Today, New Mexico health officials reported 577 new COVID-19 cases, far outstripping the former highest day of 488 new cases last week.

The new numbers come as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham prepares tomorrow to announce amendments to the public health order intended to help curtail "uncontrollable spread," which she described last week as an "extreme risk" for the state.

Uncontrollable spread is here as far as the COVID Exit Strategy website—which health officials have referenced throughout the pandemic—is concerned. It currently lists New Mexico as having reached that state.

Bernalillo County continues to lead with the most new cases: 199 today, followed by Doña Ana County with 108 and Chaves County with 66. Santa Fe County had 17 new cases today.

The health department's weekly epidemiology report on cases shows the average daily case rate between Oct. 6-12, with the red and brick-colored counties showing the highest rate.

The same report indicates a decline in gatherings among people testing positive who report activities, with reported visits to restaurants higher than both gatherings and travel.

oct14covidactivitiesThe state also announced three additional deaths from Bernalillo, Chaves and Doña Ana counties; there have now been 921 fatalities.

As of today, 145 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 20 more than yesterday.* A weekly epidemiology report on hospitalizations through Oct. 12 says the state had had 127 hospitalizations in the week prior. The chart below shows those admissions per 100,000 by county.oct14hospitaladmissions

New cases

  • 199 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 66 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 19 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 108 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 18 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 16 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 5 new cases in Luna County
  • 6 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Mora County
  • 10 new cases in Otero County
  • 2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 9 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 38 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 25 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 17 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 4 new cases in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 15 new cases in Valencia County
  • 4 new cases among individuals being held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility

New fatalities

  • A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 70s from Chaves County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 90s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Las Cruces

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:

  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes Volcano Cliffs in Albuquerque
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Brookdale Santa Fe
  • Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in Alamogordo
  • Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Colfax Long Term Care Center in Springer
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hobbs
  • Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad
  • Good Life Senior Living in Lovington
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Laguna Rainbow Care in Casa Blanca
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • LifeSpire Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Lotus Care Homes in Albuquerque
  • Kingston Residence of Santa Fe
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio Rancho
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
  • New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Ramah Adult Care in Ramah
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
  • Rio Rancho Center
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • Sandia Senior Suites in Albuquerque
  • San Juan Center in Albuquerque
  • Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Tercer Cielo in Albuquerque
  • Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
  • Village Retirement Community in Roswell
  • The Watermark at Cherry Hills in Albuquerque
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces

Statewide cases

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

  • Bernalillo County: 8,126
  • Catron County: 9
  • Chaves County: 1,627
  • Cibola County: 474
  • Colfax County: 41
  • Curry County: 1,136
  • De Baca County: 3
  • Doña Ana County: 4,267
  • Eddy County: 1,064
  • Grant County: 151
  • Guadalupe County: 37
  • Harding County: 1
  • Hidalgo County: 108
  • Lea County: 1,684
  • Lincoln County: 263
  • Los Alamos County: 37
  • Luna County: 514
  • McKinley County: 4,435
  • Mora County: 10
  • Otero County: 320
  • Quay County: 80
  • Rio Arriba County: 427
  • Roosevelt County: 359
  • Sandoval County: 1,594
  • San Juan County: 3,508
  • San Miguel County: 125
  • Santa Fe County: 1,257
  • Sierra County: 67
  • Socorro County: 148
  • Taos County: 162
  • Torrance County: 91
  • Union County: 37
  • Valencia County: 681

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 329
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 295
  • Otero County Processing Center: 181
  • 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: 38
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 75
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 5
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 2
  • 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.