The environment department today announced a second settlement with O’Reilly Auto Parts over alleged violations of workplace safety laws at a Lovington store related to COVID-19, after NMED issued two citations in January of this year for allegedly failing to protect employees from COVID-19 exposure.

According to a news release, three employees at the location tested positive in July 2020 for the virus, one of whom died from the virus. None have tested positive since July 22, 2020, following preventative measures by the store at that location.

As part of the settlement, O’Reilly will host 11 vaccination events for both employees and the public in cooperation with the environment and health departments, and will be first retailer of its kind in the state to host a series of public vaccination events at their stores.

“There is nothing more important than getting New Mexicans vaccinated and our settlement with O’Reilly Auto Parts prioritizes that outcome,” NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney said in a statement. Businesses can request vaccination events here.

As a term of settlement, O’Reilly also must pay $34,750 to the state, which goes to the state’s general fund. This is the second settlement the state has reached with O’Reilly over alleged COVID-19 workplace safety violations during the pandemic.

New Mexico health officials today reported 130 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total so far to 204,044. The health department has designated 191,682 of those cases as recovered.

Bernalillo County had 35 new cases, followed by San Juan County with 32 and Santa Fe County with 10, five from the Southside 87507 ZIP code, which ranked sixth in the state today for most new cases.

Tomorrow, the City of Santa Fe, health department, Christus St. Vincent and the Chainbreaker Collective will host a community bicycle and vaccine event from 10 am to 3 pm at the Southside Library on Jaguar Drive. Residents 12 and older will be able to walk-up and receive their vaccine. Between 10 am and noon, a limited number of bikes will be given away as well.

The state also announced two additional deaths from San Juan and Torrance counties; there have now been 4,297 fatalities.

As of today, 93 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.*

Currently, 66.8% of New Mexicans have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 57.6% are fully vaccinated. In Santa Fe County, 75.2% have had at least one dose and 65.2% are fully inoculated.

New cases

  • 35 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 9 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 1 new case in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 2 new cases in Luna County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 6 new cases in Quay County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 6 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 32 new cases in San Juan County
  • 10 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 4 new cases in Taos County
  • 2 new cases in Torrance County
  • 2 new cases in Valencia County
  • 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

New fatalities

  • A male in his 40s from San Juan County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 80s from Torrance 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:

  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
  • BeeHive Homes Clovis
  • BeeHive Homes Farmington
  • BeeHive Homes Portales
  • Genesis Rio Rancho Center
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Homes with a Heart Assisted Living - Raven House in Albuquerque
  • Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Sierra Health Care Center in Truth or Consequences
  • Sierra Hills Assisted Living in Truth or Consequences
  • Sombrillo Nursing Home in Los Alamos
  • Sugar Hollow Assisted Living Community in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque

Statewide cases

According to a health department news release, previously reported numbers included five cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, two in Santa Fe County and one in Taos 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: 58,733
  • Catron County: 95
  • Chaves County: 9,045
  • Cibola County: 2,895
  • Colfax County: 795
  • Curry County: 5,265
  • De Baca County: 174
  • Doña Ana County: 24,974
  • Eddy County: 6,909
  • Grant County: 1,739
  • Guadalupe County: 450
  • Harding County: 12
  • Hidalgo County: 365
  • Lea County: 8,374
  • Lincoln County: 1,760
  • Los Alamos County: 534
  • Luna County: 3,363
  • McKinley County: 12,354
  • Mora County: 173
  • Otero County: 4,043
  • Quay County: 526
  • Rio Arriba County: 3,723
  • Roosevelt County: 2,017
  • Sandoval County: 12,175
  • San Juan County: 15,592
  • San Miguel County: 1,384
  • Santa Fe County: 10,519
  • Sierra County: 781
  • Socorro County: 1,323
  • Taos County: 1,695
  • Torrance County: 868
  • Union County: 258
  • Valencia County: 6,847

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 447
  • Otero County Processing Center: 249
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 157

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

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 253
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 219
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 231
  • 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.