New Mexico's COVID-19 testing capacity—one of the state's gating criteria for reopening sectors of the economy—has dipped below the target of 5,000 tests per day. Currently, the state reports 4,910 tests per day on a seven-day rolling average.

New Mexico is meeting all seven of its other criteria, with its rate of effective spread dropping to 0.87—the goal is 1.05 or below—and logging 111 daily cases over a seven-day average, well below the 168-per-day objective.

As New Mexico's cases have been dropping, so have rapid responses—deployed by the state when an employee tests positive—to workplaces for further testing, cleaning and review of safety protocols.

According to the state environment department's most recent rapid response report for the week ending Sept. 6, the state logged 163 rapid responses, versus 235 the week prior. Santa Fe County ranked number six for rapid responses, accounting for 6% or nine of the total rapid responses, at the following workplaces: City of Santa Fe Public Works Department, El Parasol, Big R of Santa Fe, the state Department of Finance Administration, Wendy's on Cerrillos Road, Bank of America Mortgage, New Mexico School for the Arts, Descartes Labs and the Santa Fe New Mexican. The report indicates each workplace had only one positive case in the most recent report, although El Parasol had had two other cases the week prior, while NMSA and the New Mexican had prior rapid responses earlier this summer.

New Mexico health officials today reported 44 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total thus far to 26,181.

Bernalillo County led the state with half of them—22 new cases. Chaves and Eddy counties each had four new cases. Santa Fe County had two.

As of today, 68 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.* No additional deaths were reported today; there have been 807 fatalities so far.

New cases

  • 22 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 1 new case in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Valencia County

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:

  • Adobe Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Atria Vista del Rio in Albuquerque
  • Avamere at Roswell in Roswell
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomfield
  • Brookdale Santa Fe
  • Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Paz Senior Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
  • Good Life Senior Living in Lovington
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Good Samaritan Society Socorro
  • Harmony Residential Care in Rio Rancho
  • Heritage Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • LifeSpire Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
  • Mescalero Care Center in Mescalero
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
  • New Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences
  • North Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe
  • Palmilla Senior Living in Albuquerque
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • The Rehab Center of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • San Juan Center in Farmington
  • Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • Sunny Day Assisted Living in Gallup
  • Tender Heart Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Village Retirement Community in Roswell
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces
  • Wheatfields Senior Living in Clovis

Statewide cases

According to a state news release, previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Colfax County and one in Doña Ana County) and five cases that were not lab confirmed: one in Bernalillo County, one in Cibola County, two in Doña Ana County and one in McKinley County. These have been corrected for the county totals, which are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

  • Bernalillo County: 5,979
  • Catron County: 11
  • Chaves County: 820
  • Cibola County: 397
  • Colfax County: 23
  • Curry County: 707
  • Doña Ana County: 2,955
  • Eddy County: 584
  • Grant County: 89
  • Guadalupe County: 32
  • Harding County: 2
  • Hidalgo County: 98
  • Lea County: 1,205
  • Lincoln County: 175
  • Los Alamos County: 27
  • Luna County: 342
  • McKinley County: 4,244
  • Mora County: 6
  • Otero County: 228
  • Quay County: 64
  • Rio Arriba County: 370
  • Roosevelt County: 210
  • Sandoval County: 1,262
  • San Juan County: 3,220
  • San Miguel County: 87
  • Santa Fe County: 868
  • Sierra County: 38
  • Socorro County: 78
  • Taos County: 118
  • Torrance County: 63
  • Union County: 31
  • Valencia County: 527

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 324
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 281
  • Otero County Processing Center: 159
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 44

Cases among people being held by the New Mexico Department of Corrections

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 29
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 4
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

*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.