The health department today launched, as promised, a new vaccine dashboard that will offer up-to-date data on the vaccine roll-out in New Mexico and features a map with the location of every active vaccination provider in the state.

As of today, the state has received 153,475 doses and administered 100,601 of them—38,479 in the last seven days.

In the first COVID-19 update of the year from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase and Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins, all three delivered a measured message of hopeful signals in the vaccine rollout tempered by continued concerns over rising cases, hospitalization rates and daily death counts.

Collins noted that half a million New Mexicans have registered for the state's vaccine registration site, which she said was the first of its kind in the state. She encouraged everyone to sign up for the site, which will then trigger a notification when people are eligible for a vaccine. She also reinforced that none of the information given is shared with the federal government.

The state recently launched the first part of its 1B vaccination phase, which includes people 75 years and older and will then move to people 16 and older with underlying conditions and then some essential workers and people in vulnerable congregate settings.

"It's important given the limited supply that we adhere to our sequential approach," Collins said, noting that the state hopes to open up vaccination to the general public by the middle of the year. She and others reinforced that even while vaccination rolls out, maintaining COVID-safe practices, such as mask-wearing and social distancing remains key.

"Keep in mind that getting the vaccine protects you from infection but we are not yet aware of how well it prevents transmission," Collins said.

As reported yesterday, 31 of New Mexico's counties remain in the red category of the state's county-level public health order—the level with the most restrictions— which evaluates counties' daily case counts over a 14-day period with a threshold of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

In the most recent update, Harding County became the first in the state to reach green by meeting both criteria and Union County met one of the two health metric thresholds—test positivity rate—and moved to the yellow stage.

"Although the vast majority of the state is red…11 counties have positivity rates below 10%, that's nearing that 5% positivity rate threshold," Lujan Grisham said, noting that between Thanksgiving and Christmas, many counties had significantly higher test positivity rates. The decreasing numbers, she said, "shows me we are trending…in the right direction. It also shows you the incredible work and leadership in these counties. When we crush this virus, we are going to be in yellow and green and we are going to be able to introduce much more risk."

New Mexico health officials today reported 1,434 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total so far to 160,543. Of those, the health department has designated 82,809 as recovered.

Bernalillo County had 344 new cases, followed by 166 in Doña Ana County and 155 in San Juan County. Santa Fe County had 77 new cases.

The state also announced 29 additional deaths, including a woman in her 80s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized; there have now been 2,836 fatalities statewide.

As of today, 691 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 126 on ventilators.*

Statewide, daily cases have been increasing and COVID-19 hospitalizations though lower than they have been, remain high, with all six of the state's hub hospitals at 100%.

In addition to rising cases, Scrase said, "this is the time of year when hospitals are full, even when we don't have COVID. We are clearly not out of the woods with hospitalizations."

Lujan Grisham also addressed the civil unrest unleashed in last week's attack on the US Capitol, followed by federal warnings about potential future violent protests across the country. The governor today issued an executive order effective Jan. 16 declaring an emergency due to the threat of riots and insurrection and calling into service the National Guard as needed.

"The best thing we can do in terms of public safety and security is to be prepared," she said. "You can't be prepared unless you have a plan for any potential significant issue. That means making sure you can secure buildings. That means making sure you have access to personnel like the National Guard."

The governor said states are being alerted by federal law enforcement "that being prepared is prudent" and that there are "calls to action" to domestic terror groups. "I take that incredibly seriously," she said. "The safety of every New Mexican is first and foremost on our mind."

She also issued a message to residents that they celebrate the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20 "from your living room. If you're displeased, that you do that from your living room…I ask for people to help keep everyone safe. No violence. Domestic terrorism will not be tolerated here and everyone who participates, if they participate in any of those efforts in this state, they will be held swiftly and firmly accountable."

In closing, the governor teased that, based on increasing evidence that in-person learning may carry a lower transmission risk, the state may soon have information on resuming in-person classes in some way.

"It's premature to tell you those components," she said, "but it is a very robust effort and I believe we are going to be able to talk to folks very soon."

All told, she issued thanks to people registering for the vaccine and to those offering "constructive feedback."

"We are moving through it," the governor said, regarding the pandemic. "We will succeed. We will come back stronger and better than ever before. I believe in us and I know that you do too."

New cases

  • 344 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 73 new cases in Chaves County
  • 9 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 38 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 166 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 64 new cases in Eddy County
  • 19 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 49 new cases in Lea County
  • 8 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 9 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 28 new cases in Luna County
  • 63 new cases in McKinley County
  • 5 new cases in Mora County
  • 55 new cases in Otero County
  • 63 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 16 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 88 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 155 new cases in San Juan County
  • 8 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 77 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 8 new cases in Sierra County
  • 11 new cases in Socorro County
  • 24 new cases in Taos County
  • 8 new cases in Torrance County
  • 31 new cases in Valencia County
  • 7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

New fatalities

  • A female in her 30s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 60s 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 the Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 70s from Chaves County who was a resident of the Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell
  • A female in her 90s from Chaves County who was a resident of the Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • A female in her 70s from Colfax County who was a resident of the Raton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Raton
  • A female in her 60s from Doña Ana County
  • A male in his 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s 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 60s from Eddy County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 40s from Lea County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Lea County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 80s from Lea County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • A male in his 80s from Lea County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 90s from Lea County
  • A female in her 60s from Luna County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 80s from Luna County who was a resident of the BeeHive Homes facility in Deming
  • A male in his 80s from Luna County who had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Otero County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 80s from Otero County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 80s from Roosevelt County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 60s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 50s who was hospitalized and was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana 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:

  • Albuquerque Grand Senior Living
  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • The Aldea House – Heaven Sent LLC in Albuquerque
  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Community in Alamogordo
  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Las Cruces
  • Artesia Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Artesia
  • Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
  • Avamere at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
  • Avamere at Rio Rancho in Rio Rancho
  • Avamere at Roswell in Roswell
  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque West
  • BeeHive Homes Clovis
  • BeeHive Homes Farmington
  • BeeHive Homes Santa Fe
  • BeeHive Homes Taylor Ranch in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes Volcano Cliffs in Albuquerque
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington
  • Brookdale Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Calibre Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • Camino Retirement Homes in Albuquerque
  • Carefirst Assisted Living Willow Wood House in Albuquerque
  • Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Palo Duro in Albuquerque
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Shalom in Rio Rancho
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Colfax Long-Term Care Center in Springer
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • El Castillo in Santa Fe
  • Elmcroft of Quintessence in Albuquerque
  • Elite Senior Care Kathryn House in Albuquerque
  • Fairwinds Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
  • Golden Hands Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad
  • Good Life Senior Living in Lovington
  • Good Samaritan Society – Manzano del Sol Village in Albuquerque
  • Good Samaritan Society Grants
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Haven Care Dogwood House in Rio Rancho
  • Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
  • Ladera Center in Albuquerque
  • Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • The Legacy at Santa Fe
  • Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
  • Life Care Center in Farmington
  • Life Spire Assisted Living North Albuquerque Acres in Albuquerque
  • Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
  • The Meadows Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas
  • Mescalero Care Center in Mescalero
  • Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • The Montecito in Santa Fe
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Albuquerque
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe
  • Muros de Salvación in Albuquerque
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) in Albuquerque
  • Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Ravenna Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque
  • Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Rio Rancho Center
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • Sandia View Spain Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Senior Living Systems in Los Lunas
  • Sierra Health Care Center in Truth or Consequences
  • Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Sunny Day Assisted Living in Gallup
  • Tender Heart Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Vecinos Santos Assisted Living in Santa Rosa
  • The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
  • Village Retirement Community in Roswell
  • Vista Sandia Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Welbrook Transitional Rehabilitation in Farmington
  • Wellesley Care Home in Albuquerque
  • Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis
  • White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs

Statewide cases

According to a state news release, previously reported numbers included 10 cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Bernalillo County, four in Doña Ana County, one in Eddy County, one in McKinley County and one among NMCD inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County) that have now been corrected. County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

  • Bernalillo County: 45,614
  • Catron County: 68
  • Chaves County: 7,677
  • Cibola County: 2,455
  • Colfax County: 613
  • Curry County: 4,441
  • De Baca County: 116
  • Doña Ana County: 19,386
  • Eddy County: 5,365
  • Grant County: 1,145
  • Guadalupe County: 312
  • Harding County: 8
  • Hidalgo County: 279
  • Lea County: 7,399
  • Lincoln County: 1,190
  • Los Alamos County: 361
  • Luna County: 2,588
  • McKinley County: 10,762
  • Mora County: 140
  • Otero County: 2,524
  • Quay County: 372
  • Rio Arriba County: 2,834
  • Roosevelt County: 1,671
  • Sandoval County: 9,343
  • San Juan County: 11,920
  • San Miguel County: 996
  • Santa Fe County: 8,326
  • Sierra County: 637
  • Socorro County: 1,028
  • Taos County: 1,301
  • Torrance County: 543
  • Union County: 204
  • Valencia County: 5,402

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 424
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 433
  • Otero County Processing Center: 196
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

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

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 282
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 250
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 308
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 166
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 107
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 175
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 228
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 216
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 68

*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.