COVID-19: Case updates for the Navajo Nation and San Juan County in May 2021

Farmington Daily Times

Friday, April 30, marked the day that San Juan County returned to Green Level state restrictions after New Mexico health officials changed the formula used for determining when counties can relax restrictions on certain businesses and events, and at what level of occupancy.

On May 5 San Juan County graduated to Turquoise Status, allowing more people to attend "mass gatherings" and many venues to expand seating areas for customers indoors. A list of Turquoise Level restrictions is included in the May 5 blog entry below.)

Allen Theatres announced plans to reopen its E. 20th Street location on May 7, and high school sports teams welcomed fans at 25 percent indoor occupancy starting April 30. Colleges and high schools planned for graduations and a complex web of rules about when masks should be worn was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adopted by the state soon after.

In another sign of recovery, the Animas River Jam festival will run from noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29 and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30 at venues in Berg Park and Animas Park in Farmington. The event features music as well as food stands and replaces the annual River Fest. Organizers hope for smaller crowds than the more extensive River Fest drew and that those attendees will practice social distancing.

More:Updated New Mexico COVID-19 map takes effect: What are the new rules?

As of April 30, the number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents had reached 4,067. Statewide there were 197,733 cases reported since the pandemic began. San Juan County has reported 14,514 cases and 468 deaths since the pandemic began. On April 30 the county logged 39 new cases. The previous day it logged 56 cases.

COVID-19 cases spiked in San Juan County in April, as San Juan and Bernalillo counties continued to report much higher case numbers than other New Mexico counties. Despite that, both counties moved into the green Level April 30 as vaccination rates were factored into the mix.

Vaccination campaigns continue for both New Mexico and Navajo Nation residents. The state announced that inoculations will be open for all residents aged 16 and older back on April 5 and now free weekly vaccination clinics are held at McGee Park and San Juan College. Registration is available at cvvacine.nmhealth.org for New Mexico residents and ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19/COVID-19-Vaccine for the Navajo Nation.

Health officials advise that people who are vaccinated should continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Updates from April can be found here. 

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

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 Friday, May 14

8:14 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 today. The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center also reported five more virus-related deaths.

The total number of cases is 30,693 and includes four where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,291.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,590
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,946
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,656
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,869
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,722
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,175
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,733
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,983

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

There are 29,294 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 269,860 tests have been conducted.

Several health care facilities on May 15 will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to those who are 12 years and over, according to a press release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

A parent or guardian must accompany children ages 12 to 17, the release states.

  • Shiprock Service Unit: Shiprock High School, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Gallup Service Unit: University of New Mexico - Gallup, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Chinle Service Unit: Chinle Wellness Center in Chinle, Arizona, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sage Memorial Hospital: Sage Memorial Wellness Center in Ganado, Arizona, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Utah Navajo Health System, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Our goal is to reach community immunity, so please encourage your loved ones to get vaccinated to help keep them safe and healthy," Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer said in the release.

4:21 p.m.: State health officials said there were 223 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Mexico on Friday, and one new death.

New Mexico has reported 200,650 COVID-19 cases and 4,113 deaths since the pandemic began.

The person whose death was reported Friday was a woman in her 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions, the state health department said in a release.

San Juan County reported 36 new cases Friday. The county has reported 15,070 cases since the start of the pandemic, and 471 deaths.

On Friday, there were 112 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infection.

There are 185,779 people in the state who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

There won't be any COVID-19 case number updates from the state until Monday.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 75 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 16 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 1 new case in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 5 new cases in Luna County
  • 9 new cases in McKinley County
  • 10 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 5 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 36 new cases in San Juan County
  • 17 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 5 new cases in Torrance County
  • 8 new cases in Valencia County
  • 2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center

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

  • 87401 - 10
  • 87109 - 9
  • 87507 - 9
  • 87105 - 8
  • 87123 - 8
  • 87114 - 7
  • 87402 - 7
  • 88101 - 7
  • 87113 - 6
  • 87417 - 6

The state reported these COVID-19 cases among people being held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 200
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

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: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 252
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

Updates for Thursday, May 13

5:45 p.m.: New Mexico's state health officials on Thursday announced 202 new COVID-19 cases.

The new numbers bring New Mexico’s total case count since the pandemic began to 200,432.

The Department of Health also reported two new COVID-19-related deaths. The pandemic has now claimed 4,112 New Mexico residents. 

There were no COVID-19-related deaths reported Thursday in San Juan County, where 32 new cases were reported. Since the pandemic began the county has reported 15,034 cases and 470 deaths.

There were 106 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals on Thursday due to COVID-19 infections. Also on Thursday there were 185,567 COVID-19 patients diagnosed during the pandemic who have recovered.

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

  • 73 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 6 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 8 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 4 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 8 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 32 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 10 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 18 new cases in Torrance County
  • 12 new cases in Valencia County
  • 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

The 10 New Mexico ZIP Codes with the most COVID-19 cases Thursday were:

  • 87016 - 16
  • 87121 - 16
  • 87105 - 9
  • 87120 - 9
  • 87401 - 9
  • 88101 - 9
  • 87410 - 7
  • 87031 - 6
  • 87413 - 6
  • 87113 - 5

The Department of Health reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state also reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 252
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

5:40 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reported today 14 new COVID-19 cases and one more death related to the virus.

In a press release, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Jill Jim, the tribe's health department director, reaffirmed the requirement for people to wear face masks when on the tribal land.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today new mask guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated, stating they no longer need to wear masks in many indoor situations or practice social distancing under certain circumstances.

"We are staying the course with our mask mandate here on the Navajo Nation. Everyone is still required to wear a mask in public, indoors and outdoors," Nez said in the release.

He added the tribe will continue to exercise caution and take careful steps to gradually lift restrictions after vaccination numbers increase.

Today's online town hall by the president's office focused on the move by the IHS to now offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents ages 12-15.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,589
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,944
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,654
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,865
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,722
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,169
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,732
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,983

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

The total number of cases is 30,677 and includes one where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,286.

There are 29,283 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 269,369 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Wednesday, May 12

7:43 p.m.: Health officials on the Navajo Nation reported today 20 new cases of COVID-19 and no recent deaths.

The total number of cases is 30,662 and the death toll remains at 1,285.

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:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,587
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,943
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,652
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,864
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,721
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,166
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,731
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,979

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

There are 29,265 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 269,146 tests have been conducted.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids as young as 12, according to a press release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

The decision came two days after the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization for administering the vaccine to adolescents ages 12 to 15.

"Several health care facilities on the Navajo Nation will begin offering the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents as early as Thursday, while others will begin on Friday and Saturday," the press release states.

More information about the vaccine rollout will be provided during the virtual town hall by the president's office at 10 a.m. on May 13 on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

4:24 p.m.: There were 196 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Mexico Wednesday, state health officials said.

The state also reported three new deaths related to the virus, including a man in his 80s from San Juan County who was a resident of the Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomfield.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents has reached 4,111. The statewide case total since the pandemic began reached 200,232 on Wednesday.

San Juan County reported 29 new cases Wednesday. The county has reported 15,002 cases since the pandemic began and 470 deaths, including the death reported Wednesday.

There were 113 people in New Mexico hospitals under treatment for COVID-19 on Wednesday. 

Since the pandemic began there have been 185,385 people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 68 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in De Baca County
  • 18 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 7 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 1 new case in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 6 new cases in Luna County
  • 8 new cases in McKinley County
  • 3 new cases in Otero County
  • 9 new cases in Quay County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 3 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 5 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 29 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Sierra County
  • 2 new cases in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 7 new cases in Valencia County

The 10 New Mexico ZIP codes with the most COVID-19 cases on Wednesday are:

  • 87401 - 14
  • 87120 - 9
  • 87121 - 9
  • 87105 - 8
  • 87109 - 6
  • 88030 - 6
  • 88081 - 6
  • 88220 - 6
  • 87031 - 5
  • 87107 - 5

The Department of Health reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state also reports these cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

Updates for Tuesday, May 11

6:23 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reported today nine new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths related to the virus.

Today's report for the Navajo Nation raises the total number of cases to 30,642 and includes 13 where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll remains at 1,285.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,586
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,941
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,643
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,858
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,721
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,165
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,730
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,979

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

There are 29,261 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 268,597 tests have been conducted.

The Navajo Area IHS is waiting on further guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices before offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to those ages 12 to 15, according to a press release from the tribe's Office of President and Vice President.

On May 10, the Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will hold an emergency meeting on May 12 to discuss the recommendation.

"As the Navajo Area IHS awaits further guidance and approval from the CDC, the Indian Health Service is preparing to begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to the adolescent age group as quickly as possible," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the release.

4:30 p.m.: State health officials reported 137 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and three new deaths.

The number of New Mexico residents who have died due to COVID-19 reached 4,108 Tuesday.

New Mexico overall has seen 200, 037 cases reported since the pandemic began.

There were 13 new cases reported in San Juan County, which has seen 14,973 cases since the pandemic began and 469 deaths.

There were 141 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals for COVID-19 on Tuesday. There were 185,249 people who have recovered from the virus since the pandemic began.

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

  • 56 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Colfax County
  • 6 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 12 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 3 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Otero County
  • 4 new cases in Quay County
  • 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 4 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 13 new cases in San Juan County
  • 7 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Torrance County
  • 5 new cases in Valencia County

The 10 New Mexico ZIP codes with the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases on May. 11 are:

  • 88435 - 12
  • 87121 - 10
  • 87120 - 8
  • 87106 - 6
  • 87401 - 6
  • 87113 - 5
  • 87114 - 5
  • 88101 - 5
  • 87002 - 4
  • 87124 - 4

Updates for Monday, May 10

7:35 p.m.: San Juan County reported 154 new cases of COVID-19 between May 8 and May 10, a weekend total only surpassed by hard-hit Bernalillo County with 157 new cases.

Statewide, New Mexico health officials reported 570 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The number of deaths among New Mexicans due to COVID-19 reached 4,106 on Monday.

The statewide case total since the pandemic began is now 199,901

The state listed one recent death, and noted seven other deaths that occurred within the past 30 days, but for which complete information was recently received. Among the seven was a woman in her 80s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 157 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 18 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 23 new cases in Curry County
  • 7 new cases in De Baca County
  • 41 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 7 new cases in Lea County
  • 13 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 7 new cases in Luna County
  • 14 new cases in McKinley County
  • 16 new cases in Otero County
  • 6 new cases in Quay County
  • 9 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 5 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 29 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 154 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 20 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 5 new cases in Taos County
  • 4 new cases in Torrance County
  • 16 new cases in Valencia County

5:55 p.m.: The number of new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation was 19 on May 9 and 11 on May 10. Health officials also reported one additional death on May 9.

"Daily numbers of new cases and deaths were not reported on Sunday due to the Mother's Day holiday. Monday's numbers reflect totals for Sunday and Monday combined," states the press release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

The total number of cases is 30,620. The death toll is 1,285.

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:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,586
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,940
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,636
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,856
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,720
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,160
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,726
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,977

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

There are 29,239 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 267,239 tests have been conducted.

The Department of Health issued a health advisory for Tsayatoh for "uncontrolled spread" of the virus, based on the number of cases from April 23 to May 6.

The president's office will have an online town hall at 10 a.m. on May 11 on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

Updates for Saturday, May 8

11:55 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies on Saturday reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation, and one new death. The death toll from the pandemic rose to 1,284 as of Saturday.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 30,590.

Tribal officials say 29,224 people have recovered from COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 267,503 tests were given.

President Jonathan Nez thanked first responders and urged people to continue using precautions to avoid the spread of the virus.

"First Lady Phefelia Nez and I wish all of our Navajo people a safe and happy Mother's Day weekend," President Nez said in a prepared statement. "Please celebrate safely and take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. We are in this together and we are overcoming the pandemic one day at a time."

No case updates will be given on Sunday "to allow employees and health care workers to spend time with their families. Daily reports will resume on Monday, May 10," according to a release from the Office of the President and Vice President emailed Saturday night.

"Mother's Day is a special time to give thanks and praise for all of the mothers, grandmothers, foster parents, and caretakers who devote their lives to caring and loving others," said Vice President Myron Lizer. "Second Lady Dottie Lizer and I wish you all a safe and enjoyable time with your families. Please be safe and continue to pray for our Nation."

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,584
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,940
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,635
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,852
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,719
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,145
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,722
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,974

*19 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a service unit.

Updates for Friday, May 7

7:19 p.m.: Today health officials reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death related to the virus for the Navajo Nation.

The total number of cases is 30,578. There were two duplicated cases previously reported, which were reconciled in today's tally. The death toll is 1,283.

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:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,583
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,940
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,635
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,848
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,716
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,144
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,719
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,974

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

There are 29,225 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 267,483 tests have been conducted.

The Office of the President announced that more than 100,000 people on the Navajo Nation are fully vaccinated, based on information from the Navajo Area IHS.

"Community immunity is our goal here on the Navajo Nation. The more people who are fully vaccinated, the lesser risk of severe cases of COVID-19 and deaths. …Here on the Navajo Nation, we have over 100,000 people fully vaccinated, but we have to continue doing more to increase the overall vaccination percentage," tribal President Jonathan Nez said.

4:21 p.m.: Health officials on Friday announced 285 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths in New Mexico related to the virus, none in San Juan County. Of those cases, 55 were reported in San Juan County.

The COVID-19-related death toll among New Mexicans rose to 4,098 Friday. Statewide there have been 199,333 cases reported since the pandemic began.

In San Juan County there have been 14,805 cases reported since the first case was recorded in March of 2020. The county has logged 469 deaths during the pandemic.

On Friday there were 145 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19. 

As of Friday, there are 184,263 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 who have recovered according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state will not release new figures on COVID-19 infections and recoveries until Monday.

The state on Friday listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 80 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 6 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 7 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 19 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 7 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 8 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 4 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 6 new cases in Luna County
  • 8 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases in Otero County
  • 5 new cases in Quay County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 8 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 55 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 17 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 4 new cases in Sierra County
  • 3 new cases in Taos County
  • 7 new cases in Torrance County
  • 14 new cases in Valencia County

The 10 ZIP codes with the highest number of COVID-19 cases on Friday were:

  • 87401 - 23
  • 87121 - 14
  • 87031 - 11
  • 87413 - 11
  • 87410 - 10
  • 87120 - 9
  • 87112 - 7
  • 87507 - 7
  • 88130 - 7
  • 87105 - 6

The state reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The Department of Health also reports these cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

No cases were reported among assisted living center residents or staff in San Juan County on Friday.

Updates for Thursday, May 6

5:37 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reported today 13 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths for the Navajo Nation.

The total number of cases is 30,565 and includes two cases where delayed reporting occurred.

There have been 1,282 virus-related deaths since March 2020.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,580
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,940
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,634
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,843
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,714
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,142
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,718
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,975

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

There are 29,213 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 267,196 tests have been conducted.

4 p.m.: New Mexico health officials reported 281 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and four new deaths, none in San Juan County.

New Mexico has recorded 199,054 cases since the start of the pandemic. The death toll among New Mexicans since the pandemic began is now 4,089.

San Juan County has logged 14,750 cases since the first case was found in the county in March of 2020, and 469 deaths.

There were 149 people hospitalized Thursday in New Mexico due to COVID-19.

Also as of Thursday, 184,057 people who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

  • 79 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 11 new cases in Curry County
  • 22 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 7 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 5 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 7 new cases in McKinley County
  • 15 new cases in Otero County
  • 9 new cases in Quay County
  • 7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 8 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 15 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 47 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 20 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Sierra County
  • 2 new cases in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 9 new cases in Valencia County

The top 10 ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases Thursday, May. 6 are:

  • 87401 - 20
  • 87121 - 16
  • 88101 - 11
  • 87120 - 9
  • 87413 - 8
  • 87031 - 7
  • 87105 - 7
  • 87112 - 6
  • 87124 - 6
  • 87144 - 6

The Department of Health reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 761
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

Updates for Wednesday, May 5

7:11 p.m.: Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been reported today by health officials for the Navajo Nation.

No recent deaths were in the update by the Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center.

The total number of cases is 30,550 and the death toll remains at 1,282.

"Our daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases have remained consistently low compared to where we were one year ago. The improvement we are seeing is due to the Navajo people, our frontline warriors and the effectiveness of the vaccines. We are in this fight together against the virus and we are overcoming the pandemic one day at a time," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,580
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,940
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,633
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,841
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,712
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,136
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,714
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,975

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

There are 29,201 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus, which is a tally revised today by the Navajo Epidemiology Center.

A total of 266,930 tests for the virus have been conducted.

5:27 p.m.: New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday reported 214 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19, none in San Juan County.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans is now 4,085. The statewide total since the pandemic began is 198,781 cases.

San Juan County reported 40 new cases Wednesday. The county has recorded 14,703 cases and 469 deaths since the pandemic began.

There were 144 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 on Wednesday. Since the pandemic began 183,949 people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

State health officials listed the most recent cases are:

  • 65 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 5 new cases in Curry County
  • 15 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 1 new case in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 3 new cases in Luna County
  • 1 new case in McKinley County
  • 15 new cases in Otero County
  • 6 new cases in Quay County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 20 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 40 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 20 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 3 new cases in Valencia County

The 10 New Mexico ZIP codes with the most COVID-19 cases Wednesday are:

  • 88340 - 11
  • 87401 - 10
  • 87109 - 9
  • 87121 - 9
  • 87107 - 8
  • 87420 - 8
  • 87507 - 8
  • 87508 - 8
  • 87120 - 7
  • 87410 - 7

The Department of Health reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state also reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 761
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

1:28 p.m.: San Juan County joined seven other counties in moving to the state's less-restrictive Turquoise Level of COVID-19 business restrictions on Wednesday when the state rolled out a fresh list of county rankings.

The county met two out of three requirements for an upgrade, as caseloads for new COVID-19 infections were higher that the state's goal. A positivity rate of 7.5% or less was required, and San Juan County came in at 7.40%. A vaccination rate of 53.50% for San Juan residents easily outpaced the state's goal as of May 5 of having at least 40% of residents vaccinated.

The new map shows 30 counties at Turquoise Level, with two counties still at Yellow Level and none at the most-restrictive Red Level.

The new restrictions increase so-called "mass gatherings" to 150 people.

Turquoise Level restrictions:

(From the New Mexico Department of Health website)

Counties at the Turquoise Level have three of the following or two of the following in two consecutive reporting periods: 1) a new COVID-19 average daily case incidence rate of no greater than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, 2) an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results less than or equal to 7.5%, or 3) a fully vaccinated rate at or above 40%.

Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions

Essential retail spaces: 75% of maximum capacity for indoor spaces and 100% outdoor

Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified): 75% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining

Close-contact businesses: 75% of maximum capacity; no restrictions on outdoor spaces

Large entertainment venues: 33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises

Recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises

Bars and clubs: 33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable

**All other businesses: 75% of maximum capacity indoors; no restrictions on outdoor spaces

Houses of worship: May operate at 100% capacity indoors or outdoors should they so choose

Places of lodging: No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 50% of maximum occupancy for all others; 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals

Mass gatherings limit: 150 persons

Updates for Tuesday, May 4

5:35 p.m.: New Mexico health officials reported 219 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 

Officials also reported 10 new COVID-19-related deaths in New Mexico, including a woman in her 60s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents is now 4,083. There have been 198,576 cases reported in New Mexico since the pandemic began.

San Juan County has logged 14,663 cases since the pandemic began and 469 deaths, including the death reported Tuesday.

There are 138 people in the state hospitalized due to COVID-19. Recoveries number 183,813 people.

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

  • 93 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 15 new cases in Curry County
  • 13 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 6 new cases in McKinley County
  • 3 new cases in Otero County
  • 7 new cases in Quay County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 7 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 37 new cases in San Juan County
  • 9 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 6 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state also reports these cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 761
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

5:28 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reported today 12 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation.

One death related to the virus was reported, raising the death toll to 1,282.

Health officials have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since the start of the pandemic:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,580
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,940
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,632
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,841
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,712
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,131
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,713
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,975

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

The total number of cases is 30,543 and includes nine where delayed reporting occurred. There are 16,606 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 266,423 tests have been conducted.

"On Thursday, we begin Navajo Nation Nurses Appreciation Week to honor and recognize all of the hard work and commitment of our frontline warriors who put on the nursing uniforms each day to help our people. We owe a debt of gratitude to all nurses and health care workers for what they have done during this pandemic. We can all help them by getting vaccinated and continuing to take precautions to keep ourselves safe," tribal Vice President Myron Lizer said in the update.

Updates for Monday, May 3

6:21 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation reported today three new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths.

The total number of cases is 30,522 and includes five where delayed reporting occurred. There have been 1,281 virus-related deaths.

According to the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, the Navajo Area Indian Health Service reported that 247,165 vaccine doses have been received and 224,465 doses have been administered.

Those fully vaccinated is 99,254, according to the agency.

"We have nearly 100,000 people who are fully vaccinated here on the Navajo Nation. We are moving closer and closer to reaching herd immunity, but we have to remain diligent and remember that we have two variants identified within our homelands," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the release.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,580
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,940
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,631
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,839
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,710
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,125
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,703
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,975

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

There are 16,596 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 266,002 tests have been conducted.

The president's office will have a virtual town hall at 10 a.m. on May 4 on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

5:04 p.m.: State health officials reported 685 new COVID-19 cases statewide between Saturday, May 1, and Monday, May 3.

The state on Monday also reported six new COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents during that period, none from San Juan County.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths among New Mexico residents is now 4,073.

The state has reported 198,372 cases since the pandemic began.

San Juan County reported 119 new cases during the weekend reporting period. The county has logged 14,625 cases since the pandemic began and there have been 468 deaths among county residents.

There were 132 people hospitalized in New Mexico Monday due to COVID-19. Also as of Monday, there are 183,656 COVID-19 people who contracted COVID-19 and have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Three local Zip Codes are among the 10 ZIP codes across New Mexico with the most COVID-19 cases on Monday, May 3. They are:

  • 87401 - 49
  • 87413 - 25
  • 87410 - 23

The state Department of Health lists the number of new infections by county:

  • 228 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 14 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Colfax County
  • 7 new cases in Curry County
  • 54 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 16 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 4 new cases in Lea County
  • 7 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 8 new cases in Luna County
  • 7 new cases in McKinley County
  • 43 new cases in Otero County
  • 7 new cases in Quay County
  • 9 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 27 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 40 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 119 new cases in San Juan County
  • 4 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 30 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 3 new cases in Taos County
  • 37 new cases in Valencia County
  • 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County

The Department of Health reported these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at: 

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state also reported these COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 761
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 218
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 229
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

Update for Sunday, May 2

5:30 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported six new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths.

There have been 30,514 positive COVID-19 cases reported on the Navajo Nation since the pandemic began.

The death toll is 1,281.

Reports indicate 16,585 people have recovered from COVID-19, and 265,659 tests were administered, according to a press release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,580
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,940
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,631
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,839
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,710
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,124
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,696
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,975

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

Update for Saturday, May 1

7:25 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reported today six new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation.

Three more deaths related to the virus were reported.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,580
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,937
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,629
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,838
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,710
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,124
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,696
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,975

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

The total number of cases is 30,508 and includes three cases where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,281.

There are 16,574 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 265,385 tests have been conducted.

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