Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham left New Mexico today for the first time since the pandemic began and headed to Washington, DC for a COVID-19 meeting with governors and mayors at the White House.

President Joe Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, announced the meeting yesterday during a press briefing, saying Biden will be meeting with the group to discuss the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion relief package that includes a $20 billion national vaccination program; $50 billion for expanded COVID-19 testing; $1,400 stimulus checks; and expanded surveillance programs to track COVID-19 variants, among other items.

Gov. Lujan Grisham's live Facebook address on March 27.
Gov. Lujan Grisham's live Facebook address on March 27.

According to a news release, the governor "plans to advocate for the proposed $350 billion in essential state and local aid and for continued increases in vaccine supply" to New Mexico. She returns late tomorrow.

Meanwhile, back at home, the state environment department today announced new online tools for New Mexico employers to report COVID-19 cases directly to the state within four hours as required and to complete the rapid response paperwork for those cases assigned to the environment department. The online forms will allow employers to bypass direct assistance from the department, except when needed. Employers can continue to report positive cases through this link. If the case is assigned to NMED (versus the education department or other agencies that oversee rapid responses), the employer will receive an email with a unique link to the new webform.

New Mexico health officials today reported 541 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total so far to 179,323; the health department has designated 116,518 of those as recovered.

Bernalillo County had 111 new cases, followed by Chaves County with 101 and Doña Ana County with 73. Santa Fe County had nine new case.

The state also reported 27 new cases among state inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility and five new ones among state inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County. There have now been 427 cases at Lea County facility, 122 at the Cibola prison and 2,610 overall among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department.

The state also announced 18 additional deaths; there have now been 3,479 fatalities statewide.

As of today, 371 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.*

New cases

  • 111 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 101 new cases in Chaves County
  • 6 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 18 new cases in Curry County
  • 73 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 16 new cases in Eddy County
  • 7 new cases in Grant County
  • 8 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 4 new cases in Luna County
  • 18 new cases in McKinley County
  • 24 new cases in Otero County
  • 3 new cases in Quay County
  • 8 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 35 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 23 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 9 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Sierra County
  • 7 new cases in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 25 new cases in Valencia County
  • 27 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
  • 5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County

New fatalities

  • A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was a resident of the Vista Sandia Assisted Living facility in Albuquerque
  • A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County
  • A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from Chaves County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • A female in her 80s from Colfax County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Colfax Long-Term Care Center in Springer
  • A male in his 60s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 50s from Eddy County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 60s from Eddy County
  • A male in his 50s from Grant County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 40s from Luna County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 60s from Luna County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 70s from Luna County who was hospitalized and was a resident of the Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
  • A female in her 40s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 60s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from San Juan County
  • A male in his 80s from Union County who was hospitalized

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
  • Advanced Health Care in Albuquerque
  • The Aldea House – Heaven Sent LLC in Albuquerque
  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Las Cruces
  • Artesia Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Artesia
  • Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
  • Avamere at Rio Rancho
  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • BeeHive Homes Gallup
  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington
  • Brookdale Santa Fe
  • Care Free Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Carefirst Assisted Living Willow Wood House in Albuquerque
  • Casa Bella Residential Care in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Colfax Long-Term Care Center in Springer
  • El Castillo in Santa Fe
  • Elmcroft of Quintessence in Albuquerque
  • Fairwinds Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
  • Genesis San Juan Center in Farmington
  • Genesis Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • Golden Hands Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Los Lunas
  • Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad
  • Good Samaritan Society – Betty Dare in Alamogordo
  • Good Samaritan Society Socorro
  • Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
  • Ladera Center in Albuquerque
  • Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Landmark at Desert Gardens in Hobbs
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • La Vida Llena Healthcare in Albuquerque
  • The Legacy at Santa Fe
  • Life Spire Assisted Living North Albuquerque Acres in Albuquerque
  • Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
  • McKinley Center in Gallup
  • Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • North Ridge Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) in Albuquerque
  • Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe
  • Palmilla Senior Living in Albuquerque
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Ravenna Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Rio Rancho Center
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • Sandia Senior Suites Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Santa Clara Assisted Living in Santa Clara
  • Senior Living Systems in Los Lunas
  • Sierra Health Care Center in Truth or Consequences
  • Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Sugar Hollow Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
  • The Suites at Rio Vista in Rio Rancho
  • Tercer Cielo 2 in Albuquerque
  • Village Retirement Community in Roswell
  • Vida Encantada Nursing & Rehabilitation in Las Vegas
  • Vista Sandia Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Westwind House Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis
  • White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs

Statewide cases

According to a health department news release, previously reported numbers included seven cases that have been identified as duplicates (four in Bernalillo County, two in Doña Ana County and one in Luna County) and one case in Los Alamos County that was not lab confirmed—these 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: 50,744
  • Catron County: 73
  • Chaves County: 8,468
  • Cibola County: 2,664
  • Colfax County: 683
  • Curry County: 4,823
  • De Baca County: 130
  • Doña Ana County: 21,831
  • Eddy County: 6,181
  • Grant County: 1,398
  • Guadalupe County: 339
  • Harding County: 8
  • Hidalgo County: 330
  • Lea County: 7,938
  • Lincoln County: 1,476
  • Los Alamos County: 459
  • Luna County: 3,017
  • McKinley County: 11,794
  • Mora County: 150
  • Otero County: 3,060
  • Quay County: 412
  • Rio Arriba County: 3,319
  • Roosevelt County: 1,812
  • Sandoval County: 10,513
  • San Juan County: 13,264
  • San Miguel County: 1,173
  • Santa Fe County: 9,394
  • Sierra County: 676
  • Socorro County: 1,187
  • Taos County: 1,476
  • Torrance County: 614
  • Union County: 212
  • Valencia County: 5,984

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 426
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 441
  • Otero County Processing Center: 197
  • 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: 286
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 427
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 166
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 122
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 215
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 217
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 74

*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.