New Mexico’s health and education departments announced today that students 16 years and older will be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines through the vaccineNM.org during the week of May 3-8, aka Student COVID-19 Vaccination Week.

“With public schools back in session and summer just around the corner, we want students to know that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 protects them and their families—and will help us all get back to doing the things we miss,” DOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said in a statement.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one available to 16 and 17-year-olds and anyone under the age of 18 needs parental consent for the vaccine.

“Vaccinating against this virus protects students’ health and the health of the school community,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said in a statement. “Additionally, once students are fully vaccinated, they won’t have to quarantine if they’re identified as close contacts of someone with COVID-19. That could help reduce school closures in the future.”

Moreover, as of Monday, April 26, all New Mexicans 16 years and older will be able to self-schedule their own vaccination appointments without event codes.

New Mexico health officials today reported 228 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total so far to 195,990. The health department has designated 177,428 of those cases recovered.

Bernalillo County had 83 cases, followed by San Juan County with 33 and Doña Ana County with 19. Santa Fe County had 10 new cases.

The state also announced three additional deaths from Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties; there have now been 4,023 fatalities.

As of today, 120 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.*

Currently, 57.5% of New Mexicans have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 40.4% are fully vaccinated, according to the health department’s vaccine dashboard. In Santa Fe County, 62.1% have had at least one dose and 39.5% are fully inoculated.

New cases

  • 83 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 12 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 9 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 19 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 8 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 5 new cases in McKinley County
  • 7 new cases in Otero County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 12 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 33 new cases in San Juan County
  • 10 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 3 new cases in Torrance County
  • 4 new cases in Valencia County
  • 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County

New fatalities

  • A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County who underlying conditions
  • A male in his 30s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 90s from Doña Ana County who 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:

  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Brookdale Santa Fe
  • Brookdale Valencia in Albuquerque
  • Good Samaritan Society – Betty Dare in Alamogordo
  • Genesis Healthcare Uptown in Albuquerque
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs

Statewide cases

According to a health department news release, previously reported numbers included 19 cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, three in Cibola County, three in Doña Ana County, three in Lea County, three in McKinley County, one in Rio Arriba County, one in San Juan County, one in Sandoval County and two in Valencia County) and two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in Bernalillo County and one in Valencia 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: 56,282
  • Catron County: 90
  • Chaves County: 8,853
  • Cibola County: 2,856
  • Colfax County: 745
  • Curry County: 5,082
  • De Baca County: 138
  • Doña Ana County: 24,412
  • Eddy County: 6,755
  • Grant County: 1,681
  • Guadalupe County: 376
  • Harding County: 10
  • Hidalgo County: 359
  • Lea County: 8,265
  • Lincoln County: 1,632
  • Los Alamos County: 512
  • Luna County: 3,276
  • McKinley County: 12,203
  • Mora County: 169
  • Otero County: 3,748
  • Quay County: 439
  • Rio Arriba County: 3,555
  • Roosevelt County: 1,877
  • Sandoval County: 11,753
  • San Juan County: 14,223
  • San Miguel County: 1,339
  • Santa Fe County: 10,041
  • Sierra County: 728
  • Socorro County: 1,301
  • Taos County: 1,650
  • Torrance County: 700
  • Union County: 247
  • Valencia County: 6,581

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 446
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • 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: 294
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 127
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • 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.