COVID-19 Update for Eddy County

There weren’t too many game changes in the Governor’s updated public health order, which will be in effect from now through mid October. Statewide, we were informed that COVID-19 positives are in decline, but not enough.

Swimming pools can now open for ten people at a time. Pools had previously only been open for lap swimming. “Pick Your Own Pumpkin” patches will now be allowable, though the state said it is currently looking into other Halloween activities.

Youth sports conditioning and skills development are now permitted for groups of up to ten individuals, while competitive contact play remains off limits. Camping for New Mexico residents is also now allowed again at state parks, as of Oct. 1.

There was a little bright spot in the presentation by the New Mexico Environment Department, who reported that there have been no restaurant permit suspensions in a month and all suspended permits have been reinstated. Restaurants were lauded for doing a great job implementing safe practices, as they should be.

Eddy County also did not meet the gating criteria in terms of being authorized to return to the hybrid model. Lea and Chaves Counties have also not met the criteria. According to the Department of Health, we averaged 16.30 cases per 100,000, while we are supposed to be at 8 or fewer. We also averaged a positivity rate (in terms of COVID-19 testing) of 8.30%, which is supposed to be at 5%. This data was compiled between Sept. 2 and Sept. 15. We had some bad luck in the timing, as our highest total ever appeared to have been on Sept. 3. Either way, we should hope for and work toward better numbers for the next period.

9/20/20 Update from NMDOH:

Two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 67 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 11 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 14 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 8 new cases in Eddy County
  • 7 new cases in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Quay County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 2 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 1 new case in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 2 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County

The Department of Health on Sunday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

  • A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 60s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 849.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 27,579 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 6,206
Catron County: 9
Chaves County: 1,028
Cibola County: 406
Colfax County: 27
Curry County: 740
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 3,129
Eddy County: 694
Grant County: 108
Guadalupe County: 34
Harding County: 2
Hidalgo County: 99
Lea County: 1,327
Lincoln County: 189
Los Alamos County: 31
Luna County: 401
McKinley County: 4,292
Mora County: 7
Otero County: 247
Quay County: 73
Rio Arriba County: 384
Roosevelt County: 267
Sandoval County: 1,313
San Juan County: 3,262
San Miguel County: 94
Santa Fe County: 942
Sierra County: 42
Socorro County: 89
Taos County: 129
Torrance County: 65
Union County: 31
Valencia County: 550

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

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 324
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 281
  • Otero County Processing Center: 163
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 44

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 33
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 37
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

As of today, there are 64 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 15,412 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

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 long-term care facilities:

  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Aristocrat Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Avamere at Rio Rancho
  • Avamere at Roswell
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Brookdale Santa Fe
  • Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
  • Good Life Senior Living in Lovington
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Good Samaritan Society Socorro
  • Heartfelt Manor in Roswell
  • Heritage Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
  • Mescalero Care Center in Mescalero
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Raton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Raton
  • The Rehab Center of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • Sunny Day Assisted Living in Gallup
  • Sunset Villa Nursing Home in Roswell
  • Village Retirement Community in Roswell
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces
  • Wheatfields Senior Living in Clovis

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:

  • Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;
  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes;
  • Patients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

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Source: NMDOH/ Office of Mayor Dale Janway

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