New Mexico state health officials today announced 62 additional positive tests for COVID-19, bringing the state total to 686. At the time of this release, the state is reporting having performed 21,825 tests.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
  • 16 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 25 new cases in San Juan County
  • 11 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 2 new cases in Santa Fe County

The cases announced today include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where one additional resident and two additional staff members have now tested positive for COVID-19.

The health department has designated 133 COVID-19 cases as having recovered. Currently, 48 people are hospitalized, which may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized here, but does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

The state is not reporting county-by-county breakdowns for recoveries or hospitalizations. SFR has requested this information several times.

No additional deaths have been reported; thus far, the state has had 12 fatalities.

Statewide COVID-19 cases

Per the state, county totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency.
Bernalillo County: 262
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 14
Cibola County: 14
Curry County: 6
Doña Ana County: 30
Eddy County: 4
Grant County: 3
Lea County: 2
Lincoln County: 1
Los Alamos County: 2
McKinley County: 44
Otero County: 3
Rio Arriba County: 6
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 114
San Juan County: 83
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 64
Socorro County: 5
Taos County: 13
Torrance County: 6
Valencia County: 7

Grocery store rules

Meanwhile, the City of Santa Fe today expanded its own emergency orders to ban use of reusable grocery bags and rescinded its own 10-cent per paper bag fee. The new order also requires grocery stores to remain at no more than 30% of its listed fire capacity or a number that allows customers to remain six feet away from one another. It also requires grocery stores to provide access to hand-washing for employees, as well as customers if possible; disinfect carts and provide disinfecting wipes at high-touch areas; and designate employees to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleaning guidelines, among other measures. Read the complete order here.

Tribal funding

New Mexico's congressional delegation announced today state tribes will receive more than $674,000 in grants from the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The funds are part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Congress passed last week.

"Tribes have made it abundantly clear that the effects of COVID-19 on Indian Country will be devastating if they do not receive necessary public health, economic stabilization, and infrastructure resources," said US Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, in a news statement. "As Tribally-owned and operated businesses are forced to shutter to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, the federal government must now more than ever stand shoulder to should with Tribal governments to continue to provide essential services. Reliable access to transportation is especially important for Tribal communities during this public health crisis so that families can get the resources and health care they need, especially because transportation infrastructure in many Tribal communities is severely inadequate and in disrepair."