October 28, 2020

663 new COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths as hospitalizations continue to rise

On Wednesday, the state Department of Health reported 663 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths related to the disease.

The number of deaths is the most in a single day since May 21.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 also continued to increase, hitting 313 as of Wednesday. This could include those from out of state who are hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19, but would not include New Mexicans who are hospitalized out of state. The state’s epidemiology report from earlier this week showed that the number of out-of-state residents in New Mexico hospitals remains very low and last peaked in June.

DOH also said that 78 percent of general beds and 79 percent of ICU beds are currently occupied. This accounts for those hospitalized for all reasons, not just COVID-19. 

DOH provided some details on each of the 11 newly reported deaths.

  • A female in her 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque.
  • A male in his 70s from Curry County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 80s from Curry County who was hospitalized.
  • A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized.
  • A male in his 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized.
  • A female in her 90s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 80s from Roosevelt County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

As usual, DOH did not disclose which underlying conditions any of the deceased had, only if one was present. According to the latest state epidemiology report, the most common underlying condition among those who have died in New Mexico so far is cardiovascular disease, followed by diabetes and hypertension. Some who have died had multiple conditions.

The 663 confirmed cases came out of 11,767 reported tests results, a day after the state reported a very low number of test results, likely because of the winter storm hitting the state.

The number of cases grew the most in Bernalillo County, where health officials reported 273 new cases. Doña Ana County, which had the most new cases in multiple days this week, had 97 new cases.

Santa Fe County had 46 new cases and Eddy County had 44 new cases. In all, DOH reported at least one case in 26 of the state’s 33 counties (including one case in De Baca County, just the second case in the county).

DOH has now found 43,826 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and reported 991 deaths related to the disease.

Of the confirmed cases, 21,224 are designated as recovered by the department as of Wednesday, an increase of 161 from Tuesday.

Testing details

As of Wednesday, 1,141,186 total tests have been processed according to its state coronavirus information page

The 663 confirmed cases represent 5.63 percent of the 11,767 tests processed since Tuesday. DOH uses a different calculation, by the date the specimen is collected instead of when results are processed, for its seven-day rolling average of cases. That can lag several days since some labs can take longer to process tests and report results to the state.

DOH provided the total number of newly reported cases by county:

  • 273 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 19 new cases in Chaves County
  • 6 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 13 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 97 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 44 new cases in Eddy County
  • 23 new cases in Lea County
  • 7 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 3 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 17 new cases in Luna County
  • 22 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 10 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 11 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 19 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 9 new cases in San Juan County
  • 4 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 46 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Sierra County
  • 6 new cases in Socorro County
  • 4 new cases in Taos County
  • 1 new case in Union County
  • 19 new cases in Valencia County
  • 2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility

Additionally, DOH provided the total number of cases by county, including those reported on Wednesday.

DOH identified three previously reported cases as duplicates (one in each of Bernalillo, Lea and Valencia counties) and three previously reported cases in Bernalillo County as not being lab confirmed. These all have been corrected and removed from the counties’ totals.

  • Bernalillo County: 10,857
  • Catron County: 10
  • Chaves County: 2,035
  • Cibola County: 571
  • Colfax County: 45
  • Curry County: 1,568
  • De Baca County: 2
  • Doña Ana County: 6,078
  • Eddy County: 1,481
  • Grant County: 187
  • Guadalupe County: 42
  • Harding County: 1
  • Hidalgo County: 117
  • Lea County: 2,110
  • Lincoln County: 380
  • Los Alamos County: 47
  • Luna County: 976
  • McKinley County: 4,649
  • Mora County: 14
  • Otero County: 513
  • Quay County: 102
  • Rio Arriba County: 501
  • Roosevelt County: 463
  • Sandoval County: 2,000
  • San Juan County: 3,788
  • San Miguel County: 175
  • Santa Fe County: 1,740
  • Sierra County: 110
  • Socorro County: 237
  • Taos County: 228
  • Torrance County: 99
  • Union County: 40
  • Valencia County: 953

DOH reported the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 348
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 390
  • Otero County Processing Center: 187
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 44

DOH reported 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: 90
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 110
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 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: 55
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

DOH has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days in 67 long-term care facilities, a decrease of one since Tuesday.

  • Adobe Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation 
  • Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
  • Avamere at Fiesta Park 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 Santa Fe
  • Brookdale Valencia Albuquerque
  • Calibre Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Colfax Long Term Care Center in Colfax
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hobbs
  • El Castillo in Santa Fe
  • Fairwinds Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • 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 Grants
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Ladera Center in Albuquerque
  • Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • La Vida Llena Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Lotus Care Homes Galaxia in Albuquerque
  • Life Care Center in Farmington
  • LifeSpire Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • 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
  • North Ridge Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) in Albuquerque
  • Palmilla Senior Living in Albuquerque
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
  • The Rio Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Rio Rancho Center
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • San Juan Center in Albuquerque
  • Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation in Los Alamos
  • South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
  • St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell
  • Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
  • Village Retirement Community in Roswell
  • Vista Hermosa in Santa Fe
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces
  • Westwind House Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis
  • White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs