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

The Daily Times staff

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

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, announces the end to her state's indoor mask mandate while Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, right, removes his mask on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Santa Fe.

State drops mask mandate

Wearing face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 disease in New Mexico, while strongly recommended by health officials, is no longer mandatory in the state.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Thursday, Feb. 17, that the state would lift its mask mandate, which covers all residents over the age of 2 regardless of vaccine status in indoor public spaces, effective immediately.

The news was broken by reporters who were at the briefing via social media posts, including photos of acting state Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase at the briefing without a mask on. 

The announcement came at an in-person press briefing that was not live-streamed, following the end of the 30-day legislative session, a month in which some lawmakers repeatedly chafed at rules they wear masks in the chamber. 

New Mexico was one of just a handful of states sticking to mask mandates for the public on Thursday. California lifted masking requirements for vaccinated residents this week, and Oregon's mask mandate is set to end March 31.

The Navajo Nation is keeping in place its public health emergency order for people to wear masks while in public on the tribal land.

"Keep wearing your masks in public and get fully vaccinated for COVID-19," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement on Feb. 17. "Our frontline warriors are fighting this invisible monster every day in our health care facilities. We must do everything we can to fight for them by taking precautions that reduce the spread of COVID-19."

A copy of the April 17, 2020 order is here.

Free San Juan County COVID-19 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: 61% of people fully vaccinated

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Navajo Nation 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. Vaccines are available every Sunday in February from noon to 3 p.m. at Shiprock High School.

A news 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.

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. The Navajo Department of Health announced on Feb. 22 that they are adjusting when they release new case reports from daily to weekdays only.

Updates for Monday, Feb. 28

9:31 p.m.: A three-day counting period ending Feb. 28 revealed 680 new COVID-19 cases, just over 226 per day, New Mexico Department of Health reported Monday in a news release. 

The statewide seven-day COVID-19 test positivity rate dropped to 7.8% on Monday.

The state on Monday also reported 17 more pandemic-related deaths between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, including a man in his 70s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized.

“The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 6,919,” the news release said.

The release noted that it has changed its findings on a death reported on Feb. 14. After further investigation the state found that the death of a man in his 70s in Chavez County was not due to COVID-19.

There were 228 people hospitalized in New Mexico on Monday due to COVID-19 infections. 

San Juan County, which reported 69 new cases during the three-day counting period, has reported 40,139 cases and 718 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

“As of today, there are 463,188 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state, the most recent cases are:

• 261 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Catron County

• 2 new cases in Chaves County

• 13 new cases in Cibola County

• 2 new cases in Colfax County

• 6 new cases in Curry County

• 61 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 12 new cases in Eddy County

• 12 new cases in Grant County

• 3 new cases in Hidalgo County

•3 new cases in Lea County

• 7 new cases in Lincoln County

• 6 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 10 new cases in Luna County

• 31 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 18 new cases in Otero County

• 8 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 1 new case in Roosevelt County

• 44 new cases in Sandoval County

• 69 new cases in San Juan County

• 9 new cases in San Miguel County

• 62 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 4 new cases in Sierra County

• 7 new cases in Socorro County

• 6 new cases in Taos County

• 4 new cases in Torrance County

• 17 new cases in Valencia County

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

• 87120 - 36

• 87114 - 33

• 87121 - 31

• 87111 - 26

• 87401 - 26

• 87109 - 22

• 87505 - 22

• 87105 - 18

• 87123 - 16

• 87144 - 16

New Mexico’s total of 511,434 COVID-19 cases are listed below by location:

• Bernalillo County: 144,684

• Catron County: 403

• Chaves County: 21,233

• Cibola County: 6,813

• Colfax County: 2,377

• Curry County: 12,462

• De Baca County: 566

• Doña Ana County: 62,181

• Eddy County: 16,930

• Grant County: 6,510

• Guadalupe County: 1,086

• Harding County: 75

• Hidalgo County: 1,071

• Lea County: 19,068

• Lincoln County: 5,136

• Los Alamos County: 2,641

• Luna County: 6,653

• McKinley County: 25,426

• Mora County: 744

• Otero County: 13,185

• Quay County: 1,969

• Rio Arriba County: 9,626

• Roosevelt County: 4,951

• Sandoval County: 32,898

• San Juan County: 40,139

• San Miguel County: 5,658

• Santa Fe County: 27,652

• Sierra County: 2,010

• Socorro County: 3,764

• Taos County: 5,238

• Torrance County: 2,656

• Union County: 773

• Valencia County: 18,284

9:30 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report today 64 new cases of COVID-19. The cases were from Feb. 26 through Feb. 28.

They also report that one more person has died from virus complications.

The total number of cases is 52,431. This number includes delayed reporting for 70 cases. The death toll is now 1,648.

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: 10,008
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,109
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,342
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,781
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,961
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,717
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,688
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,803

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

There are 50,502 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 495,129 tests have been conducted.

The Department of Health placed 31 communities on the weekly health advisory notice for COVID-19 transmission rates, based on cases from Feb. 11 to Feb. 24.

• Communities in New Mexico:

Baca-Prewitt, Breadsprings, Casamero Lake, Church Rock, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Naschitti, Newcomb, Pueblo Pintado, Rock Springs, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Smith Lake, Thoreau, Tohatchi, Twin Lakes and Two Grey Hills.

• Communities in Arizona and Utah:

Aneth, Chilchinbeto, Chinle, Ganado, Kayenta, Low Mountain, Many Farms, Piñon, Rock Point, Rough Rock, Tachee-Blue Gap, Teec Nos Pos, Tsaile-Wheatfields and Whippoorwill.

Updates for Friday, Feb. 25

The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 27 new COVID-19 cases Friday on the Navajo Nation and one recent death.

"The total number of deaths is 1,647. The report indicates that 50,312 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 494,214 COVID-19 tests have been administered," a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President stated. "The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 52,297."

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

• Chinle Service Unit: 9,984

• Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,093

• Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,332

• Gallup Service Unit: 8,760

• Kayenta Service Unit: 4,933

•  Shiprock Service Unit: 9,690

•  Tuba City Service Unit: 5,681

•  Winslow Service Unit: 2,802

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

On Friday, the state of Arizona reported 1,773 new cases, the state of Utah reported 425 new cases, and New Mexico reported 453 cases, the release said. 

“We are seeing a gradual decline in the numbers of new cases each week, but we have to remain diligent and keep taking precautions to lessen the spread of COVID-19 in our homes and communities," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. "Wearing two masks in public places and getting fully vaccinated and boosted are the best defense against this virus. Please be very cautious, encourage your elders to take precautions, and continue to pray,”

5:06 p.m.: State health officials reported 453 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico on Friday and 30 more deaths. 

New Mexico has recorded 510,783 cases since the pandemic began and 6,903 pandemic-related deaths, according to a news release issued Friday.

San Juan County, which reported 37 new cases on Friday, has seen 40,074 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 717 deaths.

There were 304 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on Friday, the release said.

The state’s 7-day test positivity rate dropped to 8.1% from Thursday’s 8.7%, and reflects a big decline from the positivity rate on Feb. 1, which was 26.8%

“As of today, there are 448,320 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington noted the overall decline in cases when it canceled emergency standards of care adopted in November of 2021 on Thursday and loosened some rules in its visitor policies on Friday.

Among the deaths reported Friday was a woman in her 70s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions, the news release said.

The state listed the most recent cases:

● 143 new cases in Bernalillo County 

● 1 new case in Catron County 

● 18 new cases in Chaves County 

● 6 new cases in Cibola County 

● 5 new cases in Colfax County 

● 10 new cases in Curry County 

● 25 new cases in Doña Ana County 

● 9 new cases in Eddy County 

● 10 new cases in Grant County 

● 3 new cases in Hidalgo County 

● 9 new cases in Lea County 

● 2 new cases in Lincoln County 

● 9 new cases in Los Alamos County 

● 7 new cases in Luna County 

● 34 new cases in McKinley County 

● 1 new case in Mora County 

● 11 new cases in Otero County 

● 1 new case in Quay County 

● 9 new cases in Rio Arriba County 

● 10 new cases in Roosevelt County 

● 38 new cases in Sandoval County 

● 37 new cases in San Juan County 

● 4 new cases in San Miguel County 

● 19 new cases in Santa Fe County 

● 1 new case in Socorro County 

● 3 new cases in Taos County 

● 1 new case in Torrance County 

● 5 new cases in Union County 

● 21 new cases in Valencia County 

● 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Roswell Correctional Center 

The top 10 New Mexico ZIP Codes with the most COVID-19 cases on Friday were:

● 87121 - 19 

● 87111 - 17 

● 87105 - 15 

● 87124 - 15 

● 87144 - 14 

● 87031 - 13 

● 87107 - 13 

● 87114 - 13 

● 87401 - 12 

● 87109 - 11 

New Mexico has a total of 510,783 COVID-19 cases:

● Bernalillo County: 144,430 

● Catron County: 402 

● Chaves County: 21,232 

● Cibola County: 6,800 

● Colfax County: 2,376 

● Curry County: 12,456 

● De Baca County: 566 

● Doña Ana County: 62,126 

● Eddy County: 16,920 

● Grant County: 6,499 

● Guadalupe County: 1,086 

● Harding County: 75 

● Hidalgo County: 1,068 

● Lea County: 19,066 

● Lincoln County: 5,129 

● Los Alamos County: 2,635 

● Luna County: 6,642 

● McKinley County: 25,396 

● Mora County: 743 

● Otero County: 13,168 

● Quay County: 1,969 

● Rio Arriba County: 9,618 

● Roosevelt County: 4,950 

● Sandoval County: 32,856 

● San Juan County: 40,074 

● San Miguel County: 5,649 

●Santa Fe County: 27,593 

● Sierra County: 2,006 

● Socorro County: 3,757 

● Taos County: 5,232 

● Torrance County: 2,652 

● Union County: 773 

● Valencia County: 18,267

Updates for Thursday, Feb. 24

5:27 p.m.: Case numbers took a slight upward bump Thursday when New Mexico health officials reported 628 new COVID-19 cases.

The state’s seven-day test positivity rate, which began the month at 26.8%, dropped almost a point to 8.7% on Thursday.

There were 544 new cases reported Wednesday and 398 new cases on Tuesday.

The state’s news release also reported 22 more pandemic-related deaths, including a man in his 60s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions, and man less than 20 from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported 510,330 cases since the pandemic began and 6,873 deaths.

San Juan County reported 62 new cases on Thursday, 30 of them in the Farmington area’s 87401 Zip Code. The county has recorded 40,037 cases since the pandemic began and 716 deaths.

On Thursday there were 339 people who were hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections. 

“As of today, there are 444,230 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state listed the most recent cases:

• 165 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 10 new cases in Chaves County

• 9 new cases in Cibola County

• 3 new cases in Colfax County

• 8 new cases in Curry County

• 90 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 8 new cases in Eddy County

• 8 new cases in Grant County

• 8 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Harding County

• 4 new cases in Lea County

• 7 new cases in Lincoln County

• 16 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 12 new cases in Luna County

• 30 new cases in McKinley County

• 11 new cases in Otero County

• 2 new cases in Quay County

• 22 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 1 new case in Roosevelt County

• 54 new cases in Sandoval County

• 62 new cases in San Juan County

• 21 new cases in San Miguel County

• 41 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Sierra County

• 5 new cases in Taos County

• 6 new cases in Torrance County

• 21 new cases in Valencia County

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

• 87401 - 30

• 87124 - 25

• 87121 - 24

• 87114 - 20

• 87120 - 16

• 88005 - 16

• 87144 - 14

• 87505 - 14

• 87002 - 12

• 87111 – 12

New Mexico has now had a total of 510,330 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 144,286

• Catron County: 401

• Chaves County: 21,213

• Cibola County: 6,794

• Colfax County: 2,371

• Curry County: 12,446

• De Baca County: 566

• Doña Ana County: 62,101

• Eddy County: 16,911

• Grant County: 6,489

• Guadalupe County: 1,086

• Harding County: 75

• Hidalgo County: 1,065

• Lea County: 19,057

• Lincoln County: 5,128

• Los Alamos County: 2,626

• Luna County: 6,635

• McKinley County: 25,362

• Mora County: 742

• Otero County: 13,156

• Quay County: 1,968

• Rio Arriba County: 9,612

• Roosevelt County: 4,940

• Sandoval County: 32,818

• San Juan County: 40,037

• San Miguel County: 5,645

• Santa Fe County: 27,573

• Sierra County: 2,006

• Socorro County: 3,756

• Taos County: 5,229

• Torrance County: 2,651

• Union County: 768

• Valencia County: 18,246

5:25 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center report 48 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation.

There were no recent virus-related deaths in today's report. This keeps the death toll at 1,646.

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, there have been 52,270. This tally includes delayed reporting for four cases.

There are 50,216 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 493,571 tests have been conducted.

Health officials have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,980
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,082
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,331
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,754
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,932
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,686
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,681
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,802

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

Updates for Wednesday, Feb. 23

5:03 p.m.: There were 544 new COVID-19 cases reported by the New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday. 

The state’s news release also reported 30 more deaths connected to COVID-19 infections, including that of a man in his 70s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions.

The state’s seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive over a set period of days, was 9.5%  on Wednesday, down from 10.4% on Tuesday. 

San Juan County’s test positivity rate for the period between Feb. 8 and Feb. 21 was 19.75%, according to the state health department website.

There were 350 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals on Wednesday due to COVID-19 infections. 

The state’s case count since the start of the pandemic rose to 509,710 on Wednesday. There have been 6,851 deaths in New Mexico linked to the pandemic.

San Juan County, which reported 37 new cases on Wednesday, has seen 39,976 COVID 19 cases since the pandemic began and 715 deaths.

“As of today, there are 440,894 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state listed the most recent cases:

• 175 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 5 new cases in Chaves County

• 13 new cases in Cibola County

• 7 new cases in Colfax County

• 18 new cases in Curry County

• 44 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 11 new cases in Eddy County

• 21 new cases in Grant County

• 4 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 7 new cases in Lea County

• 10 new cases in Lincoln County

• 2 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 7 new cases in Luna County

• 13 new cases in McKinley County

• 12 new cases in Otero County

• 2 new cases in Quay County

• 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 4 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 45 new cases in Sandoval County

• 37 new cases in San Juan County

• 11 new cases in San Miguel County

• 36 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Sierra County

• 6 new cases in Socorro County

• 9 new cases in Taos County

• 1 new case in Torrance County

• 2 new cases in Union County

• 30 new cases in Valencia County

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

• 2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility

• 1 new case 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 Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County

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

• 87114 - 25

• 87121 - 25

• 87124 - 20

• 87401 - 19

• 87031 - 18

• 88101 - 18

• 87120 - 17

• 87111 - 16

• 87144 - 14

• 87505 - 14

Below is a list of New Mexico’s 509,710 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 144,122

• Catron County: 401

• Chaves County: 21,204

• Cibola County: 6,784

• Colfax County: 2,368

• Curry County: 12,438

• De Baca County: 566

• Doña Ana County: 62,015

• Eddy County: 16,903

• Grant County: 6,481

• Guadalupe County: 1,078

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,065

• Lea County: 19,053

• Lincoln County: 5,121

• Los Alamos County: 2,610

• Luna County: 6,623

• McKinley County: 25,332

• Mora County: 742

• Otero County: 13,145

• Quay County: 1,966

• Rio Arriba County: 9,618

• Roosevelt County: 4,940

• Sandoval County: 32,764

• San Juan County: 39,976

• San Miguel County: 5,623

• Santa Fe County: 27,505

• Sierra County: 2,003

• Socorro County: 3,756

• Taos County: 5,224

• Torrance County: 2,645

• Union County: 768

• Valencia County: 18,226

The state reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

• Cibola County Correctional Center: 539

• Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 614

• Otero County Processing Center: 917

• Torrance County Detention Facility: 417

The state also reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

• Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 486

• Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 328

• Lea County Correctional Facility: 933

• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 221

• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 187

• Otero County Prison Facility: 589

• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 275

• Roswell Correctional Center: 368

• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 313

• Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 271

• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 113

5 p.m.: Today's report by health officials for the Navajo Nation lists 20 new COVID-19 cases and three cases from an unspecified time.

The latest amounts increase the total number of cases to 52,218 for the tribe.

Two more individuals have died because of complications of COVID-19, according to the report. There have been 1,646 people who have died since the pandemic started in March 2020.

The number of individuals who are considered recovered from the virus is 50,191 while a total of 492,776 tests have been conducted.

"The Navajo Nation's face mask mandate remains in effect in all public places within the Navajo Nation, in accordance with Public Health Emergency Order No. 2020-007. The mask mandate applies to all schools located within the Navajo Nation," the update states.

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 March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,962
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,074
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,330
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,744
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,929
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,677
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,680
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,800

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

Updates for Tuesday, Feb. 22

8:12 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health is reporting that 158 new COVID-19 cases were identified between Feb. 19 through Feb. 22.

According to today's report, there were three recent virus-related deaths. This raises the death toll to 1,644.

The total number of cases is 52,195. This number includes delayed reporting for 14 cases.

The department announced they are adjusting when they release new case reports from daily to weekdays only.

The department also issued a health advisory notice for 52 communities, based on the number of new infections from Feb. 4 to Feb. 17.

• New Mexico communities under advisory:

Baca-Prewitt, Beclabito, Breadsprings, Casamero Lake, Chichiltah, Church Rock, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Crystal, Manuelito, Nageezi, Nahodishgish, Naschitti, Newcomb, Pinedale, Pueblo Pintado, Ramah, Rock Springs, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Smith Lake, Thoreau, Tohatchi, Torreon, Tsayatoh, Twin Lakes, Two Grey Hills and Upper Fruitland.

• Communities in Arizona or in Utah under advisory:

Aneth, Chilchinbeto, Chinle, Dennehotso, Ganado, Kayenta, Low Mountain, Lukachukai, Many Farms, Nazlini, Piñon, Red Valley, Rock Point, Rough Rock, Round Rock, Shonto, Sweetwater, Tachee-Blue Gap, Teec Nos Pos, Teeesto, Tsaile-Wheatfields, Tselani-Cottonwood, Tuba City and Whippoorwill.

The department, along with 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: 9,954
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,071
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,328
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,743
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,924
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,673
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,680
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,800

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

There are 50,098 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 491,537 tests have been conducted.

5:22 p.m.: COVID-19 case numbers in New Mexico and in San Juan County continued to decrease Tuesday, but the state Department of Health’s daily update also brought news of two more pandemic-related deaths among San Juan County residents.

State health officials on Tuesday reported 398 new COVID-19 cases and 27 more deaths, 19 of them recent and the rest having happened more than 30 days ago.

The seven-day test positivity rate dropped incrementally to 10.4% Tuesday from Monday’s 10.6% a big improvement overall from the 26.8 percent recorded on Feb. 1. 

Hospitalizations rose slightly on Tuesday but have been staying well below the 500-to 600-patient ranges seen often in January and February. There were 351 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections, 29 more than on Monday. 

“As of today, there are 436,807 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

Statewide there have been 509,178 cases reported across New Mexico since the pandemic began and 6,821 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which added 26 new cases on Tuesday, has seen 39,940 cases since the pandemic began and 714 deaths.

Among the 27 deaths reported Tuesday were these unidentified San Juan County residents: 

• A woman in her 70s who had been hospitalized.

• A man in his 40s.

The most recent cases are:

• 139 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Chaves County

• 6 new cases in Cibola County

• 2 new cases in Colfax County

• 6 new cases in Curry County

• 21 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 8 new cases in Eddy County

• 5 new cases in Grant County

• 3 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 6 new cases in Lea County

• 5 new cases in Lincoln County

• 3 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 2 new cases in Luna County

• 28 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 5 new cases in Otero County

• 5 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 7 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 48 new cases in Sandoval County

• 26 new cases in San Juan County

• 8 new cases in San Miguel County

• 20 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Socorro County

• 1 new case in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 23 new cases in Valencia County

• 3 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 Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

Below is a list of New Mexico’s total of 509,178 COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic began:

• Bernalillo County: 143,949

• Catron County: 401

• Chaves County: 21,199

• Cibola County: 6,769

• Colfax County: 2,361

• Curry County: 12,420

• De Baca County: 566

• Doña Ana County: 61,976

• Eddy County: 16,892

• Grant County: 6,460

• Guadalupe County: 1,074

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,065

• Lea County: 19,046

• Lincoln County: 5,111

• Los Alamos County: 2,608

• Luna County: 6,616

• McKinley County: 25,319

• Mora County: 742

• Otero County: 13,133

• Quay County: 1,964

• Rio Arriba County: 9,638

• Roosevelt County: 4,936

• Sandoval County: 32,720

• San Juan County: 39,940

• San Miguel County: 5,611

• Santa Fe County: 27,449

• Sierra County: 2,000

• Socorro County: 3,750

• Taos County: 5,215

• Torrance County: 2,644

• Union County: 766

• Valencia County: 18,199

Updates for Monday, Feb. 21

7:12 p.m.: A three-day counting period ending Feb. 21 yielded 1,563 new COVID-19 cases across New Mexico, the state Department of Health reported on Monday in a news release. 

The department also announced 20 more pandemic-related deaths between Feb. 19 and Feb. 21, and announced without explanation that it would no longer share data from long-term care facilities.

The seven-day test positivity rate continued to drop over the weekend, coming in at 10.6%. That rate was just over 30% at the end of January, beginning February at 26.8%.

Among the 20 deaths reported Monday, one was that of a man in his 70s from San Juan County who the news release said had been hospitalized.

There have been 508,863 COVID-19 cases reported in New Mexico since the pandemic began and 6,794 deaths. 

“Upon further investigation one death reported on 2/15/2022 in Bernalillo County was not due to COVID-19, a female in her 80s, with no underlying conditions,” health officials noted in Monday’s release.

San Juan County, which reported 134 new cases during the three-day count, has recorded 39,916 cases since the pandemic started and 712 deaths. The Farmignton-area 97401 Zip Code led the state with 50 new cases concentrated in that area.

There were 322 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections, the release said. 

“As of today, there are 431,723 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the release said.

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

• 395 new cases in Bernalillo County 

• 2 new cases in Catron County 

• 20 new cases in Chaves County 

• 31 new cases in Cibola County 

• 7 new cases in Colfax County 

• 35 new cases in Curry County 

• 2 new cases in De Baca County 

• 209 new cases in Doña Ana County 

• 25 new cases in Eddy County 

• 20 new cases in Grant County 

• 32 new cases in Guadalupe County 

• 4 new cases in Hidalgo County 

• 19 new cases in Lea County 

• 13 new cases in Lincoln County 

• 22 new cases in Los Alamos County 

• 27 new cases in Luna County 

• 58 new cases in McKinley County 

• 3 new cases in Mora County 

• 33 new cases in Otero County 

• 3 new cases in Quay County 

• 24 new cases in Rio Arriba County 

• 5 new cases in Roosevelt County 

• 105 new cases in Sandoval County 

• 134 new cases in San Juan County 

• 33 new cases in San Miguel County 

• 111 new cases in Santa Fe County 

• 8 new cases in Sierra County 

• 12 new cases in Socorro County 

• 20 new cases in Taos County 

• 12 new cases in Torrance County 

• 8 new cases in Union County 

• 62 new cases in Valencia County 

• 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center 

• 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 Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County 

• 47 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility 

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

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

• 87401 - 50 

• 87124 - 47 

• 87121 - 46 

• 87507 - 45 

• 87031 - 43 

• 88081 - 38 

• 87120 - 35 

• 87144 - 35 

• 87114 - 34 

• 88101 - 34

Health officials listed New Mexico’s total of 508,863 COVID-19 cases by the locations where they were reported: 

• Bernalillo County: 143,815 

• Catron County: 401 

• Chaves County: 21,197 

• Cibola County: 6,767 

• Colfax County: 2,361 

• Curry County: 12,415 

• De Baca County: 566 

• Doña Ana County: 61,957 

• Eddy County: 16,884 

• Grant County: 6,456 

• Guadalupe County: 1,101 

• Harding County: 74 

• Hidalgo County: 1,065 

• Lea County: 19,049 

• Lincoln County: 5,106 

• Los Alamos County: 2,605 

• Luna County: 6,616 

• McKinley County: 25,291 

• Mora County: 741 

• Otero County: 13,132 

• Quay County: 1,964 

• Rio Arriba County: 9,651 

• Roosevelt County: 4,929 

• Sandoval County: 32,674 

• San Juan County: 39,916 

• San Miguel County: 5,604 

• Santa Fe County: 27,420 

• Sierra County: 2,000 

• Socorro County: 3,747 

• Taos County: 5,215 

• Torrance County: 2,643 

• Union County: 769 

• Valencia County: 18,183 

Updates for Friday, Feb. 18

7:14 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Public Health reported 977, new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

The state’s daily news release also reported 26 more deaths across the state, two of them in San Juan County.

The state has counted 507,323 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic and 6,775 deaths.

San Juan County has reported 39,781 cases, adding 57 new cases on Wednesday. It has recorded 711 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state’s 7-day test positivity rate dipped to 12.6% on Friday, continuing a steady decline.

The two local deaths reported by the state on Friday were:

• A hospitalized man in his 60s from Rio Arriba County who had underlying conditions. He was a resident of the Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomfield, the news release said.

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

On Friday there were 402 people who were hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections. 

“As of today, there are 414,621 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state has identified 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 Rehabilitation Center

• Bridge Of Farmington

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

The state listed the most recent cases below:

• 285 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 14 new cases in Chaves County

• 20 new cases in Cibola County

• 6 new cases in Colfax County

• 26 new cases in Curry County

• 176 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 25 new cases in Eddy County

• 26 new cases in Grant County

• 5 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 9 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 14 new cases in Lea County

• 10 new cases in Lincoln County

• 2 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 23 new cases in Luna County

• 30 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 13 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Quay County

• 21 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 6 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 58 new cases in Sandoval County

• 57 new cases in San Juan County

• 21 new cases in San Miguel County

• 52 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 4 new cases in Sierra County

• 7 new cases in Socorro County

• 18 new cases in Taos County

• 7 new cases in Torrance County

• 37 new cases in Valencia County

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

Below is a county-by-county list of where New Mexico’s 507,323 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic:

• Bernalillo County: 143,420

• Catron County: 399

• Chaves County: 21,179

• Cibola County: 6,738

• Colfax County: 2,356

• Curry County: 12,380

• De Baca County: 564

• Doña Ana County: 61,755

• Eddy County: 16,859

• Grant County: 6,436

• Guadalupe County: 1,069

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,061

• Lea County: 19,030

• Lincoln County: 5,093

• Los Alamos County: 2,583

• Luna County: 6,590

• McKinley County: 25,233

• Mora County: 737

• Otero County: 13,100

• Quay County: 1,961

• Rio Arriba County: 9,653

• Roosevelt County: 4,924

• Sandoval County: 32,569

• San Juan County: 39,781

• San Miguel County: 5,571

• Santa Fe County: 27,306

• Sierra County: 1,992

• Socorro County: 3,735

• Taos County: 5,195

• Torrance County: 2,617

• Union County: 761

• Valencia County: 18,122

6:49 p.m.: Today's update from health officials for the Navajo Nation lists 11 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths related to the virus.

"We are seeing a gradual decline in the numbers of new cases, but we have to remain diligent and keep taking precautions to lessen the spread of COVID-19 in our homes and communities," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

He added, "wearing two masks in public places and getting fully vaccinated are the best defense against this virus. Please be very cautious, encourage your elders to take precautions, and continue to pray."

The number of cases since the pandemic started is 52,023. This tally includes delayed reporting for four cases.

There have been 1,641 people who have died from virus complications.

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 March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,895
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,051
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,324
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,718
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,899
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,638
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,676
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,800

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

There are 49,818 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 489,977 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Thursday, Feb. 17

7:36 p.m.: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham abolished the state’s mask mandate for most indoor places just hours before state health officials on Thursday reported 999 new COVID-19 cases across New Mexico. 

The state’s 7-day statewide test positivity rate dropped almost a full percentage point to 13.3% on Thursday, continuing a string of daily incremental declines in the percentage of COVID-19 tests coming back positive for the virus.

The state also announced 17 more pandemic-related deaths, none in San Juan County, according to Thursday’s news release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

"The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 6,746," the news release said.

The state mask mandate for indoor public spaces covering all people over the age of 2 regardless of vaccine status was called off, but San Juan Regional Medical Center Thursday released a statement noting that congregate settings like hospitals still require masks to protect vulnerable patients.

“There are currently dozens of patients in our hospital battling COVID-19. Wearing masks is one thing we can all do to protect those patients and slow the spread of COVID-19, serious illness and even death,” said Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness Dr. Brad Greenberg of San Juan Regional Medical Center.

New Mexico has recorded 506,348 COVID-19 cases and 6,746 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

San Juan County has seen 39,724 cases and 710 deaths since the pandemic began.

The county added 98 new cases on Thursday.

There were 427 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections on Thursday. 

“As of today, there are 409,008 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state has identified 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 Rehabilitation Center 

•  Bridge Of Farmington 

•  Lifecare Farmington 

• San Juan Center

The state listed the most recent cases below:

• 304 new cases in Bernalillo County 

• 28 new cases in Chaves County 

• 17 new cases in Cibola County 

• 4 new cases in Colfax County 

• 23 new cases in Curry County 

• 4 new cases in De Baca County 

• 94 new cases in Doña Ana County 

• 25 new cases in Eddy County 

• 19 new cases in Grant County 

• 4 new cases in Guadalupe County 

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County 

• 13 new cases in Lea County 

• 2 new cases in Lincoln County 

• 12 new cases in Los Alamos County 

• 9 new cases in Luna County 

• 35 new cases in McKinley County 

• 5 new cases in Mora County 

• 16 new cases in Otero County 

• 2 new cases in Quay County 

• 25 new cases in Rio Arriba County 

• 5 new cases in Roosevelt County 

• 81 new cases in Sandoval County 

• 98 new cases in San Juan County 

• 28 new cases in San Miguel County 

• 58 new cases in Santa Fe County 

• 4 new cases in Sierra County 

• 5 new cases in Socorro County 

• 12 new cases in Taos County 

• 6 new cases in Torrance County 

• 4 new cases in Union County 

• 54 new cases in Valencia County 

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

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

• 87121 - 50 

• 87401 - 37 

• 87114 - 33 

• 87124 - 31 

• 87031 - 28 

• 88012 - 26 

• 87112 - 25 

• 87507 - 24 

• 87120 - 23 

• 88101 - 23 

New Mexico‘s a total of 506,348 COVID-19 cases are listed below by county:

• Bernalillo County: 143,135 

• Catron County: 399 

• Chaves County: 21,165 

• Cibola County: 6,717 

• Colfax County: 2,350 

• Curry County: 12,355 

• De Baca County: 564 

• Doña Ana County: 61,580 

• Eddy County: 16,834 

• Grant County: 6,410 

• Guadalupe County: 1,064 

• Harding County: 74 

• Hidalgo County: 1,051 

• Lea County: 19,016 

• Lincoln County: 5,083 

• Los Alamos County: 2,581 

• Luna County: 6,567 

• McKinley County: 25,203 

• Mora County: 736 

• Otero County: 13,087 

• Quay County: 1,958 

• Rio Arriba County: 9,632 

• Roosevelt County: 4,918 

• Sandoval County: 32,512 

• San Juan County: 39,724 

• San Miguel County: 5,550 

• Santa Fe County: 27,254 

• Sierra County: 1,988 

• Socorro County: 3,728 

• Taos County: 5,177 

• Torrance County: 2,610 

• Union County: 761 

• Valencia County: 18,086 

6:28 p.m.: People are still required to wear face masks in public while on the Navajo Nation, tribal President Jonathan Nez announced today.

His announcement was in response to news that the state of New Mexico lifted its mask mandate today.

"Keep wearing your masks in public and get fully vaccinated for COVID-19," he said in a statement. "Our frontline warriors are fighting this invisible monster every day in our health care facilities. We must do everything we can to fight for them by taking precautions that reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please take extra precautions in public and keep pushing back together on this virus."

The Navajo Department of Health issued its public health emergency order on April 17, 2020 that made masks mandatory. The decision was made to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

Also, the Department of Health and partnering agencies reported 83 new COVID-19 cases and two more virus-related deaths today.

There have been 52,008 cases since the pandemic started. This tally includes delayed reporting for two cases. The death toll increased to 1,639 today.

The number of individuals who are considered recovered from the virus is 49,686. A total of 488,977 tests have been conducted.

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: 9,895
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,044
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,324
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,718
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,897
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,632
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,676
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,800

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

Updates for Wednesday, Feb. 16

The New Mexico Department of Public Health reported 1,083 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

The state’s daily news release also reported 18 more deaths across the state, none of them in San Juan County.

The state has counted 505,359 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic and 6,729 deaths.

San Juan County has reported 39,627 cases, adding 105 new cases on Wednesday. It has recorded 710 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state’s 7-day test positivity rate dipped to 14.1%, continuing a steady and incremental decline. That rate was 17.9% on Feb. 11 and 14.8% on Feb. 15.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, there were 446 people who were hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections. There were 460 people hospitalized on Tuesday and 403 on Monday.

"As of today, there are 405,383 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health," the news release said.

The Department of Health 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:

• Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

• Bridge Of Farmington

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

The state Department of Health listed the most recent cases:

• 308 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 16 new cases in Chaves County

• 29 new cases in Cibola County

• 6 new cases in Colfax County

• 21 new cases in Curry County

• 122 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 24 new cases in Eddy County

• 29 new cases in Grant County

• 5 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 5 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 15 new cases in Lea County

• 13 new cases in Lincoln County

• 10 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 27 new cases in Luna County

• 50 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 32 new cases in Otero County

• 2 new cases in Quay County

• 19 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 10 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 90 new cases in Sandoval County

• 105 new cases in San Juan County

• 18 new cases in San Miguel County

• 41 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Sierra County

• 8 new cases in Socorro County

• 11 new cases in Taos County

• 7 new cases in Torrance County

• 2 new cases in Union County

• 43 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

• 3 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 Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

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

• 87121 - 47

• 88001 - 43

• 87124 - 38

• 87120 - 36

• 87401 - 35

• 87114 - 34

• 87105 - 28

• 87112 - 28

• 87144 - 27

• 88030 - 23

Below is a county-by-county list of where New Mexico’s 505,359 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic:

• Bernalillo County: 142,834

• Catron County: 399

• Chaves County: 21,138

• Cibola County: 6,701

• Colfax County: 2,346

• Curry County: 12,332

• De Baca County: 560

• Doña Ana County: 61,486

• Eddy County: 16,808

• Grant County: 6,391

• Guadalupe County: 1,060

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,049

• Lea County: 19,004

• Lincoln County: 5,081

• Los Alamos County: 2,569

• Luna County: 6,558

• McKinley County: 25,168

• Mora County: 731

• Otero County: 13,072

• Quay County: 1,956

• Rio Arriba County: 9,607

• Roosevelt County: 4,914

• Sandoval County: 32,431

• San Juan County: 39,627

• San Miguel County: 5,522

• Santa Fe County: 27,196

• Sierra County: 1,984

• Socorro County: 3,723

• Taos County: 5,165

• Torrance County: 2,604

• Union County: 757

• Valencia County: 18,033        

6:30 p.m.: There are 70 new cases of COVID-19 and one more virus-related death for the Navajo Nation today.

The report included eight cases from an unspecified time but now known to health officials.

According to tribal President Jonathan Nez, the Navajo Department of Health is coordinating with the 110 chapters for distribution of KN95 masks.

"Our administration worked with FEMA and the White House to secure additional masks for our people to help keep all of us safe through this pandemic," Nez said. "Masks are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19, but we also urge our people to get fully vaccinated and that includes getting a booster shot. Please be very cautious in public places and please do not hold large family gatherings, where people tend to let their guard down. We have to continue to push back on COVID-19 and continue reducing our numbers of new infections."

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, there have been 51,923 cases and 1,637 people have died because of the complications connect to COVID-19.

There are 49,644 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 488,617 tests have been conducted.

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: 9,873
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,039
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,322
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,704
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,888
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,604
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,672
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,799

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

Updates for Tuesday, Feb. 15

5:30 p.m.: The number of new COVID-19 infections on the Navajo Nation continues to decline. Today, health officials for the tribe report 29 new cases.

The update includes 44 cases that were identified at an unspecified time but recently reported to officials.

These numbers increase the case tally to 51,845.

"We are seeing a flattening of the curve in terms of new COVID-19 infections here on the Navajo Nation, but we have to keep our guard up and keep pushing back on the virus," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. "Continue to wear masks in public, practice social distancing, get fully vaccinated and stay home as much as possible."

There were no additional deaths in the update. The death toll remains at 1,636.

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 in March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,841
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,034
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,318
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,686
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,880
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,595
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,670
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,799

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

There are 49,593 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 487,804 tests have been conducted.

5:24 p.m.: Tuesday’s statewide COVID-19 report brought a plunge in new case numbers and a lowered 7-day average test positivity rate as hospitalization numbers continued to stay well below 500 patients despite a slight increase since Monday.

Officials on Tuesday announced 710 new COVID-19 infections were reported across New Mexico and the 7-day test positivity rate was 14.8%. That rate was 17.9% on Feb. 11 and 15.7% on Feb. 14.

Under new 14-day averages for San Juan County health officials counted between Feb, 1 and Feb, 14  113 cases per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 26.52%

The number of deaths due to the pandemic, however, have remained fairly steady, with Tuesday’s Department of Health news release announcing 27 more deaths. Among those was an unidentified man in his 60s from San Juan County who, the news release said, had underlying conditions. On Monday the state reported 26 more pandemic-related deaths.

The state’s case count since the start of the pandemic reached 504,287 Tuesday, and there have been 6,711 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which has recorded 39,522 cases and 710 deaths since the pandemic began, added 35 new cases Tuesday.

There were 460 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals on Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections. There were 403 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Monday.

“As of today, there are 401,488 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:

• Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

• Bridge Of Farmington

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

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

• 252 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 32 new cases in Chaves County

• 5 new cases in Cibola County

• 4 new cases in Colfax County

• 11 new cases in Curry County

• 2 new cases in De Baca County

• 33 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 11 new cases in Eddy County

• 20 new cases in Grant County

• 4 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Hidalgo County

• 10 new cases in Lea County

• 2 new cases in Lincoln County

• 8 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 4 new cases in Luna County

• 30 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 6 new cases in Otero County

• 1 new case in Quay County

• 14 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 13 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 82 new cases in Sandoval County

• 35 new cases in San Juan County

• 13 new cases in San Miguel County

• 37 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 8 new cases in Sierra County

• 1 new case in Socorro County

• 13 new cases in Taos County

• 2 new cases in Torrance County

• 4 new cases in Union County

• 37 new cases in Valencia County

These cases were also reported:

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

• 3 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 Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

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

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

Below is a list of where New Mexico’s total of 504,287 COVID-19 cases recorded since the pandemic began were reported:

• Bernalillo County: 142,528 

• Catron County: 397 

• Chaves County: 21,122 

• Cibola County: 6,672 

• Colfax County: 2,344 

• Curry County: 12,311 

• De Baca County: 560 

• Doña Ana County: 61,365 

• Eddy County: 16,784 

• Grant County: 6,362 

• Guadalupe County: 1,055 

• Harding County: 74 

• Hidalgo County: 1,044 

• Lea County: 18,989 

• Lincoln County: 5,068 

• Los Alamos County: 2,559 

• Luna County: 6,531 

• McKinley County: 25,118 

• Mora County: 730 

• Otero County: 13,040 

• Quay County: 1,954 

• Rio Arriba County: 9,588 

• Roosevelt County: 4,904 

• Sandoval County: 32,341 

• San Juan County: 39,522 

• San Miguel County: 5,506 

• Santa Fe County: 27,157 

• Sierra County: 1,982 

• Socorro County: 3,715 

• Taos County: 5,154 

• Torrance County: 2,597 

• Union County: 755 

• Valencia County: 17,990 

Updates for Monday, Feb. 14

11:38 p.m.: New Mexico health officials counted just over 1,000 cases per day on average during its recent three-day counting period, a substantial drop compared to last month. Hospitalization rates also declined  to mirror levels seen last in November of 2021.

The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday reported 3,245 new COVID-19 cases were tallied between Feb. 12 and Feb. 14 along with 26 more pandemic-related deaths.

There were 403 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Monday due to COVID-19 infections. 

The state’s overall caseload since the pandemic started rose to 503,623 by Monday. There have been 6,684 pandemic-related deaths in the state, a Department of Health News Release stated.

San Juan County, which added 338 new cases during the three-day period, has recorded 39,488 cases since the start of the pandemic and 709 deaths. Of the new cases, 117 were in the Farmington-area’s 87401 Zip Code, which was ranked third highest in the state for new cases of COVID-19 infections.

The state’s 7-day test positivity rate dropped from 17.9% on Feb. 11 to 15.7% on Feb. 14.

Among the 26 deaths reported Monday were two San Juan County residents:

• A man in his 50s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 90s from San Juan County.

“As of today, there are 396,313 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state has identified 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 Rehabilitation Center

• Bridge Of Farmington

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

The state listed most recent cases by county:

• 1103 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 75 new cases in Chaves County

• 68 new cases in Cibola County

• 13 new cases in Colfax County

• 55 new cases in Curry County

• 8 new cases in De Baca County

• 269 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 37 new cases in Eddy County

• 36 new cases in Grant County

• 11 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 4 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 33 new cases in Lea County

• 15 new cases in Lincoln County

• 42 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 46 new cases in Luna County

• 127 new cases in McKinley County

• 4 new cases in Mora County

• 79 new cases in Otero County

• 10 new cases in Quay County

• 46 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 8 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 280 new cases in Sandoval County

• 338 new cases in San Juan County

• 30 new cases in San Miguel County

• 154 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 16 new cases in Sierra County

• 14 new cases in Socorro County

• 14 new cases in Taos County

• 43 new cases in Torrance County

• 4 new cases in Union County

• 153 new cases in Valencia County

Cases were also reported in these correctional institutions:

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

• 15 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility

• 14 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 Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

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

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

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

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

• 13 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico 

Below is a county-by-county list of where New Mexico’s 503,623 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began:

• Bernalillo County: 142,279

• Catron County: 397

• Chaves County: 21,099

• Cibola County: 6,670

• Colfax County: 2,340

• Curry County: 12,300

• De Baca County: 558

• Doña Ana County: 61,333

• Eddy County: 16,773

• Grant County: 6,344

• Guadalupe County: 1,058

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,043

• Lea County: 18,981

• Lincoln County: 5,066

• Los Alamos County: 2,551

• Luna County: 6,527

• McKinley County: 25,089

• Mora County: 729

• Otero County: 13,037

• Quay County: 1,953

• Rio Arriba County: 9,577

• Roosevelt County: 4,891

• Sandoval County: 32,257

• San Juan County: 39,488

• San Miguel County: 5,493

• Santa Fe County: 27,119

• Sierra County: 1,974

• Socorro County: 3,714

• Taos County: 5,141

• Torrance County: 2,609

• Union County: 752

• Valencia County: 17,968

The state reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

• Cibola County Correctional Center: 538

• Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 606

• Otero County Processing Center: 897

• Torrance County Detention Facility: 401

The following numbers of COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department were reported by the state on Monday:

• Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 477

• Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 263

• Lea County Correctional Facility: 929

• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 221

• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 187

• Otero County Prison Facility: 589

• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 273

• Roswell Correctional Center: 368

• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 306

• Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 271

• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 113

6:45 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report 29 new COVID-19 cases today.

The total number of cases is now 51,772. This number includes delayed reporting for four cases.

There were no recent deaths related to the virus in the report. The death toll remains at 1,636.

There are 49,441 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 486,474 tests have been conducted.

The Navajo Department of Health released its weekly health advisory notice with 64 communities categorized as going through high COVID-19 transmission. The time period that the list is based on is Jan. 28 to Feb. 10.

• Communities in New Mexico

Baca-Prewitt, Beclabito, Breadsprings, Casamero Lake, Chichiltah, Church Rock, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Littlewater, Manuelito, Nageezi, Nahodishgish, Naschitti, Newcomb, Pinedale, Pueblo Pintado, Ramah, Rock Springs, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Smith Lake, Thoreau, Tóhajiilee, Tohatchi, Torreon, Tsayatoh, Twin Lakes, Two Grey Hills and Upper Fruitland.

• Communities in Arizona or Utah

Aneth, Black Mesa, Chilchinbeto, Chinle, Coppermine, Cove, Dennehotso, Ganado, Houck, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Leupp, Low Mountain, Lukachukai, Lupton, Many Farms, Nahata Dziil, Nazlini, Oak Springs, Piñon, Red Valley, Rock Point, Rough Rock, Round Rock, Shonto, St. Michaels, Sweetwater, Tachee-Blue Gap, Teec Nos Pos, Teesto, Tonalea, Tsaile-Wheatfields, Tselani-Cottonwood, Tuba City and Whippoorwill.

The Office of the President and Vice President will have its weekly town hall concerning COVID-19 at 10 a.m. on Feb. 15 on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

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: 9,826
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,028
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,308
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,680
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,872
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,573
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,664
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,799

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

Updates for Sunday, Feb. 13

8:16 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 49 new COVID-19 cases Sunday on the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths.

"The total number of deaths remains 1,636. The report indicates that 49,307 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 486,474 COVID-19 tests have been administered," a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President said. "The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 51,739, including eight delayed reported cases."

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

•       Chinle Service Unit: 9,817

•       Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,024

•       Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,308

•       Gallup Service Unit: 8,679

•       Kayenta Service Unit: 4,865

•       Shiprock Service Unit: 9,561

•       Tuba City Service Unit: 5,664

•       Winslow Service Unit: 2,799

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

Updates for Saturday, Feb. 12

7:28 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center report 70 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation.

Today's update includes three more deaths related to the virus. This increased the death toll to 1,636.

There have been 51,682 cases since the pandemic started in March 2020. This tally includes delayed reporting for 10 cases.

The three agencies have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,807
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,012
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,308
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,657
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,857
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,539
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,663
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,799

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

There are 48,967 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 486,474 tests have been conducted.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez visited the COVID-19 vaccination area in Crownpoint today, according to his office.

During his visit, the president commended frontline workers and showed support for community members who were receiving vaccinations. In addition, his office distributed PPEs.

"We appreciate all of our frontline warriors in Crownpoint and other areas across our nation who devote time on the weekends to administer the COVID-19 vaccines to our people," Nez said. "They are making great sacrifices to help save lives. We are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with them and offer our support. Please be safe on Super Bowl Sunday and take extra precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. We are in this together."

Updates for Friday, Feb. 11

The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 105 more COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation Friday and four new deaths.

The pandemic has claimed 1,633 lives on the tribal lands as of Friday.

"The report indicates that 48,964 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 486,474 COVID-19 tests have been administered," said a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President. "The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 51,602, including 22 delayed reported cases."

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

• Chinle Service Unit: 9,781

• Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,004

• Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,304

• Gallup Service Unit: 8,669

• Kayenta Service Unit: 4,846

• Shiprock Service Unit: 9,515

• Tuba City Service Unit: 5,662

• Winslow Service Unit: 2,799

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

7:07 p.m.: Hospitalization and case positivity numbers continued to decline on Friday as state health officials reported 1,127 additional COVID-19 cases in New Mexico. 

Officials also reported 29 more deaths related to COVID-19, none of them in San Juan County.

The state has seen 500,516 cases since the start of the pandemic and 6,658 deaths.

San Juan County added 95 new cases Friday, 40 of them in the 87401 Zip Code. Since the pandemic began the county has reported 39,156 cases and 707 pandemic-related deaths.

The statewide seven-day test positivity rate dipped to 17.9% Friday.

There were 498 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Friday due to COVID-19 infections, the release said. 

“There are 376,960 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:

• Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

• Bridge Of Farmington

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

The state listed, the most recent cases by county:

• 354 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 7 new cases in Chaves County

• 32 new cases in Cibola County

• 5 new cases in Colfax County

• 8 new cases in Curry County

• 1 new case in De Baca County

• 78 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 17 new cases in Eddy County

• 20 new cases in Grant County

• 8 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 11 new cases in Lea County

• 6 new cases in Lincoln County

• 13 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 16 new cases in Luna County

• 91 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 27 new cases in Otero County

• 2 new cases in Quay County

• 19 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 20 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 109 new cases in Sandoval County

• 95 new cases in San Juan County

• 12 new cases in San Miguel County

• 80 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Sierra County

• 6 new cases in Socorro County

• 17 new cases in Taos County

• 5 new cases in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 46 new cases in Valencia County

• 1 new case 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 Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

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

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

Below is a county-by-county list of where New Mexico’s total of 500,516 COVID-19 cases were reported:

• Bernalillo County: 141,211

• Catron County: 395

• Chaves County: 21,028

• Cibola County: 6,603

• Colfax County: 2,329

• Curry County: 12,247

• De Baca County: 550

• Doña Ana County: 61,101

• Eddy County: 16,738

• Grant County: 6,309

• Guadalupe County: 1,049

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,039

• Lea County: 18,950

• Lincoln County: 5,051

• Los Alamos County: 2,510

• Luna County: 6,483

• McKinley County: 24,966

• Mora County: 725

• Otero County: 12,955

• Quay County: 1,943

• Rio Arriba County: 9,561

• Roosevelt County: 4,883

• Sandoval County: 31,985

• San Juan County: 39,156

• San Miguel County: 5,463

• Santa Fe County: 26,964

• Sierra County: 1,958

• Socorro County: 3,701

• Taos County: 5,128

• Torrance County: 2,565

• Union County: 748

Updates for Thursday, Feb. 10

10:35 p.m.: The seven-day-statewide-average percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive continued to drop this week, reaching 18.7% as state health officials announced 1,837 new COVID-19 cases were reported in New Mexico on Thursday. 

The state is nearing 500,000 cases having been reported since the pandemic started, reaching 499,392 on Thursday. There have been 6,629 pandemic-related deaths, the New Mexico Department of Health said in a news release.

San Juan County, which added 129 new cases on Thursday, has seen 39,061 cases since the pandemic began and 707 deaths. Of the new cases reported Thursday 48 were in the Farmington-area 87401 Zip Code, ranking it eighth among the top 10 Zip Codes in New Mexico for the highest number of new COVID-19 infections.

The state announces 32 more deaths on Thursday, including four San Juan County residents:

• A woman in her 40s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 70s who had underlying conditions.

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

• A woman in her 90s who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There were 534 people hospitalized in New Mexico on Thursday due to COVID-19 infections. 

“As of today, there are 370,041 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release stated.

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 Of Farmington #2

• Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

• Bridge Of Farmington

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 581 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 7 new cases in Catron County

• 35 new cases in Chaves County

• 31 new cases in Cibola County

• 9 new cases in Colfax County

• 43 new cases in Curry County

• 3 new cases in De Baca County

• 239 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 31 new cases in Eddy County

• 42 new cases in Grant County

• 7 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 8 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 21 new cases in Lea County

• 19 new cases in Lincoln County

• 9 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 18 new cases in Luna County

• 50 new cases in McKinley County

• 5 new cases in Mora County

• 54 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Quay County

• 26 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 26 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 179 new cases in Sandoval County

• 129 new cases in San Juan County

• 33 new cases in San Miguel County

• 107 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 12 new cases in Sierra County

• 7 new cases in Socorro County

• 19 new cases in Taos County

• 11 new cases in Torrance County

• 2 new cases in Union County

• 70 new cases in Valencia County

• 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility 

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 499,392 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 140,857

• Catron County: 395

• Chaves County: 21,021

• Cibola County: 6,571

• Colfax County: 2,324

• Curry County: 12,239

• De Baca County: 549

• Doña Ana County: 61,025

• Eddy County: 16,721

• Grant County: 6,289

• Guadalupe County: 1,041

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,037

• Lea County: 18,939

• Lincoln County: 5,045

• Los Alamos County: 2,498

• Luna County: 6,467

• McKinley County: 24,874

• Mora County: 724

• Otero County: 12,928

• Quay County: 1,941

• Rio Arriba County: 9,543

• Roosevelt County: 4,863

• Sandoval County: 31,876

• San Juan County: 39,061

• San Miguel County: 5,451

• Santa Fe County: 26,884

• Sierra County: 1,955

• Socorro County: 3,695

• Taos County: 5,112

• Torrance County: 2,560

• Union County: 747

• Valencia County: 17,77

8:39 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and partnering health agencies are reporting today 78 new COVID-19 cases.

The number of cases since the pandemic started is 51,475. This number includes delayed reporting for 10 cases.

The death toll rose to 1,629 with today's report that three more people died because of complications from the virus.

There are 48,635 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 485,509 tests have been conducted.

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: 9,750
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,989
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,302
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,652
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,837
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,479
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,647
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,797

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

Updates for Wednesday, Feb. 9

9:40 p.m.: The statewide test positivity rate continued a slight decline on Wednesday to just under 20% as New Mexico’s state health department reported 1,844 new COVID-19 cases and 36 more deaths. 

The seven-day test positivity rate dropped to 19.8% Wednesday, lower than Tuesday’s 20.4% rate.

The state has recorded 497,570 cases since the pandemic began and 6,597 pandemic-related deaths, a New Mexico Department of Health news release said.

San Juan County has seen 38,934 cases and 703  deaths since the start of the Pandemic, and added 128 new cases on Wednesday.

Among the 36 deaths reported by the state on Wednesday were four San Juan County residents who state health officials did not identify:

• A man in his 70s who had underlying conditions.

• A second man in his 70s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

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

• A man in his 80s who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Genesis San Juan Center in Farmington.

There were 569 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Wednesday due to COVID-19 infections. 

“As of today, there are 366,955 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The state has identified 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 Of Farmington #2

• Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

• Bridge Of Farmington

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

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

• 475 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 37 new cases in Chaves County

• 21 new cases in Cibola County

• 15 new cases in Colfax County

• 32 new cases in Curry County

• 5 new cases in De Baca County

• 275 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 65 new cases in Eddy County

• 55 new cases in Grant County

• 6 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 7 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 38 new cases in Lea County

• 30 new cases in Lincoln County

• 12 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 12 new cases in Luna County

• 76 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 90 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Quay County

• 50 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 26 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 153 new cases in Sandoval County

• 128 new cases in San Juan County

• 27 new cases in San Miguel County

• 98 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 5 new cases in Sierra County

• 25 new cases in Socorro County

• 14 new cases in Taos County

• 5 new cases in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 55 new cases in Valencia County

• 1 new case 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 Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

Below is a county-by-county list of where New Mexico’s pandemic total of 497,570 COVID-19 cases were reported:

• Bernalillo County: 140,275

• Catron County: 387

• Chaves County: 20,986

• Cibola County: 6,541

• Colfax County: 2,315

• Curry County: 12,196

• De Baca County: 546

• Doña Ana County: 60,788

• Eddy County: 16,692

• Grant County: 6,247

• Guadalupe County: 1,034

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,029

• Lea County: 18,918

• Lincoln County: 5,026

• Los Alamos County: 2,489

• Luna County: 6,450

• McKinley County: 24,827

• Mora County: 719

• Otero County: 12,874

• Quay County: 1,938

• Rio Arriba County: 9,519

• Roosevelt County: 4,838

• Sandoval County: 31,697

• San Juan County: 38,934

• San Miguel County: 5,418

• Santa Fe County: 26,778

• Sierra County: 1,943

• Socorro County: 3,688

• Taos County: 5,094

• Torrance County: 2,549

• Union County: 745

• Valencia County: 17,703

6:28 p.m.: The Navajo Nation has 93 new COVID-19 cases and one more death related to the virus, according to today's report from health officials.

"Through surveillance of COVID-19 test samples, the Navajo Department of Health reported that 921 Omicron cases are now confirmed on the Navajo Nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update. "On the upside, our high rate of COVID-19 vaccinations has helped our health care system to maintain services and the vaccines continue to save many lives."

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: 9,724
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,976
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,299
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,644
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,821
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,461
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,645
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,795

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

Since the pandemic began, there have been 51,387 total cases. This figure includes delayed reporting for 15 cases.

The death toll rose to 1,626 today.

There are 48,562 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 484,234 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Tuesday, Feb. 8

Case numbers and the statewide test positivity rate continued to decline Tuesday across New Mexico as state health officials on Tuesday reported 1,412 new COVID-19 cases. 

Officials also announced there were six more deaths due to the pandemic, none of them in San Juan County, according to a New Mexico Department of Health news release.

The seven-day test positivity rate dropped to 20.4%, a slight decrease from Monday’s 20.7%.

Numbers for San Juan County between Jan. 25 and Feb. 7 released by the Department of Health online Tuesday show 188.50 cases per 100,000 people and a COVID-19-test-positivity rate of 32.21%. 

New Mexico has seen 495,769 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 6,561 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which added 102 new cases on Tuesday, has recorded 38,807 cases since the start of the pandemic and 699 deaths. Of those new cases, 40 were in the 87401 postal Zip Code, which ranked as having the fifth most new COVID-19 infections among all of the state’s Zip Codes.

There were 593 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections. 

“As of today, there are 364,098 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the news release said.

The New Mexico Department of Health didn’t receive figures  Tuesday on the number of COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities.

The state listed the most recent cases by county and by correctional institution:

• 324 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 11 new cases in Chaves County

• 15 new cases in Cibola County

• 9 new cases in Colfax County

• 31 new cases in Curry County

• 4 new cases in De Baca County

• 307 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 67 new cases in Eddy County

• 19 new cases in Grant County

• 3 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Harding County

• 1 new case in Hidalgo County

• 43 new cases in Lea County

• 5 new cases in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 23 new cases in Luna County

• 78 new cases in McKinley County

• 5 new cases in Mora County

• 49 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Quay County

• 19 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 40 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 101 new cases in Sandoval County

• 102 new cases in San Juan County

• 8 new cases in San Miguel County

• 51 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 5 new cases in Sierra County

• 26 new cases in Socorro County

• 15 new cases in Taos County

• 2 new cases in Torrance County

• 4 new cases in Union County

• 35 new cases in Valencia County

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

• 3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County

• 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

Below is a county-by-county list of where New Mexico’s total of 495,769 COVID-19 cases were reported:

• Bernalillo County: 139,809

• Catron County: 387

• Chaves County: 20,949

• Cibola County: 6,521

• Colfax County: 2,300

• Curry County: 12,164

• De Baca County: 541

• Doña Ana County: 60,520

• Eddy County: 16,628

• Grant County: 6,192

• Guadalupe County: 1,028

• Harding County: 74

• Hidalgo County: 1,022

• Lea County: 18,882

• Lincoln County: 4,996

• Los Alamos County: 2,479

• Luna County: 6,439

• McKinley County: 24,752

• Mora County: 718

• Otero County: 12,784

• Quay County: 1,935

• Rio Arriba County: 9,475

• Roosevelt County: 4,812

• Sandoval County: 31,551

• San Juan County: 38,807

• San Miguel County: 5,393

• Santa Fe County: 26,681

• Sierra County: 1,938

• Socorro County: 3,663

• Taos County: 5,081

• Torrance County: 2,544

• Union County: 744

• Valencia County: 17,649

8:02 p.m.: Health officials are reporting 33 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation today as well as 49 cases that were delayed.

The update states that two more people have died from COVID-19. This increases the death toll to 1,625.

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 in March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,695
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,973
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,288
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,625
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,812
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,433
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,639
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,792

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

The total number of cases is 51,279.

There are 48,470 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 482,215 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Monday, Feb. 7

9:41 p.m.: The latest three-day counting period of new COVID-19 infections reported between Feb. 5 and Feb. 7 yielded 4,688 new cases, New Mexico state health officials said Monday in a news release. 

The seven-day statewide test positivity rate has dropped steadily over the past week reaching 20.7% Monday.

The state has recorded 494,368 cases since the start of the pandemic and 6,555 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which reported 358 new cases during the three-day count, has seen 38,705 case since the pandemic began and 699 deaths, according to the New Mexico Department of Health website.

The Farmington-area 87401 Zip Code had 119 of those cases, dropping from the top position in the state yesterday to the seventh of the top 10 New Mexico counties with the most new COVID-19 infections.

Among the 20 COVID-19 deaths reported during the three-day count, three were San Juan County residents:

● A man in his 50s  who had been hospitalized. 

● A woman in her 70s who had underlying conditions. 

● A woman in her 90s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There were 565 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals Monday due to  COVID-19 infections.

“As of today, there are 361,015 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:

● Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center 

● Lifecare Farmington 

● San Juan Center

The state listed the most recent cases by county and by the following correctional institutions that reported cases:

● 1371 new cases in Bernalillo County 

● 1 new case in Catron County 

● 108 new cases in Chaves County 

● 52 new cases in Cibola County 

● 12 new cases in Colfax County 

● 94 new cases in Curry County 

● 3 new cases in De Baca County 

● 829 new cases in Doña Ana County 

● 92 new cases in Eddy County 

● 49 new cases in Grant County 

● 9 new cases in Guadalupe County 

● 1 new case in Harding County 

● 4 new cases in Hidalgo County 

● 87 new cases in Lea County 

● 17 new cases in Lincoln County 

● 23 new cases in Los Alamos County 

● 65 new cases in Luna County 

● 237 new cases in McKinley County 

● 9 new cases in Mora County 

● 208 new cases in Otero County 

●  8 new cases in Quay County 

● 104 new cases in Rio Arriba County 

● 45 new cases in Roosevelt County 

● 313 new cases in Sandoval County 

● 358 new cases in San Juan County 

● 52 new cases in San Miguel County 

● 230 new cases in Santa Fe County 

● 19 new cases in Sierra County 

● 23 new cases in Socorro County 

● 40 new cases in Taos County 

● 28 new cases in Torrance County 

● 7 new cases in Union County 

● 137 new cases in Valencia County 

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

● 13 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 Lea County Correctional Facility 

● 4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility 

● 9 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Roswell Correctional Center 

● 5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County 

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 494,368 COVID-19 cases:

● Bernalillo County: 139,486 

● Catron County: 387 

● Chaves County: 20,938 

● Cibola County: 6,505 

● Colfax County: 2,291 

● Curry County: 12,134 

● De Baca County: 537 

● Doña Ana County: 60,215 

● Eddy County: 16,561 

● Grant County: 6,173 

● Guadalupe County: 1,025 

● Harding County: 73 

● Hidalgo County: 1,021 

● Lea County: 18,839 

● Lincoln County: 4,991 

● Los Alamos County: 2,478 

● Luna County: 6,416 

● McKinley County: 24,675 

● Mora County: 713 

● Otero County: 12,737 

● Quay County: 1,932 

● Rio Arriba County: 9,457 

● Roosevelt County: 4,772 

● Sandoval County: 31,450 

●San Juan County: 38,705 

● San Miguel County: 5,385 

● Santa Fe County: 26,632 

● Sierra County: 1,933 

● Socorro County: 3,637 

●Taos County: 5,067 

● Torrance County: 2,542 

● Union County: 740 

● Valencia County: 17,615 

8 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center report 54 new COVID-19 cases and 12 cases that happened some unspecified time prior to the update today.

These numbers bring the case tally to 51,197 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

There were no virus-related deaths in the update. This keeps the death toll at 1,623.

The Department of Health issued a health advisory notice today for 83 communities because of COVID-19 transmission. The placements were based on cases from Jan. 21 to Feb. 3.

• New Mexico communities:

Baca-Prewitt, Beclabito, Breadsprings, Casamero Lake, Chichiltah, Church Rock, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Iyanbito, Lake Valley, Littlewater, Manuelito, Mariano Lake, Nageezi, Nahodishgish, Naschitti, Nenahnezad, Newcomb, Ojo Encino, Pinedale, Pueblo Pintado, Ramah, Rock Springs, Sanostee, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Smith Lake, Standing Rock, Thoreau, Tóhajiilee, Tohatchi, Tsayatoh, Twin Lakes, Two Grey Hills, Upper Fruitland and Whitehorse Lake.

• Arizona and Utah communities:

Aneth, Birdsprings, Black Mesa, Cameron, Chilchinbeto, Chinle, Coppermine, Cove, Dennehotso, Dilkon, Ganado, Hardrock, Houck, Indian Wells, Inscription House, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Klagetoh, Leupp, Low Mountain, Lukachukai, Lupton, Many Farms, Mexican Water, Nahata Dziil, Nazlini, Oak Springs, Oljato, Piñon, Red Lake, 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.

The three agencies have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,687
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,964
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,284
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,615
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,803
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,425
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,627
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,770

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

There are 48,243 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 482,100 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Sunday, Feb. 6

The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 136 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths due to the pandemic.

The total number of deaths remains 1,621, according to a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

The release said that 48,006 people have recovered from COVID-19 on the tribal lands and 479,876 COVID-19 tests were administered.

There have been 51,153 COVID-19 cases reported in the Navajo Nation since the start of the pandemic.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

• Chinle Service Unit: 9,645

• Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,926

• Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,281

• Gallup Service Unit: 8,570

• Kayenta Service Unit: 4,772

• Shiprock Service Unit: 9,396

• Tuba City Service Unit: 5,627

• Winslow Service Unit: 2,770

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

Updates for Saturday, Feb. 5

The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies on Saturday reported 134 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation and no new deaths.

"The total number remains at 1,621," said a release from the Office of the President and Vice President. "The report indicates that 47,721 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 479,876 COVID-19 tests have been administered."

The number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began reached 51,009, including 36 cases in which reporting was delayed.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

· Chinle Service Unit: 9,645

· Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,926

· Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,281

· Gallup Service Unit: 8,570

· Kayenta Service Unit: 4,772

· Shiprock Service Unit: 9,396

· Tuba City Service Unit: 5,627

· Winslow Service Unit: 2,770

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

Updates for Friday, Feb. 4

10:15 p.m.: Officials reported 2,104 new COVID-19 cases across New Mexico on Friday and 19 more deaths, according to the  New Mexico Department of Public Health’s news release.

Case numbers reported Friday dropped by about 1,000 compared to Thursday’s numbers and there were 81 fewer people hospitalized Friday statewide compared to Thursday.

The seven-day statewide test positivity rate declined by almost a point to 23.3% compared to the 24.2% rate reported Thursday.

There have been 489,701 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the pandemic began and 6,535 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which has seen 38,348 cases since the start of the pandemic and 697 pandemic-related deaths, added 238 new cases on Friday. The Farmington-area 87401 Zip Code again topped the state’s list of the top 10 counties with the most new COVID-19 infections with 115 cases.

Among the 19 deaths reported Friday was a woman in her 60s from San Juan County who the news release said had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There were 615 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on Friday.

“As of today, there are 350,084 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 in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

• San Juan Center 

• Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center 

• Lifecare Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 435 new cases in Bernalillo County 

• 85 new cases in Chaves County 

• 58 new cases in Cibola County 

• 4 new cases in Colfax County 

• 51 new cases in Curry County 

• 3 new cases in De Baca County 

• 419 new cases in Doña Ana County 

• 57 new cases in Eddy County 

• 53 new cases in Grant County 

• 5 new cases in Guadalupe County 

• 5 new cases in Hidalgo County 

• 18 new cases in Lea County 

• 10 new cases in Lincoln County 

• 8 new cases in Los Alamos County 

• 32 new cases in Luna County 

• 136 new cases in McKinley County 

• 3 new cases in Mora County 

• 42 new cases in Otero County 

• 6 new cases in Quay County 

• 19 new cases in Rio Arriba County 

• 27 new cases in Roosevelt County 

• 109 new cases in Sandoval County 

• 238 new cases in San Juan County 

• 13 new cases in San Miguel County 

• 114 new cases in Santa Fe County 

• 12 new cases in Sierra County 

• 7 new cases in Socorro County 

• 28 new cases in Taos County 

• 13 new cases in Torrance County 

• 1 new case in Union County 

• 48 new cases in Valencia County 

These correctional facilities also reported cases on Friday:

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

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

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

• 4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Roswell Correctional Center 

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

Below is a county-by-county list of where New Mexico’s total of 489,701 COVID-19 cases were reported since the start of the pandemic:

• Bernalillo County: 138,118 

• Catron County: 386 

• Chaves County: 20,831 

• Cibola County: 6,452 

• Colfax County: 2,279 

• Curry County: 12,040 

• De Baca County: 534 

• Doña Ana County: 59,424 

• Eddy County: 16,469 

• Grant County: 6,124 

• Guadalupe County: 1,016 

• Harding County: 72 

• Hidalgo County: 1,017 

• Lea County: 18,752 

• Lincoln County: 4,974 

• Los Alamos County: 2,456 

• Luna County: 6,352 

• McKinley County: 24,440 

• Mora County: 704 

• Otero County: 12,529 

• Quay County: 1,924 

• Rio Arriba County: 9,355 

• Roosevelt County: 4,727 

• Sandoval County: 31,138 

• San Juan County: 38,348 

• San Miguel County: 5,334 

• Santa Fe County: 26,399 

• Sierra County: 1,914 

• Socorro County: 3,613 

• Taos County: 5,027 

• Torrance County: 2,514 

• Union County: 733 

• Valencia County: 17,480 

7:53 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 159 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death related to the virus today.

"The COVID-19 vaccines are saving lives and preventing severe illness among our people who are fully vaccinated," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in today's update.

He added, "our health care facilities and frontline warriors are doing a great job making the vaccines widely available to our Navajo people. Our elders continue to lead us and set an example for the rest of our people with an 88% vaccination rate for those who are 65 years and older."

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, there have been 50,839 cases for the tribe. This number includes delayed reporting of 52 cases.

The death toll is now 1,621.

There are 47,415 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus while a total of 479,876 tests have been conducted.

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 March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,618
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,911
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,274
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,524
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,754
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,350
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,621
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,765

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

Updates on Thursday, Feb. 3

6:59 p.m.: Case numbers and hospitalizations continued to increase this week as the New Mexico Department of Public Health officials reported 3,157 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 25 more pandemic-related deaths. 

The state had reported  2,611 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 15 more deaths. On Tuesday there were 1,809 new cases and 19 more deaths.

The 7-day test positivity rate dropped slightly to 24.2% Thursday, the health department reported in a news release.

In San Juan County, numbers rereleased this week indicate that between Jan. 18 and Jan. 31 there were 258 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 34.70%.

On Thursday there were 696 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to for COVID-19 infections, 112 more than on Tuesday, when there were 584 patients under treatment.

The state has recorded 487,604 cases since he start of the pandemic, and 6,516 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which has seen 38,110 cases and 696 deaths, added 385 new cases on Thursday. 

Among the 25 deaths reported Thursday were three San Juan  County residents whose names were not disclosed:

• A woman in her 50s who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

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

• A second woman in her 80s who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.

The Farmington-area 87401 Zip Code remained atop the state’s list of counties with the highest number of new infections Thursday at 159 new cases.

“As of today, there are 347,535 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:

• Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 727 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 111 new cases in Chaves County

• 41 new cases in Cibola County

• 4 new cases in Colfax County

• 87 new cases in Curry County

• 3 new cases in De Baca County

• 436 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 124 new cases in Eddy County

• 49 new cases in Grant County

• 3 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 9 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 38 new cases in Lea County

• 42 new cases in Lincoln County

• 32 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 63 new cases in Luna County

• 160 new cases in McKinley County

• 4 new cases in Mora County

• 83 new cases in Otero County

• 11 new cases in Quay County

• 62 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 21 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 220 new cases in Sandoval County

• 385 new cases in San Juan County

• 39 new cases in San Miguel County

• 148 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 11 new cases in Sierra County

• 25 new cases in Socorro County

• 18 new cases in Taos County

• 13 new cases in Torrance County

• 3 new cases in Union County

• 79 new cases in Valencia County

There were also cases reported at the following correctional institutions:

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

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

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

• 11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

• 88 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Roswell Correctional Center

• Cibola County Correctional Center: 538

• Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 604

• Otero County Processing Center: 824

• Torrance County Detention Facility: 385

• Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 445

• Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 259

• Lea County Correctional Facility: 865

• Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 216

• Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 187

• Otero County Prison Facility: 584

• Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 260

• Roswell Correctional Center: 355

• Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 294

• Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 271

• Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 89

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of where New Mexico’s 487,604 COVID-19 cases have been reported:

• Bernalillo County: 137,682

• Catron County: 386

• Chaves County: 20,746

• Cibola County: 6,399

• Colfax County: 2,275

• Curry County: 11,989

• De Baca County: 530

• Doña Ana County: 59,012

• Eddy County: 16,412

• Grant County: 6,071

• Guadalupe County: 1,011

• Harding County: 72

• Hidalgo County: 1,012

• Lea County: 18,734

• Lincoln County: 4,964

• Los Alamos County: 2,448

• Luna County: 6,320

• McKinley County: 24,304

• Mora County: 701

• Otero County: 12,488

• Quay County: 1,918

• Rio Arriba County: 9,337

• Roosevelt County: 4,701

• Sandoval County: 31,029

• San Juan County: 38,110

• San Miguel County: 5,321

• Santa Fe County: 26,284

• Sierra County: 1,902

• Socorro County: 3,606

• Taos County: 4,999

• Torrance County: 2,501

• Union County: 732

• Valencia County: 17,432

6:42 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing its total to 50,628. The tally includes delayed reporting for 47 cases.

Another person has died of COVID-19, officials reported. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,620 people who have died.

However, there are 47,011 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus while a total of 478,967 tests have been conducted.

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 March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 9,567
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,877
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,269
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,497
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,740
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,299
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,604
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,753

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

5:07 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health has not yet released Thursday's COVID-19 statistics. We hope to provide them here later tonight.

Updates on Wednesday, Feb. 2

7:30 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health together with partnering health agencies report 232 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation.

They also reported 126 cases were from an unspecified date. The figures bring the total number of cases to 50,428.

One more person died because of complications from the virus. There have been 1,619 people who have died since the pandemic started in March 2020.

"Our best defense against the Omicron variant is to get fully vaccinated, which includes a booster shot," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update. "Based on the data across the country and here on the Navajo Nation, the vaccines are highly-effective in pushing back on COVID-19 symptoms and reducing the chances of being hospitalized if you do get the virus. We have to remain diligent, keep taking precautions, and continue to pray for our frontline warriors and all of our people."

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: 9,539
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,870
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,238
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,460
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,705
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,279
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,578
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,737

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

There are 46,856 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 477,992 tests have been conducted.

6:28 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health reported  2,611 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 15 more pandemic-related deaths, including a man in his 90s from San Juan County. 

On Tuesday health officials had reported 1,809 new cases and 19 more deaths.

The statewide 7-day test positivity rate continued to drop after a recent spike, declining about 5% from last week’s numbers to 25.4% on Thursday. That number means that about one in four people tested for the virus statewide are testing positive for COVID-19.

Numbers released by the state this week indicate that from Jan. 18 to Jan. 31 in San Juan County there were 258 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 34.70%.

The state has recorded 484,454 COVID-19 cases statewide since the start of the pandemic and 6,488 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which has recorded 37,726 cases since the pandemic began, added 248 new cases Wednesday – 85 of those in the 87401 Zip Code – and has seen 693 pandemic-related deaths. The 87401 Zip Code had the most cases Wednesday among all New Mexico Zip Codes.

There were 651 people hospitalized in New Mexico on Wednesday due to COVID-19 infections, a rise compared to the 584 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals on Tuesday. 

“As of today, there are 345,884 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 among residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

• Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

• Lifecare Farmington

• San Juan Center

The state listed the most recent case numbers by county:

• 597 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Catron County

• 69 new cases in Chaves County

• 41 new cases in Cibola County

• 9 new cases in Colfax County

• 52 new cases in Curry County

• 4 new cases in De Baca County

• 359 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 46 new cases in Eddy County

• 48 new cases in Grant County

• 19 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 13 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 90 new cases in Lea County

• 22 new cases in Lincoln County

• 19 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 19 new cases in Luna County

• 139 new cases in McKinley County

• 2 new cases in Mora County

• 50 new cases in Otero County

• 8 new cases in Quay County

• 96 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 26 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 201 new cases in Sandoval County

• 248 new cases in San Juan County

• 46 new cases in San Miguel County

• 184 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 14 new cases in Sierra County

• 30 new cases in Socorro County

• 23 new cases in Taos County

• 6 new cases in Torrance County

• 120 new cases in Valencia County

These facilities also had outbreaks: 

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

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

Updates on Tuesday, Feb. 1

8:17 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 118 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths related to the disease, according to today's report from health officials.

The total number of cases is 50,070. This number includes delayed reporting for 186 cases. The death toll rose to 1,618.

There are 46,621 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 475,918 tests have been conducted.

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: 9,447
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,851
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,224
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,405
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 4,661
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,162
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,565
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,733

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

The Department of Health on Monday issued a health advisory notice for 85 communities because of uncontrolled spread of COVID-19, based on cases from Jan. 14 to Jan. 27.

Communities in the Northern Agency in San Juan County are Beclabito, Hogback, Nenahnezad, Newcomb, Sanostee, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Two Grey Hills and Upper Fruitland.

• New Mexico

Baca-Prewitt, Breadsprings, Casamero Lake, Chichiltah, Church Rock, Counselor, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Iyanbito, Littlewater, Manuelito, Mariano Lake, Nageezi, Nahodishgish, Naschitti, Nazlini, Ojo Encino, Pinedale, Pueblo Pintado, Ramah, Rock Springs, Smith Lake, Standing Rock, Thoreau, Tóhajiilee, Tohatchi, Tsayatoh, Twin Lakes and Whitehorse Lake.

• Arizona and Utah:

Aneth, Birdsprings, Black Mesa, Cameron, Chilchinbeto, Chinle, Cove, Dennehotso, Dilkon, Forest Lake, Ganado, Hardrock, Houck, Indian Wells, Inscription House, Jeddito, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Klagetoh, Leupp, Low Mountain, Lukachukai, Lupton, Many Farms, Mexican Water, Navajo Mountain, Oak Springs, Oljato, Pion, 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, Whippoorwill and White Cone.

5:54 p.m.: State Department of Health officials reported 1,809 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico on Tuesday and 19 more deaths. 

The 7-day statewide test positivity rate dipped again Tuesday, reaching 26.8%. That number was 28.5% Monday. It was 30.1% on Friday.

In San Juan County numbers rereleased this week indicate from Jan. 18 to Jan. 31 there were 258 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 34.70%.

There have been 481,852 cases reported in New Mexico since the pandemic began and 6,473 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County, which reported 184 new cases on Tuesday, has recorded 37,478 cases since the pandemic began and 692 pandemic-related deaths.

Of the 19 deaths reported Tuesday, two were from San Juan County:

• A woman in her 50s  who was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.

• A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the San Juan Care and Rehabilitation in Farmington.

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

“As of today, there are 344,917 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:

• San Juan Center

• Lifecare Farmington

• Bloomfield Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

County-by-county statistics will be added later.