Starting April 5, New Mexico will begin Phase 2 for COVID-19 vaccines, making all New Mexicans 16 years and older eligible. According to a health department news release, the state will continue to prioritize vaccine invitations for remaining candidates in early phases of its vaccination plan: frontline health care workers in Phase 1A, New Mexicans 75 years and older from Phase 1B and New Mexicans 60 years and older with a chronic condition.

However, as providers in some parts of the state are no longer able to fill appointments within the open Phases 1A, 1B and 1C, all phases will be allowed. "President Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for vaccine by May 1. New Mexico will meet that mark nearly a month early," DOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said in a statement. The news release notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has "indicated that states should expect meaningful increases in vaccine supply over the coming weeks—including significant increases in the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine."

DOH Communications Director Matt Bieber tells SFR the state expects about 130,000 total doses next week, approximately 30,000 of which will be J & J. That represents an increase of just under 14,000 from what was reported as this week's allocation: 116,280. Bieber said, via email, it was unclear at press time what impact delays to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, due to a factory mishap, would have on the state's allocation in the immediate future.

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New Mexico health officials today reported 277 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total so far to 191,652. The health department has designated 173,701 of those cases as recovered.

Today's numbers represent an approximate 87% increase from yesterday, although the health department notes on its daily reports that "daily case counts and test numbers are raw data based on information the state receives today— meaning data that has not yet been scrutinized to identify potential duplicates or late-arriving positives or negatives." As such, under the current public health law, the state assesses counties' COVID-19 status every two weeks using more data that has been analyzed.

That being said, Bernalillo County led with 125 new cases today—more than twice as many as yesterday. Sandoval County had 41, followed by Doña Ana County with 23. Santa Fe County had 16 new cases (13 more than reported yesterday).

The state also announced five additional deaths; there have now been 3,937 fatalities.

As of today, 99 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.*

New cases

  • 125 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 23 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 9 new cases in Lea County
  • 4 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 2 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 3 new cases in Luna County
  • 6 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 41 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 12 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 16 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 2 new cases in Torrance County
  • 1 new case in Union County
  • 6 new cases in Valencia County

New fatalities

  • A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 40s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 50s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from San Miguel County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions

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:

  • Advanced Health Care in Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Avamere at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes Farmington
  • Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Sandia in Albuquerque
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad
  • Good Samaritan Society – Betty Dare in Alamogordo
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • La Vida Llena Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • The Montecito in Santa Fe
  • Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Santa Fe Care Center in Santa Fe
  • Suites at Rio Vista in Rio Rancho
  • Vecino Sanos Assisted Living in Santa Rosa

Statewide cases

According to a health department news release, previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County and one in Eddy County)—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: 54,726
  • Catron County: 84
  • Chaves County: 8,741
  • Cibola County: 2,814
  • Colfax County: 722
  • Curry County: 5,037
  • De Baca County: 134
  • Doña Ana County: 23,848
  • Eddy County: 6,666
  • Grant County: 1,618
  • Guadalupe County: 377
  • Harding County: 9
  • Hidalgo County: 353
  • Lea County: 8,199
  • Lincoln County: 1,590
  • Los Alamos County: 501
  • Luna County: 3,232
  • McKinley County: 12,141
  • Mora County: 168
  • Otero County: 3,618
  • Quay County: 428
  • Rio Arriba County: 3,471
  • Roosevelt County: 1,866
  • Sandoval County: 11,386
  • San Juan County: 13,745
  • San Miguel County: 1,315
  • Santa Fe County: 9,861
  • Sierra County: 710
  • Socorro County: 1,244
  • Taos County: 1,613
  • Torrance County: 681
  • Union County: 245
  • Valencia County: 6,404

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 447
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 443
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • 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: 292
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 759
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 126
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 217
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 230
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 230
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

*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.