San Juan County, Navajo Nation COVID-19 case updates for January 2022

The Daily Times staff

Welcome to the January edition of the Farmington Daily Times' daily COVID-19 news and stats blog. Daily updates are below, short news items are on top.

State public health order extended

The New Mexico Department of Health "renewed public health orders related to COVID-19, including a requirement to wear masks in public spaces and vaccination requirements for some workers," the department announced Friday, Jan. 7.

"The public health orders come as case numbers reach highs not seen since 2020 and as hospitals around the state continue to operate under crisis standards of care," the news release said. "The orders also underscore important updated guidelines which have reduced the timeline for isolation and quarantine from ten days to five, with the inclusion of a well-fitting mask for an additional five days."

The extension is until early February.

You can view the Jan. 7 health order here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recently-reduced COVID guidelines for isolation can be viewed here.

Free county vaccination clinics

The San Juan County Public Health Office will hold clinics to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and flu shots in January.

To register for these or other events, go to vaccinenm.org. There will be on-site registration and walk-ins depending on the available doses.

Parents can use the website to schedule appointments for their dependents by logging into the parent profile. They also need to approve the electronic consent before arriving to the clinic site.

The following free vaccination clinics will take place at the San Juan County Public Health Office, 355 S. Miller Ave. in Farmington:

  • Mondays: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. *Walk-ins must arrive by 4 p.m. - COVID-19: 12+ only - Flu: All Ages
  • Tuesdays: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. *Walk-ins must arrive by 4 p.m. - All Ages
  • Wednesdays: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. *Walk-ins must arrive by 4 p.m. - COVID-19: 12+ only - Flu: All Ages
  • Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. *Walk-ins must arrive by 5 p.m. - COVID-19: 12+ only - Flu: All Ages

Scheduling your appointment at VACCINENM.ORG is recommended. Walk-ins will be  accepted based on remaining available doses.

For help with registration, call 1-855-600-3453. Additional appointment times may become available.

San Juan County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 59% of people fully vaccinated

More: Inside these walls: An ICU doctor describes the enormity of challenges faced amid pandemic

NNMC offers COVID-19 and flu vaccination events

Flu shots and the COVID-19 vaccine are available on the Navajo Nation through Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock.

A new release by the hospital explained that flu shots are available for Indian Health Service beneficiaries ages 3 and older while first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available for IHS beneficiaries ages 5 and older.

COVID-19 booster shots are available to individuals ages 16 and older who completed the primary, two-dose Pfizer or Moderna series six months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago.

"At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 16 and 17," the news release states.

Here's the vaccination clinic schedule:

  • Thursday, Jan. 20, San Juan Chapter, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 23, Shiprock High School, noon – 3 p.m.

The complete schedule for January is posted on the Shiprock Indian Health Service Facebook page.

COVID-19 Resources

  • State coronavirus hotline: 1-855-600-3453 
  • Non-health related COVID-19 questions: 1-833-551-0518
  • Navajo Department of Health COVID-19 website: ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/covid-19
  • Navajo Health Command Operations Center: 1-928-871-7014
  • State coronavirus website: cv.nmhealth.org

Note: The New Mexico Department of Health no longer reports COVID-19 statistics on weekends, so counts released on Mondays will contain figures for a three-day reporting period.

Updates on Wednesday, Jan. 19

6:23 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health is reporting today 142 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation as well as identifying 86 communities with high community transmission.

The total number of cases is now 46,114. This includes delayed reporting for 218 cases.

Two more people died of complications from COVID-19, which raises the death toll to 1,602.

There are 42,074 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 451,472 tests have been conducted.

The Department of Health issued a health advisory notice for the 86 communities. The placement was based on confirmed cases from Dec. 31 to Jan. 13.

• Communities in the Northern Agency in San Juan County:

Gadii'ahi, Hogback, Naschitti, Nenahnezad, Newcomb, Sanostee, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Two Grey Hills and Upper Fruitland.

• Communities in New Mexico:

Baca-Prewitt, Becenti, Breadsprings, Casamero Lake, Chichiltah, Church Rock, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Crystal, Iyanbito, Lake Valley, Littlewater, Manuelito, Mexican Springs, Nageezi, Nahodishgish, Pinedale, Pueblo Pintado, Ramah, Red Rock, Rock Springs, Smith Lake, Standing Rock, Thoreau, Tohatchi, Torreon, Tsayatoh, Twin Lakes and White Rock.

• Communities in Arizona or in Utah:

Aneth, Birdsprings, Black Mesa, Cameron, Chilchinbeto, Chinle, Cornfields, Dennehotso, Dilkon, Forest Lake, Ganado, Hardrock, Houck, Indian Wells, Inscription House, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Klagetoh, Leupp, Low Mountain, Lukachukai, Lupton, Many Farms, Mexican Water, Nahata Dziil, Navajo Mountain, Nazlini, Oak Springs, Oljato, Piñon, Red Mesa, Red Valley, Rock Point, Rough Rock, Round Rock, Shonto, St. Michaels, Steamboat, Sweetwater, Tachee-Blue Gap, Teec Nos Pos, Teesto, Tonalea, Tsaile-Wheatfields, Tselani-Cottonwood, Tuba City and Whippoorwill.

There were 61 communities under advisory last week, the increase was mentioned by tribal President Jonathan Nez in the update.

"This increase demonstrates the high level of contagiousness of the Omicron variant from person to person," Nez said. "On the upside, the high vaccination rate among our Navajo people is making the difference when it comes to maintaining our health system and not overwhelming our hospital bed capacity on the Navajo Nation."

The Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 8,602
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,383
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,011
  • Gallup Service Unit: 7,714
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,094
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 8,282
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,441
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,565

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

5:09 p.m.: State health officials reported 5,735 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 28 more deaths as the state’s 7-day test positivity rate remained just above 28%. 

Among the deaths reported Wednesday was a woman in her 30s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions, according to a New Mexico Department of Health news release.

There have been 425,920 COVID-19 cases reported in New Mexico since the pandemic began and 6,205 pandemic-related deaths, the release said.

San Juan County, which reported 280 new cases on Wednesday, has recorded 33,171 cases since the start of the pandemic and 674 deaths as of Wednesday, according to the state health department’s website.

The state’s 7-Day positivity rate on  Wednesday was 28.3%, a slight decrease from Tuesday’s 28.5%.

There were 626 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Wednesday due to COVID-19 infections, two more than on Tuesday.

“As of today, there are 328,438 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the release said.

The state reports at least one positive COVID-19 case among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

• Aztec Healthcare, Aztec

• Beehive Homes, Farmington

• Cedar Ridge Inn, Farmington

• Genesis San Juan Center, Farmington

• Life Care Farmington

• Namaste House Assisted Living, Farmington

• The Bridge of Farmington, Farmington

The most recent cases are:

• 1658 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 285 new cases in Chaves County

• 108 new cases in Cibola County

• 17 new cases in Colfax County

• 129 new cases in Curry County

• 11 new cases in De Baca County

• 840 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 127 new cases in Eddy County

• 129 new cases in Grant County

• 13 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Harding County

• 22 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 216 new cases in Lea County

• 46 new cases in Lincoln County

• 32 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 40 new cases in Luna County

• 266 new cases in McKinley County

• 4 new cases in Mora County

• 185 new cases in Otero County

• 23 new cases in Quay County

• 143 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 37 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 367 new cases in Sandoval County

• 280 new cases in San Juan County

• 50 new cases in San Miguel County

• 221 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 24 new cases in Sierra County

• 31 new cases in Socorro County

• 116 new cases in Taos County

• 22 new cases in Torrance County

• 5 new cases in Union County

• 256 new cases in Valencia County

• 4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Federal Prison Facility

• 10 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

• 4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

• 11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County

Below is a county-by-county list of New Mexico’s 425,920 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 121,703

• Catron County: 339

• Chaves County: 18,401

• Cibola County: 5,448

• Colfax County: 2,041

• Curry County: 10,635

• De Baca County: 486

• Doña Ana County: 50,696

• Eddy County: 14,348

• Grant County: 5,396

• Guadalupe County: 849

• Harding County: 64

• Hidalgo County: 894

• Lea County: 17,480

• Lincoln County: 4,359

• Los Alamos County: 1,813

• Luna County: 5,509

• McKinley County: 21,027

• Mora County: 575

• Otero County: 10,834

• Quay County: 1,784

• Rio Arriba County: 7,938

• Roosevelt County: 4,174

• Sandoval County: 26,693

• San Juan County: 33,171

• San Miguel County: 4,461

• Santa Fe County: 22,574

• Sierra County: 1,689

• Socorro County: 3,018

• Taos County: 4,170

• Torrance County: 2,258

• Union County: 641

• Valencia County: 14,816

Updates on Tuesday, Jan. 18

10:23 p.m.: A four-day counting period yielded 21,305 new COVID-19 cases across New Mexico, state health officials reported on Tuesday. 

Tuesday’s New Mexico Department of Health news release also reported 32 more deaths, including two residents of San Juan County:

• A woman in her 60s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 

• A man in his 60s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The pandemic has claimed 6,177 lives in New Mexico as of Monday.

The state has recorded 420,192 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

The 7-day test positivity rate was 28.5%. The New Mexico Department of Health reported 5,212 new COVID-19 cases Friday and a 7-day test positivity rate of 27.5% on Friday, Jan. 14.

The four-day counting period came about due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, which caused state offices to close. The state usually releases three days worth of data on Monday.

There were about 5,326 cases per day between Jan. 15 and Jan. 18. 

San Juan County, which has seen 32,892 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, added 1,389 new cases during the four-day counting period, which works out to about 347 new cases per day.

There have been 673 pandemic-related deaths in San Juan County since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health website.

There were 624 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Monday due to COVID-19 infections, the state’s news release said.

“As of today, there are 327,914 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

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:

•  Beehive Homes, Farmington 

• Cedar Ridge Inn, Farmington 

• Genesis San Juan Center, Farmington 

• Life Care Farmington 

• Namaste House Assisted Living, Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 6110 new cases in Bernalillo County 

• 14 new cases in Catron County 

• 694 new cases in Chaves County 

• 265 new cases in Cibola County 

• 72 new cases in Colfax County 

• 560 new cases in Curry County 

• 13 new cases in De Baca County 

• 2,867 new cases in Doña Ana County 

• 579 new cases in Eddy County 

• 204 new cases in Grant County 

• 42 new cases in Guadalupe County 

• 1 new case in Harding County 

• 24 new cases in Hidalgo County 

• 506 new cases in Lea County 

• 161 new cases in Lincoln County 

• 280 new cases in Los Alamos County 

• 176 new cases in Luna County 

• 988 new cases in McKinley County 

• 30 new cases in Mora County 

• 524 new cases in Otero County 

• 35 new cases in Quay County 

• 493 new cases in Rio Arriba County 

• 156 new cases in Roosevelt County 

• 1,844 new cases in Sandoval County 

• 1,389 new cases in San Juan County 

• 323 new cases in San Miguel County 

• 1,806 new cases in Santa Fe County 

• 41 new cases in Sierra County 

• 122 new cases in Socorro County 

• 279 new cases in Taos County 

• 86 new cases in Torrance County 

• 24 new cases in Union County 

• 514 new cases in Valencia County 

• 6 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center 

• 3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Federal Prison Facility 

• 38 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center 

• 5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County 

• 3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility 

• 21 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County 

• 7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County 

The 10 New Mexico ZIP Codes with the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases were:

• 87121 - 839 

• 87507 - 816 

• 87114 - 737 

• 87124 - 701 

• 87144 - 671 

• 87120 - 607 

• 87401 - 540 

• 88101 - 525 

• 87105 - 487 

• 88012 - 457 

Below is a county-by-county list of New Mexico’s 420,192 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 120,036 

• Catron County: 337 

• Chaves County: 18,116 

• Cibola County: 5,346 

• Colfax County: 2,024 

• Curry County: 10,506 

• De Baca County: 475 

• Doña Ana County: 49,859 

• Eddy County: 14,221 

• Grant County: 5,267 

• Guadalupe County: 836 

• Harding County: 63 

• Hidalgo County: 872 

• Lea County: 17,264 

• Lincoln County: 4,313 

• Los Alamos County: 1,781 

• Luna County: 5,469 

• McKinley County: 20,761 

• Mora County: 571 

• Otero County: 10,650 

• Quay County: 1,761 

• Rio Arriba County: 7,795 

• Roosevelt County: 4,137 

• Sandoval County: 26,332 

• San Juan County: 32,892 

• San Miguel County: 4,411 

• Santa Fe County: 22,355 

• Sierra County: 1,665 

• Socorro County: 2,987 

• Taos County: 4,054 

• Torrance County: 2,236 

• Union County: 636 

• Valencia County: 14,560 

6:52 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health with partnering agencies report 75 new cases of COVID-19 and no recent deaths related to the virus.

Today's update for the Navajo Nation included 68 cases that were not immediately reported to health officials. There have been 45,754 cases since the pandemic started.

The death toll remains at 1,600.

According to the Office of the President and Vice President, which releases the daily updates, the Department of Health issued a report today that shows 85 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.

The cases are in almost all the service units under the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, the office's news release states.

The release states that the federal government is now offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits.

Every home in the United States is eligible to order four free test kits at no cost. Kits can be ordered at www.covidtests.gov and usually ship in 7-12 days.

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area IHS and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 8,539
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,317
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,003
  • Gallup Service Unit: 7,654
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,024
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 8,218
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,420
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,557

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

There are 41,952 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 449,570 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Monday, Jan. 17

7:43 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 129 more COVID-19 infections and no deaths Monday.

"The total number of deaths remains 1,600," a release from the Office of the President and Vice President said. "There are also 117 delayed reported cases."

The release said that a full report will be available on Tuesday.

There is no update from State of New Mexico officials due to the holiday, but there should be a report released tomorrow with four days worof figures

Updates for Sunday, Jan. 16

10:04 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 179 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths.

A news release from the Office of the President and Vice President said the pandemic has claimed 1,600 people on the tribal lands.

"There are also 65 delayed reported cases," the release said.

There were no statistical breakdowns available Sunday, but the news release said a full report will be available on Tuesday.

"The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President held a special online town hall on Friday to provide important updates regarding the rise in COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation," the release said. "The town hall is available to view online at: https://youtu.be/tWwM6Pa1CQw. 

President Jonathan Nez said in the release that the tribe's health facilities have increased COVID-19 testing and vaccinations due to the Omicron variant's increasing spread.

"They are also working to get more home testing kits to our people as quickly as possible," Nez said in the release. "The health experts expect the surge in infections to continue through January before we see a decline in cases. We must remain diligent, keep our guard up at all times especially in public, and do more to encourage our loved ones to get fully vaccinated and a booster shot."

Updates for Saturday, Jan. 15

Navajo Nation officials reported 62new COVID-19 cases Saturday, but said there have been no reported deaths from the virus in the last three days.

“Our case numbers have been very high recently, but the number of hospitalizations has not surged and the numbers of deaths has remained low,” Tribal President Jonathan Nez said. “This shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are highly-effective and that they are saving lives."

The Navajo Nation has reported more than 45,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,600 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

"Everyone must take extra precautions such as wearing two masks in public, getting fully vaccinated and a booster shot, limiting travel, staying home as much as possible, and avoiding gatherings where people let their guard down," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in a news release Saturday.

— The Associated Press and the Daily Times staff contributed to this report.

Updates for Friday, Jan. 14

Case numbers remained high but dropped slightly compared to Thursday as the New Mexico Department of Health reported 5,212 new COVID-19 cases via a news release on Friday.

The state also reported 36 more deaths, including the death of a child in Sandoval county who was under the age of 10. She had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions, the news release said. 

Overall there have been 6,145 pandemic-related deaths in New Mexico over the course of the pandemic.

While the state reported 36 more deaths due to the pandemic, 27 of those were recent. A San Juan County resident in her 70s who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions was among the deaths reported Friday. Her death happened more than 30 days before and was recently recorded.

There were 5,547 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the state on Thursday, a new high number for daily cases. The state’s previous high number was 4,246 new cases on Jan. 7, which had broken a record of 3,675 cases reported on Nov. 19, 2020.

The 7-day positivity rate – reflecting the percentage of people tested for COVID-19 who test positive – stopped its steady rise over the past week and decreased slightly from 27.8% on Thursday to 27.5% on Friday. That number was 27.4% Wednesday. All of those percentages mean that about one in four people who were tested for the virus during those periods tested positive.

Statewide, the health department has recorded 398,939 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started. They are broken down by county at the end of this report.

San Juan County has reported 31,505 cases since the pandemic began and on Friday reported 444 new cases. The Department of health website reports that there have been 671 pandemic-related deaths in the county since the start of the pandemic as of Jan. 14.

There are 586 people being cared for in New Mexico hospitals Friday due to COVID-19 infections, a 23-patient decline over Thursday’s 609 patients hospitalized There were 569 people hospitalized on Wednesday.

“As of today, there are 323,199 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state reported at least one positive COVID-19 case among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

• Beehive Homes, Farmington

• Cedar Ridge Inn, Farmington

• Genesis San Juan Center, Farmington

• Life Care Farmington

• Namaste House Assisted Living, Farmington

The state Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county:

• 1366 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 188 new cases in Chaves County

• 92 new cases in Cibola County

• 28 new cases in Colfax County

• 122 new cases in Curry County

• 3 new cases in De Baca County

• 636 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 132 new cases in Eddy County

• 79 new cases in Grant County

• 15 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Harding County

• 21 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 196 new cases in Lea County

• 47 new cases in Lincoln County

• 62 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 57 new cases in Luna County

• 277 new cases in McKinley County

• 7 new cases in Mora County

• 78 new cases in Otero County

• 22 new cases in Quay County

• 139 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 89 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 345 new cases in Sandoval County

• 444 new cases in San Juan County

• 53 new cases in San Miguel County

• 399 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 23 new cases in Sierra County

• 42 new cases in Socorro County

• 56 new cases in Taos County

• 41 new cases in Torrance County

• 7 new cases in Union County

• 123 new cases in Valencia County

• 9 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

• 11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

The 10 New Mexico ZIP Codes with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday were:

• 87121 - 190

• 87401 - 152

• 87120 - 144

• 87507 - 144

• 87114 - 140

• 87105 - 121

• 87124 - 111

• 88101 - 105

• 88240 - 105

• 88001 - 102

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of where New Mexico’s total of 398,939 COVID-19 cases were reported:

• Bernalillo County: 113,944

• Catron County: 323

• Chaves County: 17,426

• Cibola County: 5,081

• Colfax County: 1,953

• Curry County: 9,948

• De Baca County: 462

• Doña Ana County: 47,001

• Eddy County: 13,642

• Grant County: 5,065

• Guadalupe County: 794

• Harding County: 62

• Hidalgo County: 848

• Lea County: 16,759

• Lincoln County: 4,153

• Los Alamos County: 1,501

• Luna County: 5,294

• McKinley County: 19,773

• Mora County: 541

• Otero County: 10,126

• Quay County: 1,726

• Rio Arriba County: 7,304

• Roosevelt County: 3,981

• Sandoval County: 24,490

• San Juan County: 31,505

• San Miguel County: 4,089

• Santa Fe County: 20,553

• Sierra County: 1,624

• Socorro County: 2,865

• Taos County: 3,775

• Torrance County: 2,150

• Union County: 612

• Valencia County: 14,048

6:21 p.m.: The Navajo Nation sets another record high for new COVID-19 infections for a second day in a row. Health officials report 525 new cases and no recent virus-related deaths today.

But the death toll rose to 1,600 because of a death that happened some unspecified time prior to today's update.

The total number of cases is 44,997. This number includes delayed reporting for 98 cases.

There are 40,579 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 442,336 tests have been conducted.

"Stay home, stay safe, and save lives," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update. "Our health care officials are urging all Navajo Nation residents to remain home as much as possible and limit travel while this current Omicron surge continues here on the Navajo Nation and regions and states around us."

He continued, "while the number of cases is high, the data shows that the Omicron variant is not leading to a surge in hospitalizations and deaths. One death is too many, but the number of deaths has remained low during this current surge because the COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing severe symptoms and saving lives. Schools on the Navajo Nation are able to return to hybrid or virtual learning and that's a decision that is determined at the local level based on the severity of cases in their respective community."

Nez's office held a special town hall today to provide updates about the rise in new infections on the tribal land. The presentation is available on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since the pandemic started:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 8,371
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,188
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 4,966
  • Gallup Service Unit: 7,520
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 3,950
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 8,033
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,409
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,538

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

Updates for Thursday, Jan. 13

5:50 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw its largest number of new COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began with 405 new cases reported by health officials today.

The number includes 148 cases that were not immediately divulged to officials, taking the tribe's tally to 44,374.

"Today's high number of cases should serve as a strong reminder to all of our Navajo people to get fully vaccinated, get a booster shot if you're eligible, wear two protective masks in public, limit travel and stay home as much as possible," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

Officials did not report any additional virus-related deaths. However, there was one death were delayed reporting occurred.

The death toll is now 1,599.

There are 40,301 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 439,841 tests have been conducted.

"The Omicron variant is spreading in our communities and it is highly contagious, so we all have to step up our efforts to keep ourselves and others safe," Nez said. "At this point, no one should be visiting people who do not live within your own immediate household and please do not hold large in-person family gatherings such as birthday parties. Schools are strongly urged to offer hybrid learning for students and parents who want to keep their children home and continue their schoolwork virtually. Health officials report that the Omicron variant is more contagious, but the vaccines are effective in preventing severe symptoms and hospitalizations. Keep taking proper precautions and remain home as much as possible."

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since the pandemic started:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 8,200
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,146
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 4,946
  • Gallup Service Unit: 7,363
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 3,880
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 7,898
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,390
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,529

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

5:18 p.m.: After a reporting glitch that caused a large number of delayed COVID-19 cases to be reported all at once this week, New Mexico’s state health agency reported case counting is back on track and there were 5,547 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the state on Thursday. 

A steadily-rising 7-day positivity rate – reflecting the percentage of people tested for COVID-19 who test positive – reached 27.8% Thursday. That number was 27.4% Wednesday.

The state also announced 36 more deaths related to the pandemic, bringing the state’s total death toll to 6,109. The deaths reported Thursday included a woman in her 70s from San Juan who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There have been 393,736 cases reported in New Mexico since the pandemic began, the state’s Thursday news release said.

San Juan County reported 416 new cases on Thursday and a total of 31,062 cases have been recorded in the county since the start of the pandemic. The county has seen 669 deaths as of Thursday related to COVID-19.

There were 609 people hospitalized in New Mexico on Thursday due to COVID-19 infections. On Wednesday that number was 569 people hospitalized.

“As of today, there are 321,858 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state reported at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:

• Beehive Homes, Farmington

• Cedar Ridge Inn, Farmington

• Genesis San Juan Center, Farmington

• Life Care Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 1513 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 5 new cases in Catron County

• 244 new cases in Chaves County

• 44 new cases in Cibola County

• 28 new cases in Colfax County

• 88 new cases in Curry County

• 11 new cases in De Baca County

• 994 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 147 new cases in Eddy County

• 64 new cases in Grant County

• 5 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 11 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 212 new cases in Lea County

• 104 new cases in Lincoln County

• 15 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 42 new cases in Luna County

• 246 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 121 new cases in Otero County

• 26 new cases in Quay County

• 75 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 70 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 359 new cases in Sandoval County

• 416 new cases in San Juan County

• 119 new cases in San Miguel County

• 320 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 19 new cases in Sierra County

• 49 new cases in Socorro County

• 38 new cases in Taos County

• 21 new cases in Torrance County

• 9 new cases in Union County

• 127 new cases in Valencia County

• 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Federal Prison Facility

• 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

• 2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County

The 10 New Mexico ZIP codes with the highest number of COVID-19 Thursday were:

• 87121 - 202

• 87114 - 177

• 88001 - 173

• 87120 - 160

• 88005 - 159

• 88011 - 146

• 88012 - 139

• 87401 - 130

• 87507 - 126

• 87124 - 125

Below is a list of New Mexico’s 393,736 COVID-19 cases by county:

• Bernalillo County: 112,580

• Catron County: 321

• Chaves County: 17,239

• Cibola County: 4,989

• Colfax County: 1,925 

• Curry County: 9,826

• De Baca County: 459

• Doña Ana County: 46,365

• Eddy County: 13,509

• Grant County: 4,986

• Guadalupe County: 779 

• Harding County: 61

• Hidalgo County: 827

• Lea County: 16,565

• Lincoln County: 4,106

• Los Alamos County: 1,439

• Luna County: 5,237

• McKinley County: 19,496

• Mora County: 534

• Otero County: 10,048

• Quay County: 1,704

• Rio Arriba County: 7,165

• Roosevelt County: 3,892

• Sandoval County: 24,148 

• San Juan County: 31,062

• San Miguel County: 4,036

• Santa Fe County: 20,155

• Sierra County: 1,601

• Socorro County: 2,823

• Taos County: 3,719

• Torrance County: 2,109

• Union County: 605

• Valencia County: 13,925

Updates for Wednesday, Jan. 12

6:45 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other health agencies for the Navajo Nation report 245 new cases of COVID-19 today.

They also report four more people have died of complications, increasing the death toll to 1,598.

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, there have been 43,821 cases. This tally includes 35 cases where delayed reporting happened.

The Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 8,071
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,099
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 4,928
  • Gallup Service Unit: 7,268
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 3,809
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 7,742
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,369
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,513

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

There are 40,227 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 435,811 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Tuesday, Jan. 11

6:45 p.m.: The Navajo Nation has 93 new cases of COVID-19 and one death related to the disease, health officials reported today.

The total number of cases is 43,541. This number includes delayed reporting for 171 cases. The death toll is now 1,594.

There are 40,199 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 433,201 tests have been conducted.

The Navajo Department of Health reported 19 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.

The cases were found in the Chinle, Kayenta and Tuba City service units under the Navajo Area Indian Health Service and in areas served by Sage Memorial Hospital and the Utah Navajo Health System.

The department also issued two public health emergency orders that reaffirm the "safer at home" order and place schools under red status because of the increase in Omicron variant cases.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez signed an executive order that mandates employees under the executive branch provide proof of booster shots for COVID-19 by Jan. 24 or undergo testing every two weeks.

The Department of Health, Navajo Area IHS and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 7,993
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,082
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 4,926
  • Gallup Service Unit: 7,199
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 3,777
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 7,675
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,361
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,506

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

4:43 p.m.: There were 2,932 new COVID-19 cases reported in New Mexico Tuesday, according to a news release from state health officials. 

The New Mexico Department of Health also reported 25 more deaths, one of them a woman in her 70s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized. Sixteen of the 25 deaths reported Tuesday were recent, the rest happened more than 30 days ago.

The statewide 7-day positivity rate was 26.2% on Tuesday, a slight increase of Monday’s 25.8%.

The state has recorded 381,295 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. There have been 6,045 pandemic-related deaths in New Mexico.

San Juan County has recorded 30,274 cases since the pandemic began and added 209 new cases on Tuesday. The state Health Department website says the county has had 666 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, and 26,931 residents have recovered. The total number of tests administered in the county was  372,316 as of Tuesday.

There were 584 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections. 

“As of today, there are 320,551 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state reported at least one positive COVID-19 case among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

• Cedar Ridge Inn, Farmington

• Genesis San Juan Center, Farmington

• Life Care Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 871 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 143 new cases in Chaves County

• 70 new cases in Cibola County

• 7 new cases in Colfax County

• 64 new cases in Curry County

• 5 new cases in De Baca County

• 302 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 110 new cases in Eddy County

• 7 new cases in Grant County

• 2 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 140 new cases in Lea County

• 11 new cases in Lincoln County

• 33 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 27 new cases in Luna County

• 141 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 107 new cases in Otero County

• 19 new cases in Quay County

• 45 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 41 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 220 new cases in Sandoval County

• 209 new cases in San Juan County

• 42 new cases in San Miguel County

• 193 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 11 new cases in Sierra County

• 17 new cases in Socorro County

• 29 new cases in Taos County

• 10 new cases in Torrance County

• 2 new cases in Union County

• 45 new cases in Valencia County

• 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

• 3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County

The 10 New Mexico ZIP Codes with the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday were:

• 87121 - 133

• 87114 - 111

• 87401 - 102

• 87120 - 92

• 88240 - 85

• 87105 - 82

• 88220 - 74

• 88203 - 72

• 87124 - 69

• 87507 - 68

Below is a county-by-county list of New Mexico’s 381,295 COVID-19 cases recorded since the start of the pandemic:

• Bernalillo County: 109,067

• Catron County: 309

• Chaves County: 16,156

• Cibola County: 4,869

• Colfax County: 1,854

• Curry County: 9,608

• De Baca County: 436

• Doña Ana County: 44,358

• Eddy County: 13,272

• Grant County: 4,855

• Guadalupe County: 757

• Harding County: 60

• Hidalgo County: 803

• Lea County: 16,089

• Lincoln County: 3,949

• Los Alamos County: 1,383

• Luna County: 5,159

• McKinley County: 18,996

• Mora County: 523

• Otero County: 9,827

• Quay County: 1,648

• Rio Arriba County: 6,964

• Roosevelt County: 3,773

• Sandoval County: 23,366

• San Juan County: 30,274

• San Miguel County: 3,839

• Santa Fe County: 19,349

• Sierra County: 1,579

• Socorro County: 2,749

• Taos County: 3,639

• Torrance County: 2,042

• Union County: 581

• Valencia County: 13,673

Updates for Monday, Jan. 10

8:26 p.m.: A three-day reporting period yielded 9,284 new COVID-19 cases across New Mexico and 37 more pandemic-related deaths, state health officials reported Monday

The state’s daily news release also said the 7-Day positivity rate stood at 25.8% on Monday. The last reported rate, on Friday, was 23.2%.

The state has logged 378,363 cases since the pandemic began, and 6,020 COVID-19-related deaths.

San Juan County has recorded 30,068 cases since the pandemic began and reported 679 new cases during the three-day counting period that ended Jan. 10

There were 518 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections on Monday. 

“As of today, there are 319,797 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the release said. 

Among the 37 deaths reported Monday were: 

• A woman in her 40s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. She died recently.

• A man in his 50s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. That death happened more than 30 days ago.

• A second man in his 50s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. That death happened more than 30 days ago.

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:

• Bloomfield Nursing and Rehab Center in Bloomfield 

• Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington 

• Life Care Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 3228 new cases in Bernalillo County 

• 6 new cases in Catron County 

• 139 new cases in Chaves County 

• 146 new cases in Cibola County 

• 34 new cases in Colfax County 

• 161 new cases in Curry County 

• 5 new cases in De Baca County 

• 1038 new cases in Doña Ana County 

• 122 new cases in Eddy County 

• 111 new cases in Grant County 

•15 new cases in Guadalupe County 

• 1 new case in Harding County 

• 27 new cases in Hidalgo County 

• 329 new cases in Lea County 

• 65 new cases in Lincoln County 

• 114 new cases in Los Alamos County 

• 110 new cases in Luna County 

• 514 new cases in McKinley County 

• 13 new cases in Mora County 

• 186 new cases in Otero County 

• 7 new cases in Quay County 

• 186 new cases in Rio Arriba County 

• 26 new cases in Roosevelt County 

• 600 new cases in Sandoval County 

• 679 new cases in San Juan County 

• 120 new cases in San Miguel County 

• 658 new cases in Santa Fe County 

• 26 new cases in Sierra County 

• 57 new cases in Socorro County 

• 142 new cases in Taos County 

• 34 new cases in Torrance County 

• 11 new cases in Union County 

• 362 new cases in Valencia County 

• new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center 

• 4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County 

• 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County 

•1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County 

The 10 New Mexico ZIP Codes with the highest number of COVID-19 cases on Monday were:

• 87121 - 471 

• 87120 - 368 

• 87114 - 340 

• 87105 - 275 

• 87401 - 263 

• 87031 - 254 

• 87507 - 232 

• 87124 - 217 

• 87111 - 211 

• 87108 - 209 

Here is a list of the 378,363 COVID-19 cases that have been reported in New Mexico so far:

• Bernalillo County: 108,195 

• Catron County: 307 

• Chaves County: 16,013 

• Cibola County: 4,799 

• Colfax County: 1,847 

• Curry County: 9,544 

• De Baca County: 431 

• Doña Ana County: 44,055 

• Eddy County: 13,162 

• Grant County: 4,848 

• Guadalupe County: 755 

• Harding County: 60 

• Hidalgo County: 801 

• Lea County: 15,949 

• Lincoln County: 3,938 

• Los Alamos County: 1,350 

• Luna County: 5,132 

• McKinley County: 18,854 

• Mora County: 522 

• Otero County: 9,720 

• Quay County: 1,629 

• Rio Arriba County: 6,920 

• Roosevelt County: 3,732 

• Sandoval County: 23,146 

• San Juan County: 30,068 

• San Miguel County: 3,797 

• Santa Fe County: 19,156 

• Sierra County: 1,568 

• Socorro County: 2,732 

• Taos County: 3,610 

• Torrance County: 2,034 

• Union County: 579 

• Valencia County: 13,628 

7:18 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation reported 79 new COVID-19 cases today, which is a decline in recent days.

Officials did not report any additional virus-related deaths. This keeps the death toll at 1,593.

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, there have been 43,277 cases. This tally includes delayed reporting for 18 cases.

There are 40,132 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 431,641 tests have been conducted.

Today, the Navajo Department of Health issued a health advisory notice for 61 communities because of high COVID-19 infections. The advisory is based on cases from Dec. 24, 2021 to Jan. 6.

Naschitti, Newcomb, Two Grey Hills and Upper Fruitland are communities on the list from the Northern Agency in San Juan County.

• New Mexico communities:

Baca-Prewitt, Breadsprings, Casamero Lake, Chichiltah, Church Rock, Crownpoint, Iyanbito, Littlewater, Manuelito, Mexican Springs, Nahodishgish, Pinedale, Ramah, Red Rock, Rock Springs, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Smith Lake, Standing Rock, Thoreau, Tohatchi, Tsayatoh and Twin Lakes.

• Communities in Arizona or Utah:

Birdsprings, Black Mesa, Cameron, Chinle, Dennehotso, Forest Lake, Fort Defiance, Ganado, Hardrock, Houck, Indian Wells, Inscription House, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Leupp, Low Mountain, Lukachukai, Lupton, Many Farms, Mexican Water, Piñon, Red Valley, Rock Point, Round Rock, Shonto, St. Michaels, Tachee-Blue Gap, Teec Nos Pos, Teesto, Tonalea, Tsaile-Wheatfields, Tselani-Cottonwood, Tuba City and Whippoorwill.

"This week, we see an increase in the number of communities identified with uncontrolled spread from 42 communities last week to 61 communities this week," tribal President Jonathan Nez said. "Everyone must use extreme caution in public places and health officials now recommend wearing two masks in public due to the high level of transmissibility of the Omicron variant."

Nez added, "our health care officials are working with their partners and they have identified more Omicron variant cases in several regions of the Navajo Nation. It's safe to say that the Omicron variant is widespread on the Navajo Nation and across the country, but the data indicates that symptoms are often less severe among those who are fully vaccinated and those who their booster shot."

The Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 7,938
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,070
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 4,881
  • Gallup Service Unit: 7,160
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 3,765
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 7,647
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,308
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,486

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

Updates for Sunday, Jan. 9

7:40 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 242 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation Sunday and no deaths.

There have been 1,593 pandemic-related deaths on the tribal lands since the pandemic began, a release from the Office of the President and Vice President said.

"The report indicates that 40,000 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 427,922 COVID-19 tests have been administeredm" the release said. "The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 43,180, including 51 delayed reported cases."

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

• Chinle Service Unit: 7,921

• Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,057

• Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 4880

• Gallup Service Unit: 7,136

• Kayenta Service Unit: 3,743

• Shiprock Service Unit: 7,629

• Tuba City Service Unit: 5,306

• Winslow Service Unit: 2,486

* 22 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

Updates for Saturday, Jan. 8

The Navajo Nation has reported 220 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths related to the virus.

Tribal officials said the number of confirmed cases on the vast reservation since the pandemic began now total 42,887 as of Saturday including 45 delayed reported cases.

The known death toll stands at 1,593.

Navajo Nation officials reported 270 cases and one death on Friday.

“Cases of the omicron variant are much higher in border towns and cities located off the Navajo Nation,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement Saturday. “The omicron variant is much more contagious than the original strain of COVID-19 and the delta variant.

“The good news is that the COVID-19 vaccines are highly-effective in pushing back on the symptoms and reducing the chances of being hospitalized if you do get the virus,” Nez added. “The data shows that the vaccines save lives. Please take precautions, wear two masks in public, and get vaccinated and a booster shot if you’re eligible for one.”

— The Associated Press

Updates for Friday, Jan. 7

11:58 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies report 270 new COVID-19 cases and one more death related to the disease.

Today's update increases the total number of cases to 42,622. This number includes delayed reporting for 28 cases.

The death toll is now at 1,593.

The Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 7,767
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,018
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 4,859
  • Gallup Service Unit: 7,012
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 3,659
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 7,524
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,278
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,483

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

There are 39,753 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 427,922 tests have been conducted.

7:02 p.m.: COVID-19 case numbers in New Mexico blew past a record set in November 2020 on Friday with health officials reporting 4,246 new COVID-19 cases, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

That number is a substantial increase over Thursday’s 3,231 new COVID-19 cases.

There were 2,514 cases reported Wednesday.

KOB TV reported Friday that the 3,675 cases reported on Nov. 19, 2020, were the pandemic’s previous daily case count high mark.

The state also reported 14 recent deaths, eight of those in Bernalillo county and none in San Juan County.

The numbers brought the state’s case numbers since the pandemic began to 369,113. There have been 5,983 pandemic-related deaths in New Mexico.

San Juan County, which has seen 661 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, registered 243 new cases on Friday for a total of 29,391 cases since the pandemic began.

There were 539 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals on Friday due to COVID-19 infections. 

As of today, there are 315,606 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the release states.

The state reports at least one positive COVID-19 case among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

● Bloomfield Nursing and Rehab Center in Bloomfield 

● Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington 

● Life Care Farmington 

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

● 1287 new cases in Bernalillo County 

● 38 new cases in Chaves County 

● 58 new cases in Cibola County 

● 11 new cases in Colfax County 

● 64 new cases in Curry County 

● 3 new cases in De Baca County 

● 711 new cases in Doña Ana County 

●97 new cases in Eddy County 

●71 new cases in Grant County 

●20 new cases in Guadalupe County 

●18 new cases in Hidalgo County 

●154 new cases in Lea County 

●23 new cases in Lincoln County 

●70 new cases in Los Alamos County 

●20 new cases in Luna County 

●202 new cases in McKinley County 

●8 new cases in Mora County 

●67 new cases in Otero County 

●8 new cases in Quay County 

●118 new cases in Rio Arriba County 

●57 new cases in Roosevelt County 

●296 new cases in Sandoval County 

●243 new cases in San Juan County 

●42 new cases in San Miguel County 

●393 new cases in Santa Fe County 

● 6 new cases in Sierra County 

● 24 new cases in Socorro County 

●38 new cases in Taos County 

● 19 new cases in Torrance County 

●5 new cases in Union County 

●70 new cases in Valencia County 

●1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility 

● 4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County 

Updates for Thursday, Jan. 6

7:14 p.m.: Health experts for the Navajo Nation reported today 294 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional virus-related deaths.

The total number of cases is 42,324. This number includes delayed reporting for 59 cases. The death toll remains at 1,592.

Because of the increase in COVID-19 infections, the Office of the President and Vice President will have a town hall at 10 a.m. on Jan. 7 to talk about COVID-19.

The presentation will livestream on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page and YouTube channel.

"The rise in new COVID-19 cases is very alarming, but we should not panic because we have the vaccines to help push back on the variants and we know what precautions we have to take to protect ourselves and others," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the news release. "The Omicron variant has been found within the Navajo Nation and it continues to spread very rapidly across the country. As we have stated all along, the safest place to be is at home here on the Navajo Nation where we have a face mask mandate, extra precautions in businesses and other safety measures in place that are not in effect in border towns and other cities."

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 7,667
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,992
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 4,846
  • Gallup Service Unit: 6,955
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 3,616
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 7,487
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,262
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,477

*22 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

There are 39,634 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 425,612 tests have been conducted.

5:30 p.m.: New COVID-19 case counts and hospitalization numbers continued to rise on Thursday, as did the pandemic’s death toll.

The New Mexico Department of Health ‘s Thursday news release reported 3,231 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 717 more cases than the 2,514 cases reported Wednesday.

The Thursday release also reported 36 more pandemic-related deaths, 24 of those being recent and the rest having happened more than 30 days ago.

Two of those deaths were unidentified San Jan County residents. Both were men in their 60s who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The state's 7-Day positivity rate, reflecting the percentage of people who were  tested in New Mexico for COVID-19 who test positive for the virus, rose to 21.7% Thursday. That number was 20.6% on Wednesday, 19.8% on Tuesday and 17.9% on Monday.

The new numbers brought the state’s total case count since the pandemic began to 364,861. There have been 5,969 deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

San Juan County, which has recorded 29,146 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, reported 188 new cases Thursday. The county has recorded 661 pandemic-related deaths, including the two reported on Thursday.

There were 540 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Thursday due to COVID-19 infections 

“As of today, there are 314,196 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state reports at least one positive COVID-19 case has been found among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

• The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

• Genesis San Juan Center in Farmington

• Life Care Farmington

The state Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county:

• 1078 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 59 new cases in Chaves County

• 49 new cases in Cibola County

• 24 new cases in Colfax County

• 73 new cases in Curry County

• 4 new cases in De Baca County

• 258 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 96 new cases in Eddy County

• 86 new cases in Grant County

• 3 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 21 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 145 new cases in Lea County

• 26 new cases in Lincoln County

• 29 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 14 new cases in Luna County

• 184 new cases in McKinley County

• 4 new cases in Mora County

• 76 new cases in Otero County

• 9 new cases in Quay County

• 77 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 18 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 271 new cases in Sandoval County

• 188 new cases in San Juan County

• 50 new cases in San Miguel County

• 262 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 6 new cases in Sierra County

• 12 new cases in Socorro County

• 33 new cases in Taos County

• 15 new cases in Torrance County

• 4 new cases in Union County

• 57 new cases in Valencia County

The 10 New Mexico ZIP Codes with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday were:

• 87121 - 147

• 87114 - 121

• 87507 - 101

• 87120 - 93

• 87124 - 93

• 87401 - 90

• 87105 - 88

• 87111 - 82

• 88240 - 76

• 87144 - 74

Below is a county-by-county list of New Mexico’s 364,861 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 103,687 

• Catron County: 301 

• Chaves County: 15,835 

• Cibola County: 4,596 

•  County: 1,802 

• Curry County: 9,319 

• De Baca County: 423 

• Doña Ana County: 42,315 

• Eddy County: 12,942 

• Grant County: 4,667 

• Guadalupe County: 721 

• Harding County: 59 

• Hidalgo County: 756 

• Lea County: 15,469 

• Lincoln County: 3,850 

• Los Alamos County: 1,167 

• Luna County: 5,003 

• McKinley County: 18,136 

• Mora County: 501 

• Otero County: 9,468 

• Quay County: 1,614 

• Rio Arriba County: 6,616 

• Roosevelt County: 3,648 

• Sandoval County: 22,251 

• San Juan County: 29,146 

• San Miguel County: 3,636 

• Santa Fe County: 18,108 

• Sierra County: 1,536 

• Socorro County: 2,655 

• Taos County: 3,431 

• Torrance County: 1,982 

• Union County: 563 

• Valencia County: 13,196 

Updates for Wednesday, Jan. 5

10:29 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 168 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation Wednesday and two deaths.

"The total number of deaths is now 1,592," a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President said. "The report indicates that 39,602 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 422,580 COVID-19 tests have been administered."

There have been 41,971 COVID-19 cases recorded since the pandemic began, including 24 cases in which reporting was delayed, the release said.

“We have a high number of new infections reported today. It’s more important than ever to get fully vaccinated and get a booster shot to help prevent severe illness if you contract COVID-19,"  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in the release. "The Omicron variant is highly contagious, but we know what we have to do to protect ourselves and others."

Nez urged mask wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and limiting travel as steps to thwart transmission of the virus.

"We have to remain diligent and keep pushing back on this virus in order to prevent more outbreaks and to save more lives," Nez said.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

• Chinle Service Unit: 7,564

• Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,971

• Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 4,834

• Gallup Service Unit: 6,851

• Kayenta Service Unit: 3,587

• Shiprock Service Unit: 7,455

• Tuba City Service Unit: 5,219

• Winslow Service Unit: 2,468

* 22 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

5:07 p.m.: The state’s 7-day test positivity rate climbed past 20 percent Wednesday as state health authorities reported 2,514 new COVID-19 cases and 36 more pandemic-related deaths. 

The state had reported 1,654 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 31 deaths.

New Mexico has recorded 361,629 cases since the start of the pandemic and 5,933 pandemic-related deaths.

There were 160 new cases reported Wednesday in San Juan County, which has seen 28,958 cases since the pandemic began and 658 pandemic-related deaths.

The state's 7-Day positivity rate, reflecting the percentage of people tested in New Mexico for COVID-19 who test positive for the virus, reached 20.6% Wednesday. That number was 17.9% On Monday and 19.8% on Tuesday.

There were 497 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Wednesday due to COVID-19 infections. 

“As of today, there are 313,274 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state found at least one positive COVID-19 case among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in Farmington:

• The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

• Genesis San Juan Center in Farmington

• Life Care Farmington

The state Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county:

• 923 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Catron County

• 36 new cases in Chaves County

• 40 new cases in Cibola County

• 8 new cases in Colfax County

• 55 new cases in Curry County

• 2 new cases in De Baca County

• 146 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 79 new cases in Eddy County

• 64 new cases in Grant County

• 7 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Harding County

• 7 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 150 new cases in Lea County

• 21 new cases in Lincoln County

• 3 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 12 new cases in Luna County

• 174 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 48 new cases in Otero County

• 6 new cases in Quay County

• 15 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 46 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 182 new cases in Sandoval County

• 160 new cases in San Juan County

• 39 new cases in San Miguel County

• 137 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 12 new cases in Sierra County

• 37 new cases in Socorro County

• 15 new cases in Taos County

• 14 new cases in Torrance County

• 14 new cases in Union County

• 59 new cases in Valencia County

Of the 36 deaths reported on Wednesday related to COVID-19 24 were recent:

• A man in his 40s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.

• A second man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

• A woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A second woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A third woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County.

• A woman in her 90s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 60s from Chaves County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 70s from Chaves County who was hospitalized.

• A woman in her 60s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 80s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 90s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 60s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 50s from Otero County who was hospitalized.

• A woman in her 80s from Rio Arriba County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 20s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 40s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 60s from San Miguel County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 80s from San Miguel County who had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 60s from Sierra County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 60s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 40s from Valencia County who was hospitalized.

• A man in his 80s from Valencia County was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There were 12 deaths reported Wednesday that happened at least 30 days before:

• A woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 80s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

• A woman in her 80s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 50s from Eddy County who was hospitalized.

• A man in his 30s from Grant County who was hospitalized.

• A woman in her 90s from Lincoln County who had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 20s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 90s from Rio Arriba County.

• A man in his 90s from Rio Arriba County who had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 80s from Roosevelt County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 60s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 70s from San Miguel County who had underlying conditions.

The 10 New Mexico  ZIP Codes with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday were:

• 87121 - 133

• 87120 - 120

• 87114 - 88

• 88240 - 76

• 87105 - 72

• 87401 - 66

• 87124 - 63

• 87301 - 61

• 87111 - 59

• 88220 - 57

Daily case counts and test numbers are raw data based on information the state receives today – Below is a breakdown of New Mexico’s 361,629 COVID-19 cases by county:

• Bernalillo County: 102,607

• Catron County: 301

• Chaves County: 15,776

• Cibola County: 4,548

• Colfax County: 1,778

• Curry County: 9,246

• De Baca County: 419

• Doña Ana County: 42,068

• Eddy County: 12,846

• Grant County: 4,581

• Guadalupe County: 718

• Harding County: 59

• Hidalgo County: 735

• Lea County: 15,324

• Lincoln County: 3,824

• Los Alamos County: 1,138

• Luna County: 4,989

• McKinley County: 17,952

• Mora County: 497

• Otero County: 9,392

• Quay County: 1,605

• Rio Arriba County: 6,539

• Roosevelt County: 3,630

• Sandoval County: 21,980

• San Juan County: 28,958

• San Miguel County: 3,586

• Santa Fe County: 17,846

• Sierra County: 1,530

• Socorro County: 2,643

• Taos County: 3,398

• Torrance County: 1,985

• Union County: 559

• Valencia County: 13,139

Updates for Tuesday, Jan. 4

10:30 p.m.: The Navajo Nation reported 35 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday, but no additional deaths for at least the second consecutive day, the Associated Press reported.

The latest numbers pushed the number of cases on the Navajo Nation since the pandemic began to 41,779 including 87 delayed reported cases.

The death roll remains at 1,590.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez said the omicron variant was detected in the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation this week.

Based on cases from Dec. 17-30, the Navajo Department of Health has issued an advisory for 42 communities due to uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus. (See the list in our Jan. 3 update below.)

“As reported by many health officials, the omicron variant is more contagious than the original strain of the virus and the delta variant,” Nez said in a statement Tuesday. “If you go into public places with large numbers of people, health officials recommend wearing two masks due to the higher transmissibility of the omicron variant. We need everyone’s help to inform and protect our elders and those with underlying health conditions.”

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

• Chinle Service Unit: 7,515

• Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,959

• Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 4,821

• Gallup Service Unit: 6,798

• Kayenta Service Unit: 3,571

• Shiprock Service Unit: 7,431

• Tuba City Service Unit: 5,200

• Winslow Service Unit: 2,462

* 22 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

— The Associated Press and The Daily Times staff contributed to this report.

5:28 p.m.: Figures released Tuesday by New Mexico state health officials show the 7-day average rate of COVID-19 tests coming in as positive across the state has jumped from around 10% in December to just under 20 percent as of Jan. 4.

The New Mexico Department of Health’s afternoon news release also reported 1,654 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 31 more pandemic-related deaths, 20 of those in Bernalillo County and two in San Juan County.

The statewide 7-day positivity rate, which stood at 17.9% Monday, rose to 19.8% on Tuesday.

The state has seen 359,116 COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic began and 5,897 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which has registered 28,798 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, has recorded  655 pandemic-related deaths. The county reported 101 new cases on Tuesday.

There were 493 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections. 

“As of today, there are 312,321 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the release stated.

The state has found at least one positive COVID-19 case among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

• The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

• Genesis San Juan Center in Farmington

• Life Care Farmington

Among the 31 people reported dead on Tuesday due to the pandemic, 23 of those deaths were recent:

• A woman in her 40s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.

• A man in his 40s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

• A man in his 60s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

• A man in his 70s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

• A woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A second woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 90s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 30s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

• A woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 30s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

• A man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

• A woman in her 90s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.

• A man in his 60s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A second man in his 60s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 70s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 80s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 90s from Sandoval County who had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 70s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 50s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized.

Eight of the deaths reported on Tuesday happened more than 30 days:

• A man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A second woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A third woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 90s from Otero County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 40s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized.

• A man in his 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 90s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The state Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county:

• 511 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Catron County

• 46 new cases in Chaves County

• 12 new cases in Cibola County

• 7 new cases in Colfax County

• 62 new cases in Curry County

• 8 new cases in De Baca County

• 164 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 56 new cases in Eddy County

• 17 new cases in Grant County

• 4 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 98 new cases in Lea County

• 17 new cases in Lincoln County

• 9 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 10 new cases in Luna County

• 46 new cases in McKinley County

• 11 new cases in Mora County

• 47 new cases in Otero County

• 9 new cases in Quay County

• 25 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 46 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 101 new cases in Sandoval County

• 101 new cases in San Juan County

• 32 new cases in San Miguel County

• 98 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 8 new cases in Socorro County

• 8 new cases in Taos County

• 42 new cases in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 49 new cases in Valencia County

• 4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center

• 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Federal Prison Facility

• 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

The 10 New Mexico ZIP codes with the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday were:

• 87121 - 81

• 87120 - 60

• 87114 - 55

• 88101 - 55

• 87401 - 51

• 88130 - 44

• 87111 - 42

• 88240 - 42

• 88012 - 40

• 87507 - 39

Statewide case numbers will be added later.

Updates for Monday, Jan. 3

11:30 p.m.: The Navajo Nation reported 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths Monday, but tribal health officials say the first case of the omicron variant has been detected, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Based on cases from Dec. 17-30, the Navajo Department of Health has issued an advisory for 42 communities due to uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus.

The latest numbers pushed the number of cases on the Navajo Nation to 41,657 since the pandemic began.

The death roll remains at 1,590.

“The first known case of the omicron variant has been found here on the Navajo Nation,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement Monday. “This is not a time to panic, but we must step up our efforts to take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of this new variant in our communities.

“Health officials recommend wearing two masks in public due to how quickly the omicron variant has spread in other parts of the world. In many parts of the country, more and more health care workers are having to isolate due to the spread of the omicron variant,” Nez added.

The first known case of the Omicron variant came from a sample collected from mid-December 2021 from the Utah Navajo Health System, according to the Navajo Epidemiology Center, which is working under the Navajo Department of Health, the news release stated.

“Additional information will be forthcoming as more is learned,” the release said. 

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

•       Chinle Service Unit: 7,486

•       Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,944

•       Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 4,818

•       Gallup Service Unit: 6,791

•       Kayenta Service Unit: 3,556

•       Shiprock Service Unit: 7,417

•       Tuba City Service Unit: 5,167

•       Winslow Service Unit: 2,456

* 22 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

The 42 communities noted in the Health Advisory Notice from the Navajo Department of Health due to the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 are:

Bird Springs

Black Mesa

Bread Springs

Cameron

Casamero Lake

Chichiltah

Chinle

Churchrock

Crownpoint    

Ganado

Houck

Indian Wells

Iyanbito

Kaibeto

Kayenta

Leupp

Low Mountain

Lukachukai    

Manuelito

Many Farms

Mexican Springs

Naschitti

Pinedale

Pinon

Rock Point

Rock Springs    

Sheepsprings

Shiprock

Shonto

Smith Lake

St. Michaels

Tachee/Blue Gap

Thoreau

Tohajiilee    

Tohatchi

Tsaile/Wheatfields

Tselani/Cottonwood

Tuba City

Twin Lakes

Two Grey Hills

Upper Fruitland

White Cone

— A staff and wire report

5:31 p.m.: The state hasn't been reporting statistics over the holiday weekend, so this report covers four days.

The state reported 7,313 new cases of COVID-19 over a four-day reporting period ending Jan. 3, an average of just over 1,828 cases per day across New Mexico.

New Mexico Department of Health officials also announced 11 more deaths, two of those recent, in a report that covered statistics compiled over a holiday weekend reporting period that began on Friday, Dec. 31. 

The pandemic has so far claimed 5,866 people in New Mexico, 653 of them San Juan County residents.

Totals statewide reached 357,480 cases reported since the start of the pandemic, 28,697 of them in San Juan County.

There were 281 new cases reported in San Juan County over the four-day period and no new deaths.

The 7-Day statewide test positivity rate was 17.9% for the period between Friday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 3.

There were 472 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections on Monday.

“As of today, there are 311,304 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state reported at least one positive COVID-19 case among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

• The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

• Genesis San Juan Center in Farmington

• Life Care Farmington

The 11 COVID-19-related deaths reported Monday included two recent deaths:

• A woman in her 70s from Doña Ana County who resided at the Blue Horizon Assisted Living Facility.

• A man in his 30s from Valencia County who had been hospitalized.

Nine other deaths reported Monday happened more than 30 days before:

• A man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.

• A man in his 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.

• A woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was resided at the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.

• A woman in her 90s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 70s from Eddy County who was hospitalized.

• A woman in her 70s from Rio Arriba County who was hospitalized.

• A man in his 90s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized.

• A man in his 70s from Valencia County who was hospitalized.

• A woman in her 70s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 2469 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 10 new cases in Catron County

• 281 new cases in Chaves County

• 49 new cases in Cibola County

• 32 new cases in Colfax County

• 131 new cases in Curry County

• 9 new cases in De Baca County

• 950 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 100 new cases in Eddy County

• 131 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 18 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 213 new cases in Lea County

• 71 new cases in Lincoln County

• 92 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 60 new cases in Luna County

• 195 new cases in McKinley County

• 13 new cases in Mora County

• 154 new cases in Otero County

• 11 new cases in Quay County

• 168 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 29 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 510 new cases in Sandoval County

• 281 new cases in San Juan County

• 87 new cases in San Miguel County

• 690 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 25 new cases in Sierra County

• 37 new cases in Socorro County

• 87 new cases in Taos County

• 32 new cases in Torrance County

• 10 new cases in Union County

• 335 new cases in Valencia County

• 29 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

• 2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County

• 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico 

Below is a list by county of New Mexico’s 357,480 COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic began:

• Bernalillo County: 101,180

• Catron County: 299

• Chaves County: 15,694

• Cibola County: 4,497

• Colfax County: 1,763

• Curry County: 9,129

• De Baca County: 409

• Doña Ana County: 41,760

• Eddy County: 12,711

• Grant County: 4,500

• Guadalupe County: 707

• Harding County: 58

• Hidalgo County: 726

• Lea County: 15,076

• Lincoln County: 3,786

• Los Alamos County: 1,126

• Luna County: 4,967

• McKinley County: 17,732

• Mora County: 485

• Otero County: 9,298

• Quay County: 1,590

• Rio Arriba County: 6,499

• Roosevelt County: 3,538

• Sandoval County: 21,701

• San Juan County: 28,697

• San Miguel County: 3,517

• Santa Fe County: 17,612

• Sierra County: 1,518

• Socorro County: 2,598

• Taos County: 3,375

• Torrance County: 1,936

• Union County: 544

• Valencia County: 13,033