July 1, 2020

NM hits 500 total COVID-19 deaths

Andy Lyman

New Mexico Health officials announced Wednesday an additional three deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 500. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also announced the new numbers during a news conference on Wednesday and called the number of deaths a “grim milestone.”

“Every single one of these is an incredible loss to the families and loved ones and to the entire state,” Lujan Grisham said. “And I know that it goes without saying that everyone mourns these losses and we send our condolences to the families.”

The most recent deaths related to COVID-19 are as follows:

  • A male in his 60s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 80s from McKinley County who had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was a patient at the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.

State officials also announced an additional 130 cases of COVID-19 in the state for a total of 12,276 cases since the disease was first reported in the state in March.

According to health officials there are 127 people currently being hospitalized for COVID-19, with 38 of them on ventilators. There are 5,514 cases that are deemed recovered, an increase of 121 since Tuesday, according to health officials.

Doña Ana County, which saw a significant increase in positive cases on Tuesday, saw a drop in positive test cases on Wednesday. McKinley County, which still has the highest number of total cases saw a slight drop in daily cases. But San Juan County, which has the second highest number of total cases, saw a higher increase on Wednesday, compared to the day before. 

Here is the breakdown of new cases, by county:

  • 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
  • 2 new cases 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

Here are the total number of cases by county:

  • 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

The Otero County Prison Facility continues to dramatically outpace other detention centers in the state. Here are the total number of cases in state detention centers:

  • 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

There are four federal detention centers with positive cases. 

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 275
  • Otero County Processing Center: 147
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 32

Health officials continued to encourage all New Mexicans to stay home as much as possible and wear a nose and mouth covering when in public. 

Correction: This post originally listed one new case in Eddy County. The state corrected their release to indicate there were two new cases in that county. The total county and statewide case numbers were accurate and are unchanged.