As of today, New Mexico employers must notify the environment department within four hours of any employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The mandate comes as the result of an emergency rule filed today by the department and will remain in effect for no more than 120 days, unless it's adopted as a permanent rule before then.

A news release from the department states that its Occupational Health and Safety Bureau is frequently notified of positive cases after employers learn of the cases. So far, there have been more than 600 cases in which an employer knew of an employee with COVID-19 before the environment department did, including 280 times in which the employer knew for at least three days prior.

The new rule is intended to allow the state to employ its rapid response program more rapidly. In a nutshell, when an employee at a business tests positive for COVID-19, either the health, environment or another agency deploys to the business to ensure employees are tested and quarantined. The business must also temporarily close, disinfect and have a safety plan in place.

"A critical element of the state's rapid responses is timing—we need to hear as soon as possible when a positive case is identified," NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney said in a statement. "This amendment ensures that New Mexico employees are protected in the workplace and employers are held accountable. Our Occupational Health and Safety Bureau expects compliance with this emergency rule starting today." Lack of compliance could result in enforcement action by the department, according to the news release.

The department initiated 160 rapid responses between July 27 and Aug. 2. The daily rapid response reports can be viewed here.

As for new cases, New Mexico health officials today reported 229 new positive tests for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total thus far to 21,566. Of those, the health department has designated 8,828 as recovered.

The new cases include 45 in Bernalillo County, 44 in Doña Ana County and 27 in Lea County. Santa Fe County had nine new cases today, and has had 610 so far, 241 of which have been designated as recovered.

The state also announced nine more deaths from Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, as well as the first two deaths for Union County. There have now been 667 fatalities.

As of today, 138 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.*

As of today, the current effective rate of transmission statewide has dropped to 0.72, well below the established gating criteria of 1.05. The state also remains below its 5% target for case positivity rate at 3.5%.

This week's modeling report shows cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all decreased. Among positive cases, visits to restaurants and community gatherings have decreased, but travel remains high.

New cases

  • 45 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 12 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 13 new cases in Curry County
  • 44 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 27 new cases in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 2 new cases in Luna County
  • 16 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Otero County
  • 8 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 8 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 10 new cases in San Juan County
  • 9 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Sierra County
  • 3 new cases in Taos County
  • 8 new cases in Valencia County
  • 2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
  • 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

New fatalities

  • A male in his 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • A second male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Princeton Place facility
  • A third male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 60s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 80s from Union County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Clayton Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • A male in his 90s from Union County who was a resident of Clayton Nursing and Rehabilitation

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:

  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
  • Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Bonney Family Home in Gallup
  • Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in Alamogordo
  • Casa Contenta Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Sunview in Albuquerque
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Clayton Nursing and Rehabilitation in Clayton
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • El Castillo in Santa Fe
  • Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
  • GoodLife Senior Living in Carlsbad
  • Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
  • Life Spire Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
  • McKinley Care Center in Gallup
  • The Meadows Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • Montebello on Academy in Albuquerque
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio Rancho
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
  • New Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences
  • North Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho
  • Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
  • Sierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences
  • Sierra Hills Assisted Living in Truth or Consequences
  • Sierra Springs Assisted Living in Los Lunas
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell
  • Taos Living Center in Taos
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las Cruces
  • Wheatfields Senior Living in Clovis
  • White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs
  • The Woodmark at Uptown in Albuquerque

Statewide cases

According to a state news release, previously reported numbers included one case in Doña Ana County that has been identified as a duplicate; one case in Chaves County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident; and one case in Santa Fe County that was not lab confirmed. Previously reported numbers also included one case reported as an New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility that has been determined to be an NMCD inmate at the Lea County Correctional Facility, as well as seven cases (three in Bernalillo County, three in Cibola County, one in Sandoval County) reported in respective county totals that have since been determined to be among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

  • Bernalillo County: 4,989
  • Catron County: 4
  • Chaves County: 395
  • Cibola County: 345
  • Colfax County: 15
  • Curry County: 506
  • Doña Ana County: 2,315
  • Eddy County: 269
  • Grant County: 70
  • Guadalupe County: 31
  • Harding County: 1
  • Hidalgo County: 88
  • Lea County: 706
  • Lincoln County: 113
  • Los Alamos County: 20
  • Luna County: 240
  • McKinley County: 4,025
  • Mora County: 6
  • Otero County: 195
  • Quay County: 34
  • Rio Arriba County: 306
  • Roosevelt County: 152
  • Sandoval County: 1,111
  • San Juan County: 3,017
  • San Miguel County: 42
  • Santa Fe County: 610
  • Sierra County: 31
  • Socorro County: 73
  • Taos County: 102
  • Torrance County: 60
  • Union County: 28
  • Valencia County: 389

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 291
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 279
  • Otero County Processing Center: 159
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 43

Cases among people being held by the Mexico Department of Corrections

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 25
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 5
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 470
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 3

*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.