New Mexico health officials today announced 147 new positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases so far to 10,838.

As of today, 141 people are hospitalized—two more than yesterday—and the health department has designated 4,874 cases as recovered.*

The new cases were led by McKinley County with 50 new cases, followed by San Juan County with 41. The Torrance County Detention Facility has six new cases among people held by federal agencies.

Santa Fe County had two new cases and now has had 202 cases thus far, 120 of which have been designated as recovered.

The state also reported seven new deaths, including the first for Taos County: a man in his 90s who was a patient at Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque. There have been 476 total fatalities. Details on today's new cases, fatalities and statewide figures are available at the end of this report.

The latest COVID-19 numbers arrived as the state Department of Public Education released its recommendations to public and charter schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

"It is impossible to avoid all risks of virus transmission in the return to school," Education Secretary Ryan Stewart writes in the re-entry guide's introduction, "but we have the power to greatly minimize the potential for illness if we commit to taking reasonable precautions to contain the virus."

The re-entry guide for public schools calls for phased re-openings beginning Aug. 3 in which students will alternate between in-person instruction at the school building and online instruction when at home—a so-called hybrid model of instruction.

To start, all of New Mexico's school districts and schools across the state will be permitted to operate just according to the hybrid guidelines. The Department of Health and Medical Advisory Team will regularly assess rates of the spread of COVID-19. Districts and schools will then follow the appropriate guidelines based on their designated safe re-entry category. Schools also will be required to:

  • participate in a surveillance and rapid response testing program for all staff
  • adhere to the social distancing requirements of their designated category
  • require face coverings for all students and staff except while eating, drinking and exercising (with exceptions for students or staff who have medical reasons for not wearing a face covering)
  • screen staff daily (including temperature checks)
  • avoid large gatherings
  • require face coverings during transportation
  • provide meals to students

The state will be assessing the impact of school re-openings on the spread of the virus statewide before calling for full in-person re-entry.

New cases

  • 20 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 6 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Luna County
  • 50 new cases in McKinley County
  • 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 4 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 41 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Torrance County
  • 6 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility

New fatalities

  • A female in her 80s from Cibola County who was hospitalized and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants
  • A male in his 90s from Cibola County who was hospitalized, had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
  • A male in his 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 80s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 90s from Taos County who was a patient at Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque

Congregate facilities

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 facilities:

  • Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Artesia
  • Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
  • Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
  • BeeHive Homes of Gallup in Gallup
  • Belen Meadows in Belen
  • Bonney Family Home in Gallup
  • Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
  • Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
  • Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
  • Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
  • Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
  • Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
  • Good Samaritan Society in Grants
  • Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
  • The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
  • Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
  • La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
  • Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
  • Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
  • McKinley Care Center in Gallup
  • Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
  • Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
  • South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • Sundance Care Home in Gallup
  • Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
  • Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
  • Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington

Statewide cases

According to a state news release, previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Roosevelt County, one in Santa Fe County) and one case in Chaves County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident. These have been corrected. County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

  • Bernalillo County: 1,848
  • Catron County: 2
  • Chaves County: 65
  • Cibola County: 198
  • Colfax County: 9
  • Curry County: 115
  • Doña Ana County: 740
  • Eddy County: 58
  • Grant County: 17
  • Guadalupe County: 20
  • Harding County: 1
  • Hidalgo County: 39
  • Lea County: 79
  • Lincoln County: 7
  • Los Alamos County: 7
  • Luna County: 57
  • McKinley County: 3,155
  • Otero County: 32
  • Quay County: 5
  • Rio Arriba County: 82
  • Roosevelt County: 53
  • Sandoval County: 685
  • San Juan County: 2,235
  • San Miguel County: 18
  • Santa Fe County: 202
  • Sierra County: 7
  • Socorro County: 58
  • Taos County: 35
  • Torrance County: 38
  • Union County: 5
  • Valencia County: 97

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
  • Luna County Detention Center: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 275
  • Otero County Processing Center: 146
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 30

Cases among people being held by the Mexico Department of Corrections

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 412
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

*Per the health department, hospitalization figures include people who were tested elsewhere but are hospitalized in New Mexico, but don't include people who were tested here but are hospitalized out of state.