October 5, 2020

158 new cases of COVID-19, two additional deaths

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On Monday, the state Department of Health reported 158 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths related to the disease.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in New Mexico to 30,632 and the number of deaths related to COVID-19 to 894.

The new cases included 51 in Bernalillo County, 44 in Doña Ana County, 14 in Sandoval County, 12 in Curry County, 10 in Chaves County and one additional case among state inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County.

The two deaths were both residents in their 70s, according to DOH. One was a female from Chaves County, the other a male from Lea County. Both were hospitalized and had underlying conditions. DOH does not disclose which underlying condition any of the deceased had, only if one was present.

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The number of those hospitalized for COVID-19 increased to 97, six more than were hospitalized on Sunday. This could include those from other locations who are hospitalized in New Mexico, but would not include New Mexico residents who are hospitalized out of state.

The number of those designated as recovered by DOH also increased, to 17,330. That’s an increase of 60 from Sunday’s total.

In a separate release, the Public Education Department reported 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state’s public schools in the last 72 hours. 

Gating criteria

The number of daily cases, by date of specimen collection and on a seven-day rolling average, continued to rise, and hit 193 as of Sept. 28, higher than the goal of 168 cases or fewer. The date lags because some labs take longer to process and report totals to the state.

The rate of spread largely leveled off after rapid growth from early to mid-September, and stood at 1.24 as of Oct. 4—still much higher than at any time since the first few weeks of the pandemic. The state aims to keep the rate of spread at or below 1.05. The rate of spread is the number of people, on average, someone with COVID-19 will spread the disease to, and anything over 1 means the disease is spreading.

The test positivity rate remained below the goal of 5 percent, but continues to rise. As of Oct. 3, the test positive rate was 3.7 percent, the highest since early August.

Testing details

The DOH coronavirus information page said the state has processed 954,596 tests as of Monday, an increase of 6,651 since Sunday.

DOH reported the number of newly reported cases by county.

  • 51 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 10 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 12 new cases in Curry County
  • 44 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 4 new cases in Luna County
  • 1 new case in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 14 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 3 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new cases in Sierra County
  • 2 new cases in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Valencia County
  • 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County

DOH also reported the total number of cases by county, including those reported on Sunday.

Two previously reported cases (one in Curry County and one in Santa Fe County) were identified as duplicates, while another previously purported case from Bernalillo County was identified as an out-of-state resident. These cases have been corrected and removed from the state’s totals.

  • Bernalillo County: 6,928
  • Catron County: 9
  • Chaves County: 1,356
  • Cibola County: 446
  • Colfax County: 39
  • Curry County: 919
  • De Baca County: 1
  • Doña Ana County: 3,678
  • Eddy County: 911
  • Grant County: 131
  • Guadalupe County: 34
  • Harding County: 1
  • Hidalgo County: 102
  • Lea County: 1,524
  • Lincoln County: 225
  • Los Alamos County: 35
  • Luna County: 449
  • McKinley County: 4,356
  • Mora County: 7
  • Otero County: 280
  • Quay County: 77
  • Rio Arriba County: 404
  • Roosevelt County: 306
  • Sandoval County: 1,419
  • San Juan County: 3,392
  • San Miguel County: 104
  • Santa Fe County: 1,083
  • Sierra County: 50
  • Socorro County: 117
  • Taos County: 148
  • Torrance County: 80
  • Union County: 31
  • Valencia County: 606

Below are the cumulative number of cases from detention centers that house federal detainees. 

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 324
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 286
  • Otero County Processing Center: 163
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 44

And below are the total number of cases from detention centers that house state inmates. 

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 35
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 51
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 2
  • 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: 1
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

According to state health officials, there are 40 congregate care facilities that have reported at least one case of COVID-19 in the past 28 days. This is one more facility than listed in Sunday’s report.

  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Aristocrat Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
  • Avamere at Rio Rancho
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Brookdale Santa Fe
  • Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
  • Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in Alamogordo
  • 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
  • Good Life Senior Living in Lovington
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Heartfelt Manor in Roswell
  • Laguna Rainbow Care in Casa Blanca
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • Lotus Care Homes in Albuquerque
  • Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio Rancho
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Ramah Adult Care in Ramah
  • Raton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Raton
  • The Rehab Center of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • Sandia Senior Suites in Albuquerque
  • San Juan Center in Albuquerque
  • Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • Sunset Villa Nursing Home in Roswell
  • Tercer Cielo in Albuquerque
  • Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
  • Village Retirement Community in Roswell
  • The Watermark at Cherry Hills in Albuquerque
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces