to the disease. On Saturday, the department reported 854 individuals were hospitalized for COVID-19, a decrease of 20 since Friday. This could include those from other states who are hospitalized in New Mexico, but would not include New Mexicans who are hospitalized out of state. Bernalillo county had by far the most new cases again, with 719.

NM hits another COVID-19 record, Department of Health reports 35 more deaths

New Mexico health officials announced Friday 2,076 new COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths related to the disease. This brought the total number of cases in New Mexico to 91,852 and 1,504 total deaths.  

The 35 deaths were the most in a single day in New Mexico. 

DOH: 1,708 new cases of COVID-19, 18 new deaths

The state Department of Health reported 1,708 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the second-straight day of fewer than 2,000 cases. The department also reported 18 additional deaths related to the disease

On Thursday, the department reported 880 individuals were hospitalized for COVID-19, an decrease of 17 since Wednesday. This could include those from other states who are hospitalized in New Mexico, but would not include New Mexicans who are hospitalized out of state. Bernalillo County had the most newly reported cases, again, with 671. Four other counties reported 100 or more cases as well: Doña Ana County (182), Sandoval County (120), San Juan County (119) and McKinley County (100).

DOH reports lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in over a week, but hospitalizations continue to rise

The state of New Mexico reported fewer than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time in over a week. The state Department of Health announced 1,873 new cases of the disease on Wednesday, the fewest in a single day since Nov. 16. The department also reported 23 new deaths related to COVID-19. While the new cases dropped, the number of hospitalizations once again increased, with 897 individuals hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, an increase of 26 since Tuesday.

Lujan Grisham signs COVID-19 relief package into law

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the $330 million COVID-19 relief package into law on Wednesday, less than a day after the Legislature passed the package in a one-day special session. The bill includes funds to provide more aid for small businesses, the unemployed and more money for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and preparations for the rollout of vaccines. While acknowledging that this will mean a lot for those who have been impacted by COVID-19, Lujan Grisham said “our work isn’t done.”

Related: Legislature passes COVID relief bill during quick special session

“The pandemic has never been more dangerous in our state, and the economic pain caused by the spread of the virus is felt in every corner of New Mexico,” Lujan Grisham said. “We must remain vigilant in our fight against the virus. We must continue to evaluate how we can get more assistance to more New Mexicans who need it in this time of crisis.”

The two largest line items are $100 million in grants for small businesses, which will be handled by the New Mexico Finance Authority and a one-time $1,200 unemployment benefit for New Mexicans who have claimed unemployment. 

It also includes $15 million for housing assistance, $10 million for contact tracing, testing and vaccine distribution efforts, $5 million for food banks in the state and $5 million in direct assistance to those who did not receive a stimulus payment from the federal government earlier this year.