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Here are the latest coronavirus updates from San Juan County, Four Corners region

The Daily Times staff

New Mexico saw the highest number of cases since the pandemic began in July, prompting a delay of in-person learning at schools until September. The state is focusing on reducing spread and making it safe for children to return to school. 

The first case of the coronavirus documented in San Juan County was announced on March 21. By the end of July, nearly 3,000 San Juan County residents had tested positive for the virus and 20,600 New Mexicans had received positive test results.

In the first five months, COVID-19 claimed about 180 San Juan County lives.

New Mexicans are required to wear masks when in public spaces.

Updates from July can be found here and June updates can be accessed here. View updates from May here.

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: 928-871-7014
  • State coronavirus website: cv.nmhealth.org

Updates for Monday, Aug. 3

4 p.m.: New Mexico health officials reported 117 new cases of COVID-19, including one in San Juan County, two in McKinley County, two in Rio Arriba County and one in Sandoval County.

The state reported one new coronavirus-related fatality, a Doña Ana County resident.

A technical disruption of the electronic laboratory reporting system means the Aug. 3 data reflects only a partial total. 

The new cases bring the number of New Mexicans who have tested positive to 21,130 with 655 deaths, according to the press release from the governor's office.

Of the people who have tested positive for the virus, 8,463 have recovered. There are 131 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico.

Total cases by county include:

  • Bernalillo County: 4,879
  • Catron County: 4
  • Chaves County: 367
  • Cibola County: 340
  • Colfax County: 14
  • Curry County: 483
  • Doña Ana County: 2,240
  • Eddy County: 258
  • Grant County: 68
  • Guadalupe County: 31
  • Harding County: 1
  • Hidalgo County: 88
  • Lea County: 656
  • Lincoln County: 109
  • Los Alamos County: 20
  • Luna County: 235
  • McKinley County: 4,004
  • Mora County: 6
  • Otero County: 188
  • Quay County: 33
  • Rio Arriba County: 296
  • Roosevelt County: 142
  • Sandoval County: 1,096
  • San Juan County: 3,003
  • San Miguel County: 42
  • Santa Fe County: 597
  • Sierra County: 30
  • Socorro County: 73
  • Taos County: 99
  • Torrance County: 60
  • Union County: 27
  • Valencia County: 373

State health officials say the following number of people being held by federal agencies at the following facilities have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 282
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 279
  • Otero County Processing Center: 159
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 43

Additionally, the following number of inmates held by the New Mexico Corrections Department have tested positive at the following facilities: 

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 25
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 4
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 470
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 3

Updates for Sunday, Aug. 2

10:57 p.m.: On Sunday, the Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported that 35 new COVID-19-positive cases were identified on the Navajo Nation. One more death was also reported.

That brings the total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation to 9,103. The total number of deaths has reached 461 as of Sunday, the Office of the President and Vice President said in a press release Sunday night.

There have been 6,736 recoveries from the virus, and 81,665 people have been tested for COVID-19, the release stated. 

“The number of cases continues to decrease in the Navajo Nation,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. “On behalf of the Administration, we thank Navajo residents who comply with all public health orders to slow and stop the coronavirus spread. As surrounding areas are reopened and reopening, the Navajo Nation is taking precautions to avoid another breakout.” 

Officials warned residents to be aware of any possible symptoms, and to contact medical personnel if they have them.

“It is important to monitor your symptoms if you traveled or left your home,”  said Vice President Lizer. “COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe illness and appear two to 14 days after exposure. To avoid exposure, wear a face mask, maintain a six-foot distance from others, wash your hands often, and frequently touch high-touched surfaces. We can combat this virus if we stay alert and safe.” 

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

•    Chinle Service Unit: 2,232

•    Crownpoint Service Unit: 764

•    Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 661

•    Gallup Service Unit: 1,487

•    Kayenta Service Unit: 1,259

•   Shiprock Service Unit: 1,426

•    Tuba City Service Unit: 843

•   Winslow Service Unit: 428

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

4:30 p.m.: New Mexico state health officials announced 226 additional COVID-19 cases Sunday afternoon. 

The Department of Health on Sunday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19, none in San Juan County.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 654.  

As of today, there are 127 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19 and 8,343 COVID-19 cases are designated as recoveries by the health department.

The state Department of Health identified the most recent cases as:

•    61 new cases in Bernalillo County

•    15 new cases in Chaves County

•    3 new cases in Cibola County

•    1 new case in Colfax County

•    22 new cases in Curry County

•    35 new cases in Doña Ana County

•    6 new cases in Eddy County

•    16 new cases in Lea County

•    6 new cases in Lincoln County

•    1 new case in Luna County

•    5 new cases in McKinley County

•    1 new case in Otero County

•    1 new case in Quay County

•    2 new cases in Roosevelt County

•    13 new cases in Sandoval County

•    3 new cases in San Juan County

•    1 new case in San Miguel County

•    19 new cases in Santa Fe County

•    2 new cases in Taos County

•    1 new case in Torrance County

•    12 new cases in Valencia County

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 and acute care facilities in San Juan County:

• BeeHive Homes of Farmington in Farmington

• Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield

• Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington 

• Crane’s Roost Care Home in Aztec

• Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 21,016 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 4,860

Catron County: 4

Chaves County: 362

Cibola County: 336

Colfax County: 14

Curry County: 480

Doña Ana County: 2,214

Eddy County: 253

Grant County: 67

Guadalupe County: 31

Harding County: 1

Hidalgo County: 88

Lea County: 641

Lincoln County: 105

Los Alamos County: 20

Luna County: 226

McKinley County: 4,002

Mora County: 6

Otero County: 184

Quay County: 32

Rio Arriba County: 294

Roosevelt County: 141

Sandoval County: 1,095

San Juan County: 3,002

San Miguel County: 42

Santa Fe County: 595

Sierra County: 29

Socorro County: 73

Taos County: 98

Torrance County: 60

Union County: 27

Valencia County: 369

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

•    Cibola County Correctional Center: 279

•    Otero County Prison Facility: 279

•    Otero County Processing Center: 159

•    Torrance County Detention Facility: 43

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

•    Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 25

•    Lea County Correctional Facility: 4

•    Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1

•    Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1

•    Otero County Prison Facility: 470

•    Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

•    Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 3

Updates for Saturday, Aug. 1

3:50 p.m.: New Mexico health officials reported 210 new cases of COVID-19, including five in San Juan County, one in Rio Arriba County, 14 in Sandoval County and 11 in McKinley County.

There have now been 20,796 New Mexicans test positive for the disease. Of those people, 8,286 have recovered and 651 have died.

The state recorded nine new coronavirus-related fatalities on Aug. 1, including a San Juan County resident in his 70s who had underlying medical conditions and was hospitalized.

There have been 181 deaths from the coronavirus in San Juan County.

There are 134 people hospitalized in New Mexico with COVID-19.

Total cases by county include:

  • 68 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 15 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 11 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 5 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 3 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 21 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 2 new cases in Luna County
  • 11 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 14 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 5 new cases in San Juan County
  • 15 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Sierra County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 2 new cases in Union County
  • 3 new cases in Valencia County

State health officials say the following number of people being held by federal agencies at the following facilities have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 279
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 279
  • Otero County Processing Center: 159
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 43

Additionally, the following number of inmates held by the New Mexico Corrections Department have tested positive at the following facilities: 

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 25
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 4
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 470
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 3

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