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Hospital Leaders Urge Vaccines as Cases, Deaths Rise

DOH reports 994 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths

New COVID-19 cases rose to 994 today, on track with some of the higher projections in the most recent modeling from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hospitalizations trail cases by a few weeks, and hospital leaders this morning say they are already at full capacity and preparing their facilities for expected surges.

LANL Modeling 8/31/2021 projection for early September. NMDOH 9/1/2021

Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center has been at more than 100% capacity for several months, primarily with non-COVID-19 patients who put off care during the pandemic. Of the 13 COVID-19 patients the hospital had as of today, nine are unvaccinated and, while not intubated, all nine are “very ill.” Eleven of the 13 are from outside of Santa Fe County, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Gonzales.

Gonzales provided an update on Santa Fe’s Christus this morning during a press briefing with hospital leaders from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, University of New Mexico and Lovelace. While summer months are typically more quiet for the state’s hospitals, all are currently at capacity.

“For us this has been a surge in hospitalization of non-COVID patients, patients seeking much needed care that they may have delayed or been afraid to come to the hospital for, so that is still putting a big strain on our hospital system,” Gonzales said.

At Christus, Gonzales said, many of those other illnesses involve obesity, diabetes and “certain immunocompromised conditions.” UNM has been busy with trauma patients as well, UNM Hospital Chief Quality and Safety Officer Dr. Rohini McKee said. And at Presbyterian, health care workers have seen patients who delayed care for cardiac and neurologic conditions, as well as cancers, according to Medical Director Dr. Denise Gonzales.

The common thread for all facilities are health care workers who haven’t had a break.

“We remain extremely grateful to our frontline nurses, pharmacists, respiratory technicians and providers, who are working tirelessly and really unable to get a break long enough to recover for what seems like an unending ordeal for them,” McKee said.

All the hospital leaders urged any New Mexicans who remain unvaccinated to seek one out now in the face of what is expected to be an increase in hospitalizations later in September following the recent surge of cases.

“We are all working very hard to take care of our community and we need help from the portion of our community that has not received the vaccine yet,” Lovelace Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vesta Sandoval said. “Please go and seek out the vaccine. This is how you can help us. This is how you can help your community, protect yourself and protect your family.”

Available COVID-19 ICU Beds, vs. Available Med/Surgical Beds 8/31/2021. NMDOH 9/2/2021

All the facilities also are providing monoclonal antibody treatments and urged New Mexicans who do test positive for COVID-19 and are eligible due to high risk factors for hospitalization or severe illness to seek out the treatment, which has been effective at helping patients avoid hospitalization.

Monoclonal antibody (mAbs) treatments. NMDOH 9/1/2021

All said at least 95% of their workforces are vaccinated, as required by the current public health law. At Christus, Gonzales said approximately 90 people, including contractors, who received exemptions from the vaccine and will be tested weekly. At UNM, Lovelace and Presbyterian, the doctors all said very few had chosen to leave their jobs rather than comply.

Bernalillo County had 220 new cases today, followed by Chaves County with 116 and Lea County with 96. Santa Fe County had 34 new cases. There have now been a total of 234,475 COVID-19 cases; DOH has designated 203,156 of them as recovered.

The state also announced 15 additional deaths—14 of them recent—ranging in age from their 30s to their 90s, one of the highest fatality counts in nearly six months.

As of today, 392 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.*

Currently, 77.6% of New Mexicans 18 years and older have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 67.7% are fully vaccinated. In the 12-17-year-old age group, 59.8% people have had at least one dose and 47.4% are fully inoculated. In Santa Fe County, among those 18 years and older, 88.9% have had at least one dose and 78.6% are fully vaccinated.

New cases

  • 220 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 7 new cases in Catron County
  • 116 new cases in Chaves County
  • 20 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Colfax County
  • 26 new cases in Curry County
  • 87 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 60 new cases in Eddy County
  • 6 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 96 new cases in Lea County
  • 14 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 3 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 21 new cases in Luna County
  • 26 new cases in McKinley County
  • 24 new cases in Otero County
  • 6 new cases in Quay County
  • 16 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 8 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 47 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 58 new cases in San Juan County
  • 25 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 34 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Sierra County
  • 8 new cases in Socorro County
  • 11 new cases in Taos County
  • 3 new cases in Torrance County
  • 4 new cases in Union County
  • 36 new cases in Valencia County
  • 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Federal Prison Facility

New fatalities

  • A male in his 30s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 50s from Curry County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 60s from Curry County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 40s from Lea County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 90s from Los Alamos County
  • A male in his 40s from San Juan County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 60s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions
  • A second female in her 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from Socorro County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 30s from Valencia County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 60s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions

Newly reported fatalities more than 30 days old

  • A female in her 50s from Sandoval 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
  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • BeeHive Homes Bosque Farms
  • BeeHive Homes San Pedro in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes Clovis
  • BeeHive Homes Portales
  • BeeHive Homes Roswell
  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • Calibre Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Casa de Oro in Las Cruces
  • Casa del Norte in Albuquerque
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Colfax Long-Term Care Center in Springer
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • Fairwinds Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
  • Genesis McKinley Care Center in Gallup
  • Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Los Lunas
  • Good Life Senior Living in Hobbs
  • Good Life Senior Living in Ruidoso
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Haven Care Aspen House in Albuquerque
  • Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Landmark at Desert Gardens in Hobbs
  • La Posada Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • La Vida Llena Community in Albuquerque
  • Life Care Center in Farmington
  • Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
  • The Meadows Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas
  • Miners Colfax Medical Center in Raton
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • MorningStar Memory Care at North Ridge in Albuquerque
  • The Neighborhood Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • The Neighborhood Health Care in Rio Rancho
  • Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) in Albuquerque
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Roberta’s Family Care Home Assisted Living in Anton Chico
  • Sandia Senior Suites in Albuquerque
  • Santa Fe Care Center in Santa Fe
  • Silver Wings Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • The Suites at Rio Vista in Rio Rancho
  • Vida Encantada Nursing & Rehabilitation in Las Vegas
  • White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs
  • The Woodmark at Uptown in Albuquerque

Statewide cases

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

  • Bernalillo County: 66,582
  • Catron County: 131
  • Chaves County: 10,809
  • Cibola County: 3,101
  • Colfax County: 961
  • Curry County: 6,397
  • De Baca County: 211
  • Doña Ana County: 27,118
  • Eddy County: 9,276
  • Grant County: 1,905
  • Guadalupe County: 543
  • Harding County: 14
  • Hidalgo County: 514
  • Lea County: 11,515
  • Lincoln County: 2,276
  • Los Alamos County: 620
  • Luna County: 3,640
  • McKinley County: 13,240
  • Mora County: 217
  • Otero County: 4,908
  • Quay County: 756
  • Rio Arriba County: 4,222
  • Roosevelt County: 2,406
  • Sandoval County: 13,775
  • San Juan County: 17,233
  • San Miguel County: 1,965
  • Santa Fe County: 11,725
  • Sierra County: 865
  • Socorro County: 1,483
  • Taos County: 2,032
  • Torrance County: 1,076
  • Union County: 280
  • Valencia County: 7,902

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 455
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 481
  • Otero County Processing Center: 486
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 347

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

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 311
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 256
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 168
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 130
  • 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: 233
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 76

*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.

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