NM has record high number of deaths, nearly 2,500 new COVID-19 cases

New Mexico public health officials reported 2,468 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 additional deaths related to the disease. The 33 deaths were the most reported in a single day during the pandemic. New Mexico has reported at least 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 for five consecutive days, including one day of more than 3,600 cases last week. DOH reported some details on each of the newly reported deaths. A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions.A second female in her 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions who was a resident of The Rio at Las Estancias facility in Albuquerque.A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.A second female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.A third female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.A fourth female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.A female in her 60s from Chaves County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A second female in her 60s from Chaves County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A third female in her 60s from Chaves County who had underlying conditions.A male in his 60s from Chaves County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 70s from Chaves County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 50s from Cibola County.A male in his 80s from Cibola County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized.A female in her 60s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces.A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 60s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 70s from Lea County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the White Sands Healthcare facility in Hobbs.A female in her 80s from Lea County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the White Sands Healthcare facility in Hobbs.A male in his 80s from Lea County who had underlying conditions.A female in her teens from McKinley County who had underlying conditions.A male in his 40s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 60s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 100s from Sandoval County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Palmilla Senior Living facility in Albuquerque.A female in her 50s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 60s from San Juan County.A male in his 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A second male in his 70s from San Juan County who was a resident of the Aztec Healthcare facility in Aztec.A male in his 80s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the San Juan Center in Farmington.A male in his 90s from San Juan County who was a resident of the Aztec Healthcare facility in Aztec.A male in his 90s from Taos County who had underlying conditions.

NM officials report more than 2k new COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths

The number of COVID-19 cases continued to skyrocket Saturday after state health officials reported 2,353 new cases and 25 related deaths. According to the update by health officials, there are 825 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 28,574 have been deemed recovered from the disease. 

Bernalillo County again significantly outpaced all other counties in terms of newly reported cases, with 647. The new cases also included two federal detainees at the Cibola County Correctional Center. In total, there have been 79,440 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and 1,350 reported deaths.   

The more than 2,000 new cases by county are below. 

647 new cases in Bernalillo County3 new cases in Catron County118 new cases in Chaves County57 new cases in Cibola County3 new cases in Colfax County85 new cases in Curry County2 new cases in De Baca County291 new cases in Doña Ana County72 new cases in Eddy County17 new cases in Grant County3 new cases in Guadalupe County1 new case in Hidalgo County113 new cases in Lea County31 new cases in Lincoln County4 new cases in Los Alamos County51 new cases in Luna County212 new cases in McKinley County1 new case in Mora County26 new cases in Otero County15 new cases in Quay County27 new cases in Rio Arriba County20 new cases in Roosevelt County149 new cases in Sandoval County127 new cases in San Juan County7 new cases in San Miguel County121 new cases in Santa Fe County10 new cases in Sierra County16 new cases in Socorro County16 new cases in Taos County21 new cases in Torrance County85 new cases in Valencia County2 new cases among individuals being held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center

Most of the newly reported deaths were in Doña Ana County, including a male in his 20s with underlying conditions. The breakdown of the newly reported deaths, by county are below. 

A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized, had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 90s from Cibola County who had underlying conditions.A male in his 20s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 40s from Doña Ana County.

Once the Wild West, Las Vegas is now the wired West as parents and kids cope with a life lived online.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — “I don’t like school, because it’s not real,” declared Colin Atman, age 6. The first-grader had a good point. Before the pandemic, Colin could dash around his Las Vegas school playground with his friends James and Damian, playing tag or a game called zombie. “I was, of course, more into zombie,” he clarified. 

That all screeched to a halt in March, when COVID-19 arrived in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham halted in-person education, and Colin had to switch to virtual learning. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, he was still running around, with his hair gelled into a 4-inch mohawk and wearing a T-shirt decorated with glowing green skeletons.

Nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, 23 additional deaths

The state Department of Health reported nearly 3,000 newly found cases of COVID-19 and 23 newly reported deaths related to the disease. Of the new cases, over one-third, 1,005, were from Bernalillo County. Seven other counties had 100 or more cases: Doña Ana County (281), Sandoval County (191), Santa Fe County (170), Valencia County (169), Chaves County (164), McKinley County (131) and San Juan County (100). DOH found at least one case in 32 of the state’s 33 counties. Additionally, state health officials reported two new cases among those held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center and 19 cases among those held by the state Department of Corrections.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/20/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state announced yet another record number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday, this time with more than 3,600 new cases. The state also announced twelve additional deaths, which brought the total deaths to over 1,300.The youngest New Mexican to die to COVID-19 happened on Tuesday when a 12-year-old died, the Albuquerque Journal reported.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the Legislature will enter a special session on Tuesday to address COVID-19 financial relief. Read more here.The governor asked local law enforcement to help enforce the state’s public health orders as cases continue to increase statewide, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.The state Department of Health will open the Gibson Medical Center as a limited care facility for those who are recovering from COVID-19, KOB-TV reported.New Mexico received refrigerated “mortuary trailers” to store the deceased, KRQE-TV reported.The closure of grocery stores in areas outside of Albuquerque for multiple COVID-19 cases has led to some anxiety in those communities, KOB-TV reported.Residents, including the mayor, of Carlsbad want the local Albertsons grocery store to reopen, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.Public Education Department Secretary Ryan Stewart issued a statement on the reports of noncompliance with COVID-19 safety protocols at schools in Gallup McKinley Schools:“We take all of these things very seriously, and we continue to follow up on reports received through the PED’s COVID-19 Safety Complaint Portal.

State reports more than 3,600 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths

New Mexico Department of Health officials announced 3,674 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, blowing past the record-setting 2,897 cases that were reported just Wednesday. 

Several counties reported new records in single-day increases in cases of the disease. Over a thousand new cases were identified in Bernalillo County alone, and 502 new cases were reported in Doña Ana County. Three other counties had more than 200 new cases: Sandoval County (270), Santa Fe County (266) and McKinley County (209). Four other counties reported more than 100 new cases: Lea County (156), San Juan County (146), Valencia County (136) and Chaves County (110). 

Seventy new cases were identified among inmates held by the New Mexico Corrections Department, and eight new cases were identified among inmates held by the federal government at Cibola County Correctional Center. DOH also reported 12 new deaths related to COVID-19.

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s 11/19 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held their regular press conference on COVID-19 on Thursday. The press conference came as cases in the state continue to grow and the governor ordered a two-week shutdown for nonessential businesses that began on Monday. Read our recap of the press conference here.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/19/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/18/20 edition)The massive increase in COVID-19 cases shows no signs of slowing. The state set a new record with 2,897 newly reported cases on Wednesday, which represented just over 25 percent of all of the test results announced. The state also has a high number of deaths, with more in November than in any month so far—with two weeks to go.

Big box stores have further restrictions, but closed businesses allowed curbside pickup, delivery

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced an amendment to the state’s public health order that would change restrictions for big box stores in an attempt to make sure only the most essential businesses are able to have in-person services, but also to allow others to operate curbside or delivery services. The governor announced a two-week shelter-in-place order, which began Monday, because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout the state. After the two weeks, each county would be evaluated for how much it would be able to be open. Lujan Grisham implored New Mexicans to stay home as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus. “New Mexicans must stay at home to stop the spread and prevent needless mass casualties all throughout our state,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

New Mexico’s COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket: 2,897 new cases, 26 deaths

New Mexico’s COVID-19 case numbers continued their rapid rise, hitting another new single-day record as of Monday, when the state reported nearly 2,900 new cases of the disease, along with 26 new deaths. New Mexico health officials now have identified over 70,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The 2,897 new cases reported by the state Department of Health included 993 from Bernalillo County, far more than reported in a single day in the county and more than reported statewide in a single day until late October. Six other counties had over 100 newly reported cases: Doña Ana County (438), Santa Fe County (197), Chaves County (191), Sandoval County (179), Valencia County (138) and Lea County (123). 

On Wednesday, 30 of the state’s 33 counties reported at least one new case of the respiratory disease. DOH also reported 40 additional cases among inmates held by the state Department of Corrections.