NM COVID-19 Case Update-6,317 Statewide- Governor Press Breakdown “We Are On Track”(Audio)

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials hosted a remote news conference today, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico.

The full audio from today’s press conference can be heard below-

 

The Highlights

With a late by 15 minutes, and donning her latest New-Mexican-Made mask, the Governor offered the latest in the State's stance on the COVID-19 pandemic and New Mexico's current public health orders.

The state is working to get masks out to the public free through the NM Department of Health.

Living with Covid-19- how to we move forward, that is the opening dialogue.

The Governor gave the latest in case numbers throughout the state, with further information provided below.

 

Testing numbers and modeling of cases and spread rates were covered by Kath Kunkel, New Mexico Health Secretary.

Corrections facilities, with 11 in the state, have officially tested 100% of staff and 25% of detainees.

New state partners in lab testing were welcomed- Pathology Consultants of Roswell, Christa St. Vincent in Santa Fe, and NMSU will be joining in testing services in the state.

Many testing and COVID focused workers are volunteers, such as the Medical Reserve Corps, who have made statewide testing possible and extending preparedness for response in emergency cases, training, and activating medial and nonmedical volunteers.

Modeling update, info used to determine if the state is meeting goals of reducing spread, containing the virus, and supporting local citizens and businesses.

Dr. Scrace, Human Services Secretary, offered more modeling presentations- the highest infection rate is in McKinley County in New Mexico. Of all cases, a little over 12% are in children under the age of 20. No deaths in people under 30 in the state. The blue line below is our Southwest region being watched by officials.

Criteria that must be in place for the state to move forward-

We won't see the effects in case numbers of the reopening phases until about 14 days after 5/16/20- but here's how ready we are on a national level

 

So how is the rate of spread in the state so far?

If you ever have data questions about the science being considered by New Mexico State officials, Dr. Scrase encourages citizens to reach out to him via www.newmexico.gov

Testing is still being expanded around the state- free to all. Learn more with the Department of Health. 

The 7 hub hospitals ICU's - 283 beds are filled as of today. Main patients hospitalized around the state are people with non-COVID related health conditions. Officials are urging people to resume their regular health care and no ignore health issues.

PPE- adequate supply for hub hospitals has been consistently reported.

Spread rate better than the target, testing is better than national standards, contact tracing is being automated, and social distancing measures are really what is really controlling the virus in New Mexico.

"Help us to adjust to more human interactions and I think we can move into keeping the disease under control" Dr. Scrace closed with.

The Governor emphasizes that this press conference is a dialogue between New Mexicans about where we are and where we are going. "What can you do that allows you to create circumstances that give you confidence so you can open?"

It is a discussion nationally among all states and the federal government.

3 major issues to Address

  1. Social isolation and behavioral health- hopelessness moving forward- how to mitigate this
  2. If we stage these opening, that we keep people safe and don't overwhelm healthcare systems and more. Opening up- without having to shut-down again if there is another outbreak of the virus.
  3. Travel- it is a major concern- the risk with El Paso travel is below-

The surrounding states around us will have a lot to do with how we move forward in New Mexico.

The Governor emphasized supporting local businesses while practicing social distance still. "This is going to be a long summer" she stated.

For mental and behavioral health concerns-

Good news? According to the Governor, we are on track for more re-openings on June 1st.

 

Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 134 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 30 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 4 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 25 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 22 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 25 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 1 new case in Valencia County
  • 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
  • 19 new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center

The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

  • A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
  • A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
  • A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
  • A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the San Juan Center facility in Farmington.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 283.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents (2 in Roosevelt County and 1 in McKinley County) and six cases that were identified as duplicates (1 in Bernalillo County, 2 in McKinley County, 1 among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility, 1 in San Juan County, and 1 in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,317 positive tests for COVID-19:

  • Bernalillo County: 1,254
  • Catron County: 2
  • Chaves County: 32
  • Cibola County: 111
  • Colfax County: 5
  • Curry County: 44
  • Doña Ana County: 322
  • Eddy County: 17
  • Grant County: 16
  • Guadalupe County: 19
  • Harding County: 1
  • Hidalgo County: 1
  • Lea County: 18
  • Lincoln County: 3
  • Los Alamos County: 6
  • Luna County: 8
  • McKinley County: 2,009
  • Otero County: 8
  • Quay County: 5
  • Rio Arriba County: 33
  • Roosevelt County: 26
  • Sandoval County: 520
  • San Juan County: 1,432
  • San Miguel County: 10
  • Santa Fe County: 127
  • Sierra County: 1
  • Socorro County: 49
  • Taos County: 22
  • Torrance County: 19
  • Union County: 3
  • Valencia County: 69

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: 2
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 38
  • Otero County Processing Center: 62
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 1

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: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 21

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

As of today, there are 206 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 1,985 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 at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:

  • Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
  • Aztec Health Care in Aztec
  • Beehive Homes in Farmington
  • Bonney Family Home in Gallup
  • Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
  • Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
  • Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
  • Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
  • Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
  • Ladera Center in Albuquerque
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
  • Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
  • Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
  • McKinley Care Center in Gallup
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
  • Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
  • Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • San Juan Center in Farmington
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • Sundance Care Home in Gallup
  • Taos Living Center in Taos
  • Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
  • Tungland Corporation in Farmington
  • Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
  • Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington

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.

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, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
  • Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
  • Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
  • Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

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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