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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 155 new cases, totaling 201,336

May 18, 2021

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 155 additional COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths. As of today, there are 150 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

 Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are: 

  • 44 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 5 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Lea County
  • 5 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 7 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Mora County
  • 3 new cases in Otero County
  • 4 new cases in Quay County
  • 2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 4 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 13 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 30 new cases in San Juan County
  • 15 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 5 new cases in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 3 new cases in Valencia County

 The Department of Health on Tuesday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19: Two recent deaths: 

  • A female in her 40s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 40s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

 The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 4,118. The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, May. 18 are: 87401 - 1287114 - 787121 - 687410 - 687004 - 587120 - 587113 - 487123 - 487413 - 487505 - 4 Daily case counts and test numbers are raw data based on information the state receives today - meaning data that has not yet been scrutinized to identify potential duplicates or late-arriving positives or negatives. By contrast, the Red Yellow Green county-level analysis provides a highly accurate picture for a two-week period of time. Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Sierra County); two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in Sandoval County, one in Sierra County); and one in Bernalillo County that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident - these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 201,336 COVID-19 cases: Bernalillo County: 58,032Catron County: 93Chaves County: 8,981Cibola County: 2,883Colfax County: 764Curry County: 5,230De Baca County: 167Doña Ana County: 24,774Eddy County: 6,853Grant County: 1,715Guadalupe County: 408Harding County: 10Hidalgo County: 363Lea County: 8,297Lincoln County: 1,720Los Alamos County: 527Luna County: 3,351McKinley County: 12,319Mora County: 171Otero County: 3,961Quay County: 513Rio Arriba County: 3,613Roosevelt County: 1,981Sandoval County: 12,018San Juan County: 15,200San Miguel County: 1,355Santa Fe County: 10,353Sierra County: 773Socorro County: 1,318Taos County: 1,673Torrance County: 793Union County: 250Valencia County: 6,757 County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19. The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities: 

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 202
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

 The Department of Health currently reports 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: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 252
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

  As of today, there are 186,774 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health. The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities: 

  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Casa de Oro in Las Cruces
  • Desert Peaks Assisting Living and Memory Care in Las Cruces
  • Genesis Healthcare Uptown in Albuquerque
  • Genesis Rio Rancho Center
  • Genesis Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Homes with a Heart Assisted Living - Raven House in Albuquerque
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • The Meadows Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas
  • New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Sunset Vista Senior Living Center in Silver City
  • Vista Hermosa in Santa Fe

 The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare. The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases. Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others. New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453). The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:

  • Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;
  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes;
  • Patients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.

 New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.