San Juan County, Navajo Nation COVID-19 case updates for July 2021

The Daily Times staff

It's official, July 1 marked the end of the state's color-coded system of COVID-19 restrictions as the state reached the targeted 60% vaccination level.

COVID-19 case levels, which began dropping in last week of May, continued to decline through June although hospitalization rates stayed at about 75 patients a day most days during the last weeks of June. On July 14 there were 97 people under treatment at New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections.

While statewide case counts bumped up in early July San Juan County's rates have fallen.

ZIP Codes in San Juan County made frequent appearances among the state's top 10 places with the highest new case numbers. But those overall new case numbers are still dropping and, mid-month, San Juan County ZIP Codes had dropped out of the counts.

On July 14 the county's pandemic death toll reached 500 with the death of an unidentified man in his 40s who health officials said was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

A news release from the governor's office on July 1 stated that 62% of eligible New Mexicans have had all of the necessary shots as of Tuesday and nearly 71 percent have received at least one vaccine dose. 

“Our push to get every eligible New Mexican vaccinated is not over,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in the release. “If you haven’t yet ensured that you are protected, please get vaccinated – don’t risk dangerous new variants that present incredible risk to those who are unvaccinated. Vaccines are safe, effective, and easy to get – find shots near you at vaccineNM.org.”

Are you in the lottery?

The governor, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Lottery launched a statewide vaccination incentive program called, "Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes."

The program will make available $10 million in total prize money and other prizes to New Mexicans who receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

To be eligible for the cash sweepstakes, residents who receive or have received the vaccine must opt in to register and verify their personal and vaccination information at vax2themaxnm.org.

The next $1 million drawing is scheduled for Friday, July 2; vaccinated New Mexicans had to opt in to the sweepstakes by 6 p.m. Thursday, July 1, to be eligible for the July 2 drawing.

Case number updates from the June blog can be found here. Updates from May 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 Wednesday, July 28

5:02 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths, according to a news release by the Office of the President and Vice President.

The pandemic has claimed 1,373 lives on the tribal lands. 

There have been 29,859 recoveries from COVID-19, the release stated, and 289,930 COVID-19 tests were given. 

“The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 31,337, including one delayed reported case,” the release said. 

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

• Chinle Service Unit: 5,699

• Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,999

• Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 3,719

• Gallup Service Unit: 4,965

• Kayenta Service Unit: 2,781

• Shiprock Service Unit: 5,332

• Tuba City Service Unit: 3,819

• Winslow Service Unit: 2,004

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

4:23 p.m.: State health officials reported 329 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 16 of them in San Juan County. 

Five new deaths were reported Wednesday by the New Mexico Department of Health:

• A man in his 50s from Lea County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. His death happened more than 30 days ago but was just reported.

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

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

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

• A woman in her 100s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents reached 4,407 on Wednesday; 503 of those fatalities were residents of San Juan County.

New Mexico has reported a total of 209,684 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, 15,948 of those in San Juan County.

There were 133 people in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on Wednesday. 

As of Wednesday, there were 196,723 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 who have recovered according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

• Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield

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

• 113 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 17 new cases in Chaves County

• 2 new cases in Cibola County

• 5 new cases in Colfax County

• 5 new cases in Curry County

• 22 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 34 new cases in Eddy County

• 3 new cases in Grant County

• 18 new cases in Lea County

• 9 new cases in Lincoln County

• 3 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 3 new cases in Luna County

• 10 new cases in McKinley County

• 6 new cases in Otero County

• 1 new case in Quay County

• 6 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 4 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 19 new cases in Sandoval County

• 16 new cases in San Juan County

• 3 new cases in San Miguel County

• 20 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Sierra County

• 1 new case in Taos County

• 2 new cases in Torrance County

• 5 new cases in Valencia County

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

Updates for Tuesday, July 27

5:31 p.m.: State health officials reported 242 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, five of those in San Juan County. 

The Department of Health reported two new deaths in New Mexico on Tuesday related to COVID-19:

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

• A man in his 60s from Lea County.  

The death toll among New Mexico residents due to COVID-19-related deaths reached 4,402 on Tuesday.

There were 121 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections on Tuesday. 

On Tuesday there were 196,698 people who were once diagnosed with COVID-19 who have since recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 69 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 9 new cases in Chaves County

• 1 new case in Cibola County

• 5 new cases in Colfax County

• 11 new cases in Curry County

• 12 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 33 new cases in Eddy County

• 1 new case in Grant County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 24 new cases in Lea County

• 5 new cases in Lincoln County

• 4 new cases in McKinley County

• 2 new cases in Otero County

• 2 new cases in Quay County

• 10 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 2 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 14 new cases in Sandoval County

• 5 new cases in San Juan County

• 3 new cases in San Miguel County

• 9 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Taos County

• 1 new case in Torrance County

• 6 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

New Mexico has reported a total of 209,356 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

Bernalillo County: 60,317

Catron County: 98

Chaves County: 9,165

Cibola County: 2,932

Colfax County: 813

Curry County: 5,438

De Baca County: 178

Doña Ana County: 25,381

Eddy County: 7,211

Grant County: 1,774

Guadalupe County: 478

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 408

Lea County: 8,572

Lincoln County: 1,809

Los Alamos County: 548

Luna County: 3,432

McKinley County: 12,504

Mora County: 179

Otero County: 4,171

Quay County: 549

Rio Arriba County: 3,887

Roosevelt County: 2,069

Sandoval County: 12,518

San Juan County: 15,932

San Miguel County: 1,465

Santa Fe County: 10,833

Sierra County: 786

Socorro County: 1,343

Taos County: 1,801

Torrance County: 900

Union County: 261

Valencia County: 7,067

5:15 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report today 15 new COVID-19 cases and one more death related to the virus.

The report states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance today, recommending that fully vaccinated people wear face masks indoors in areas that have substantial and high transmission rates of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

"The CDC issued new guidance for mask wearing today, but here on the Navajo Nation our mask mandate has remained in place since April of last year. Wearing masks and getting fully vaccinated are highly effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and the variants, and keeping ourselves safe and healthy," tribal President Jonathan Nez said.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,693
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,997
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,717
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,964
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,780
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,330
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,819
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,003

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

The total number of cases is 31,322 and includes two cases where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,373.

There are 29,844 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 289,598 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Monday, July 26

6:09 p.m.: New Mexico health officials reported 632 new COVID-19 infections between Saturday, July 24, and Monday, July 26, 32 of them in San Juan County.

The state also reported three more deaths:

  • A man in his 80s from Taos County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 50s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 30s from McKinley County who had underlying conditions. The man died more than 30 days ago but his death was reported Monday as being related to COVID-19.

The pandemic has claimed 4,400 New Mexico residents since it began.

New Mexico has reported 209,118 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, 15,929 of them in San Juan County.

There were 89 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on Monday.

As of Monday there were 196,641 people who had been diagnosed in New Mexico with COVID-19 and who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

• 232 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 21 new cases in Chaves County

• 2 new cases in Cibola County

• 1 new case in Colfax County

• 14 new cases in Curry County

• 37 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 59 new cases in Eddy County

• 3 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 11 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 29 new cases in Lea County

• 9 new cases in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 4 new cases in Luna County

• 12 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 7 new cases in Otero County

• 4 new cases in Quay County

• 8 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 8 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 42 new cases in Sandoval County

• 32 new cases in San Juan County

• 6 new cases in San Miguel County

• 26 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Sierra County

• 4 new cases in Socorro County

• 7 new cases in Taos County

• 3 new cases in Torrance County

• 27 new cases in Valencia County

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

5:50 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center report eight new cases of COVID-19 and no recent deaths related to the virus.

Today's update brings the total number of cases to 31,305 while the death toll remains at 1,372.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,691
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,995
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,714
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,964
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,779
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,325
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,815
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,003

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

There are 29,817 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 288,969 tests have been conducted.

"Mask up and get fully vaccinated. The Delta variant is in our communities and all across the country. Our best defense and most effective way of pushing back on the variants is to get fully vaccinated," tribal President Jonathan Nez said.

"The large majority of new cases and deaths involve people who are not vaccinated. If you visit loved ones who do not live in the same household, please wear a mask and take precautions. We are not out of the pandemic. Please be safe and continue to take precautions," Nez added.

Updates for Sunday, July 25

3:41 p.m.: The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported six new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths.

The latest numbers brought the total number of coronavirus-related cases to 31,297 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The number of known deaths rose to 1,372.

On Saturday, the tribe had reported four new cases and no deaths for the sixth time in a seven days.

The Navajo Nation recently relaxed restrictions to allow visitors to travel on the reservation and visit popular attractions like Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.

While cases are down, Navajo leaders are urging residents to continue wearing masks and get vaccinated.

“The Delta variant is the dominant strain in every part of the country and it continues to spread in our communities as well,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. “Reports indicate that the Delta variant is 60-percent more transmissible and can lead to more severe symptoms and death.”

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Updates for Saturday, July 24

See entry above.

Updates for Friday, July 23

4:15 p.m.: New Mexico health officials reported 244 new COVID-19 cases in the state on Friday and three more deaths.

The deaths reported Friday by the New Mexico Department of Health were:

• A woman in her 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized. 

• A woman in her 60s from Bernalillo County whose death happened more than 30 days ago but was recorded on Friday. 

• A man in his 70s from Doña Ana County who was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society – Betty Dare facility in Alamogordo. His death happened more than 30 days ago but was recorded on Friday.

The pandemic’s death toll among New Mexico residents rose to 4,397 on Friday. New Mexico has reported a total of 208,487 COVID-19 cases, 15,897 of them in San Juan County.

There were 106 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on Friday. 

There are 196,442 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico since the pandemic began who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The next state update of COVID-19 figures will be released on Monday.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 93 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 7 new cases in Chaves County

• 4 new cases in Curry County

• 12 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 18 new cases in Eddy County

• 1 new case in Hidalgo County

• 10 new cases in Lea County

• 4 new cases in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 3 new cases in Luna County

• 3 new cases in McKinley County

• 13 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 4 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 15 new cases in Sandoval County

• 12 new cases in San Juan County

• 1 new case in San Miguel County

• 13 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Taos County

• 9 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

Updates for Thursday, July 22

10:16 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 27 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional virus-related death in today's update by health officials.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,680
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,992
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,709
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,960
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,778
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,320
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,811
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,999

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

The total number of cases is 31,268 and includes two cases where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,368.

There are 29,775 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 288,115 tests have been conducted.

4:56 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health reported 273 new COVID-19 cases on July 22, 14 of them in San Juan County. 

The state also reported two new COVID-19-related deaths in New Mexico on Thursday: 

  • A man in his 50s from Eddy County. 
  • A woman in her 60s from Eddy County who had underlying conditions.

The pandemic has claimed 4,394 New Mexico residents, 502 of them from San Juan County. There have been 208,243 cases across the state, 15,885 of those in San Juan County.

There were 98 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 on July 22.

As of July 22, 196,373 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 71 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 10 new cases in Chaves County

• 2 new cases in Cibola County

• 7 new cases in Curry County

• 10 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 13 new cases in Eddy County

• 3 new cases in Grant County

• 8 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 13 new cases in Lea County

• 9 new cases in Lincoln County

• 3 new cases in Luna County

• 4 new cases in McKinley County

• 21 new cases in Otero County

• 1 new case in Quay County

• 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 2 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 10 new cases in Sandoval County

• 14 new cases in San Juan County

• 12 new cases in San Miguel County

• 10 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Sierra County

• 2 new cases in Socorro County

• 6 new cases in Taos County

• 1 new case in Torrance County

• 14 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

Updates for Wednesday, July 21

6:05 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, along with the Navajo Area Indian Health Service and the Navajo Epidemiology Center, report 21 new COVID-19 cases today.

"We have the knowledge, guidance and resources to push back on COVID-19 and the Delta variant, but it ultimately comes down to our individual choices and actions each day. Whether we wear a mask or not, whether we travel to hotspots or not, and whether we get vaccinated or not," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

"The data across the country shows the devastating impacts of the Delta variant in regions where vaccination rates are low. States and counties where a small percentage of people are vaccinated have rising numbers of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths," Nez said.

He added that wearing face masks is required on the Navajo Nation.

There were no additional virus-related deaths reported by the health agencies. The total number of cases is 31,239 and the death toll is 1,366.

There are 29,759 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus while a total of 287,686 tests have been conducted.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,672
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,992
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,706
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,953
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,771
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,318
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,810
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,998

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

Updates for Tuesday, July 20

6:15 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center report today 17 additional COVID-19 cases and no recent virus-related deaths for the Navajo Nation.

The update states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that 83% of new COVID-19 infections in the United States are because of the Delta variant.

"The surge in new cases in almost all states across the country is very concerning for the Navajo Nation. We've done so much to bring our numbers down and now with the growing number of Delta variant cases, it's more important than ever to get fully vaccinated. Reports also indicate that the majority of hospitalizations and deaths are those individuals who are not vaccinated for COVID-19," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,668
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,991
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,701
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,951
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,769
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,314
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,807
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,998

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

The total number of cases is 31,218. The death toll is 1,366.

There are 29,759 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 287,088 tests have been conducted.

4:38 p.m.: State health officials on Tuesday reported 137 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, one from San Juan County, raising the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 207,701 cases.

The state also reported four more deaths related to COVID-19. One was a recent death:

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

 The other three deaths that were reported on Tuesday happened more than 30 days ago:

  • A woman in her 60s from Lea County who had underlying conditions. 
  • A woman in her 40s from Otero County. 
  • A man in his 70s from Valencia County who had been hospitalized. 

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,387 on Tuesday. San Juan County, which has recorded 15,849 cases since the start of the pandemic, has recorded 502 deaths including the one reported Tuesday.

There were 98 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals on Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections. 

As of Tuesday, there are 196,254 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 57 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Cibola County

• 5 new cases in Curry County

• 6 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 21 new cases in Eddy County

• 5 new cases in Lea County

• 2 new cases in Luna County

• 6 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Otero County

• 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 1 new case in Roosevelt County

• 10 new cases in Sandoval County

• 1 new case in San Juan County

• 2 new cases in San Miguel County

• 7 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Taos County

• 4 new cases in Valencia County

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

Updates for Monday, July 19

8:37 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report six new cases of COVID-19 and no recent deaths related to the virus.

Today's update shows the tally of cases at 31,201 and a death toll of 1,366 for the tribe.

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: 5,666
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,990
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,701
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,947
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,768
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,311
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,803
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,996

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

There are 29,741 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 286,611 tests have been conducted.

"The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky recently stated that this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. The data across the country shows that the large majority of new positive COVID-19 cases are those individuals who are not fully vaccinated," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

He added, "the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, not guaranteed, but they are effective. We have a very high vaccination rate here on the Navajo Nation, but we have to do more to encourage more of our people to get fully vaccinated. We also have to continue to take precautions such as wearing a mask in public and being very cautious in public. We are in this together and we have to keep supporting one another and keep praying."

4:41 p.m.: State health officials Monday reported 378 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico over the three-day reporting period spanning July 17 through July 19, and four more deaths. 

Of the new cases, 33 were reported in San Juan County, which has seen 15,848 cases total and 501 deaths.

There have been 207,566 cases recorded statewide since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans rose to 4,383 on Monday.

Two recent deaths were:

  • A man in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. He was a resident of the Advanced Health Care facility in Albuquerque.
  • A woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was a resident of the Care Free Assisted Living facility in Albuquerque.

Two more deaths reported on Monday happened more than 30 days ago:

  • A woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Ladera Center in Albuquerque.
  • A man in his 40s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There were 83 people in New Mexico hospitals on Monday due to COVID-19 infections. 

By Monday there were 196,202 people who have recovered from COVID-19 according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

• 128 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 4 new cases in Chaves County

• 7 new cases in Cibola County

• 13 new cases in Curry County

• 17 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 29 new cases in Eddy County

• 4 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 17 new cases in Lea County

• 4 new cases in Lincoln County

• 13 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 17 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 24 new cases in Sandoval County

• 33 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

• 6 new cases in Taos County

• 22 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

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

87121 - 29

88220 - 20

87031 - 13

87120 - 13

87124 - 13

88101 - 13

88240 - 12

87111 - 11

87114 - 11

87401 - 11

Updates for Sunday, July 18

12:18 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies on Sunday reported 17 new COVID-19 positive cases were recorded on Saturday, and 13 on Sunday, according to a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

Two more deaths, which were recorded on Saturday, were announced Sunday.

The pandemic has claimed the lives of 1,366 people on the Navajo Nation since it began. A full report will be available on Monday, the news release said.

Updates for Saturday, July 17

See weekend update above.

Updates for Friday, July 16

8:14 p.m.: State health officials announced 188 additional COVID-19 cases in New Mexico on Friday and seven more deaths.

Four recent deaths were among the seven reported Friday:

  • A man in his 40s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 70s from Bernalillo County. 
  • A man in his 80s from Doña Ana County. 
  • A woman in her 80s from Taos County. 

Three more deaths reported on Friday happened more than 30 days ago:

  • A man in his 30s from Cibola County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A woman in her 70s from Cibola County who was hospitalized. 
  • A woman in her 80s from Doña Ana County who had been hospitalized.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans is now 4,379, and 501 of those deaths were people from San Juan County. There have been 207,189 reported cases across the state since the pandemic began, 15,815 in San Juan County.

There were 91 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Friday due to COVID-19 infections. 

As of Friday, there were 195,954 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

• 45 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 4 new cases in Chaves County

• 1 new case in Cibola County

• 3 new cases in Colfax County

• 5 new cases in Curry County

• 18 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 13 new cases in Eddy County

• 3 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Hidalgo County

• 2 new cases in Lea County

• 4 new cases in Luna County

• 2 new cases in McKinley County

• 2 new cases in Otero County

• 1 new case in Quay County

• 7 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 4 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 14 new cases in Sandoval County

• 8 new cases in San Juan County

• 4 new cases in San Miguel County

• 10 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Taos County

• 2 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

5:33 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center report today six new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths for the Navajo Nation.

The total number of cases is 31,160 while the number of virus-related deaths is 1,364.

"Mask up, get vaccinated, and continue to take precautions to protect yourselves and others from COVID-19 and the Delta variant. The states of Arizona and Utah are reporting surges in new infections, mostly among people who are not vaccinated for COVID-19. We are in this fight against this virus together, so please think of others and think of your loved ones," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

He urged residents to wear face masks in public, even when traveling away from the tribal land.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,650
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,989
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,692
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,942
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,765
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,306
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,802
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,995

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

There are 29,694 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 285,723 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Thursday, July 15

7:24 p.m.: New Mexico health officials on Thursday reported155 new COVID-19 cases, including six in San Juan County. 

The Department of Health also reported 10 more COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, including a man in his 70s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans rose to 4,372 on July 15. The pandemic’s toll in San Juan County climbed to 501 on July 15.

On July 15, there were 86 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections, and there were 195,881 people across the state who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and who have since recovered, according to the Department of Health.

The state 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 facility in San Juan County:

• Aztec Healthcare in Aztec

The state listed the most recent cases by county: 

• 23 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 6 new cases in Chaves County

• 2 new cases in Curry County

• 25 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 11 new cases in Eddy County

• 3 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 5 new cases in Lea County

• 2 new cases in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Luna County

• 11 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 2 new cases in Otero County

• 9 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 2 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 9 new cases in Sandoval County

• 6 new cases in San Juan County

• 8 new cases in San Miguel County

• 9 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Socorro County

• 2 new cases in Torrance County

• 9 new cases in Valencia County

• 5 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 new COVID-19 cases on July 15 were:

88081 - 13

88220 - 10

87031 - 7

87532 - 7

87401 - 6

87701 - 6

88005 - 6

87507 - 5

87111 - 4

87124 - 4

New Mexico has reported a total of 207,002 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

Bernalillo County: 59,545

Catron County: 97

Chaves County: 9,103

Cibola County: 2,919

Colfax County: 800

Curry County: 5,367

De Baca County: 178

Doña Ana County: 25,262

Eddy County: 6,998

Grant County: 1,764

Guadalupe County: 477

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 381

Lea County: 8,465

Lincoln County: 1,776

Los Alamos County: 546

Luna County: 3,415

McKinley County: 12,455

Mora County: 177

Otero County: 4,098

Quay County: 540

Rio Arriba County: 3,850

Roosevelt County: 2,046

Sandoval County: 12,374

San Juan County: 15,807

San Miguel County: 1,432

Santa Fe County: 10,724

Sierra County: 782

Socorro County: 1,336

Taos County: 1,774

Torrance County: 894

Union County: 261

Valencia County: 6,979

5:40 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report 22 new cases of COVID-19 and one more virus-related death.

Today's update raises the total number of cases to 31,154. The death toll is 1,364 and includes one death where delayed reporting occurred.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,649
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,988
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,691
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,942
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,763
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,305
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,802
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,995

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

There are 29,682 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 285,723 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Wednesday, July 14

6:52 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 16 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death related to the virus today.

According to the update by health officials, the total number of cases is 31,132 and includes nine where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,362.

"Our contact tracers indicate that some of the new cases are directly related to travel off the Navajo Nation, in which individuals attended large public events in large cities then returned home and spread the virus to their family members," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

He added, "we have to do better and keep pushing back on COVID-19 and Delta variant by getting more of our people fully vaccinated and wearing masks in public. Our health care workers are fighting for us every day, so think of them and their families who are making sacrifices to save lives. We are in this together and we have to continue to fight back against the variants."

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,645
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,987
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,688
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,933
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,762
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,303
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,800
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,995

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

There are 29,674 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 285,318 tests have been conducted.

The Shiprock Service Unit will have a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 15 at Toadlena-Two Grey Hills Chapter.

For more information, contact the Shiprock Health Promotion at 505-368-6300.

4:13 p.m.: State health officials reported 180 new COVID-19 cases on July 14, including six in San Juan County, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state on Wednesday reported three more deaths related to COVID-19:

  • A man in his 60s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized.
  • A man in his 40s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 50s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions. This death happened more than 30 days ago and was just added to the state's count.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 4,362.

San Juan County has reached 500 deaths as of today's count. The county has reported 15,801 cases since the pandemic began.

As of today, there are 97 people under treatment at New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections. 

There were 195,789 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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 in San Juan County:

  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec

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

• 62 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 7 new cases in Chaves County

• 1 new case in Cibola County

• 5 new cases in Curry County

• 18 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 5 new cases in Eddy County

• 2 new cases in Grant County

• 4 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 6 new cases in Lea County

• 2 new cases in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 4 new cases in Luna County

• 7 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 2 new cases in Otero County

• 1 new case in Quay County

• 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 2 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 16 new cases in Sandoval County

• 6 new cases in San Juan County

• 3 new cases in San Miguel County

• 10 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Socorro County

• 4 new cases in Taos County

• 6 new cases in Valencia County

New Mexico has reported a total of 206,846 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

Bernalillo County: 59,522

Catron County: 97

Chaves County: 9,097

Cibola County: 2,919

Colfax County: 800

Curry County: 5,365

De Baca County: 178

Doña Ana County: 25,243

Eddy County: 6,987

Grant County: 1,764

Guadalupe County: 474

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 379

Lea County: 8,460

Lincoln County: 1,773

Los Alamos County: 546

Luna County: 3,414

McKinley County: 12,444

Mora County: 176

Otero County: 4,096

Quay County: 540

Rio Arriba County: 3,841

Roosevelt County: 2,044

Sandoval County: 12,365

San Juan County: 15,801

San Miguel County: 1,424

Santa Fe County: 10,715

Sierra County: 782

Socorro County: 1,334

Taos County: 1,774

Torrance County: 892

Union County: 261

Valencia County: 6,970

Updates for Tuesday, July 13

5:56 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, along with other agencies, reported six new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation July 13 and no new deaths. 

“The total number of deaths remains 1,361 as previously reported,” a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President said. The release noted 29,666 recoveries from COVID-19. 

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 31,107.

There have been 284,540 COVID-19 tests given on the tribal lands. 

“As of today, we have 11 confirmed cases of the Delta variant on the Navajo Nation, along with several other variants,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. “Our contact tracers are doing their best to mitigate and isolate those cases to prevent any further spread, but it ultimately comes down to personal responsibility. Each of us has a personal responsibility to wear a mask in public and to take precautions to protect ourselves and others.”

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

• Chinle Service Unit: 5,644

• Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,987

• Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 3,687

• Gallup Service Unit: 4,931

• Kayenta Service Unit: 2,757

• Shiprock Service Unit: 5,295

• Tuba City Service Unit: 3,792

• Winslow Service Unit: 1,995

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

5:30 p.m.: State health officials reported 116 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico on Tuesday, five of them in San Juan County. 

They also reported one new death, a woman in her 60s from Otero County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents reached 4,359 on July 13, 499 of those in San Juan County.

There were 83 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infection on July 13.

Also as of July 13, there were 195,751 people diagnosed with COVID-19 who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

• Aztec Healthcare in Aztec

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

• 35 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 5 new cases in Curry County

• 18 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 6 new cases in Eddy County

• 1 new case in Hidalgo County

• 3 new cases in Lea County

• 1 new case in Luna County

• 4 new cases in McKinley County

• 6 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 11 new cases in Sandoval County

• 5 new cases in San Juan County

• 4 new cases in San Miguel County

• 5 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 8 new cases in Taos County

• 1 new case in Valencia County

New Mexico has now had a total of 206,666 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 59,460

• Catron County: 97

• Chaves County: 9,090

• Cibola County: 2,918

• Colfax County: 800

• Curry County: 5,360

• De Baca County: 178

• Doña Ana County: 25,225

• Eddy County: 6,982

• Grant County: 1,762

• Guadalupe County: 474

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 375

• Lea County: 8,454

• Lincoln County: 1,771

• Los Alamos County: 545

• Luna County: 3,410

• McKinley County: 12,437

• Mora County: 175

• Otero County: 4,094

• Quay County: 539

• Rio Arriba County: 3,837

• Roosevelt County: 2,042

• Sandoval County: 12,349

• San Juan County: 15,795

• San Miguel County: 1,421

• Santa Fe County: 10,705

• Sierra County: 782

• Socorro County: 1,333

• Taos County: 1,770

• Torrance County: 892

• Union County: 261

• Valencia County: 6,964

Updates for Monday, July 12

11 p.m.: There were 301 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday in New Mexico by state health officials that were counted over the three-day weekend reporting period of Saturday, July 10, through Monday, July 12. 

Four more deaths were also reported over that timeframe:

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

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

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

• A male in his 70s from Doña Ana County who had had underlying conditions. His death occurred more than 30 days ago and was added to the state’s count on Monday.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents reached 4,358 on July 12, 499 of those deaths in San Juan County. The county reported 16 new cases over the weekend reporting period for a total of 15,790 cases since the pandemic began.

On July 12 there were 77 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections. 

There were 195,689 people previously diagnosed with COVID-19 who have recovered as of July 12, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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 in San Juan County:

• Aztec Healthcare in Aztec

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

• 98 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 7 new cases in Chaves County

• 1 new case in Cibola County

• 11 new cases in Curry County

• 26 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 8 new cases in Eddy County

• 3 new cases in Grant County

• 3 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 2 new cases in Lincoln County

• 2 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 10 new cases in Luna County

• 12 new cases in McKinley County

• 9 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 3 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 33 new cases in Sandoval County

• 16 new cases in San Juan County

• 3 new cases in San Miguel County

• 26 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Socorro County

• 13 new cases in Taos County

• 1 new case in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 10 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

New Mexico has now had a total of 206,551 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

Bernalillo County: 59,425

Catron County: 97

Chaves County: 9,090

Cibola County: 2,918

Colfax County: 800

Curry County: 5,355

De Baca County: 178

Doña Ana County: 25,207

Eddy County: 6,976

Grant County: 1,762

Guadalupe County: 474

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 374

Lea County: 8,451

Lincoln County: 1,771

Los Alamos County: 545

Luna County: 3,410

McKinley County: 12,433

Mora County: 175

Otero County: 4,088

Quay County: 539

Rio Arriba County: 3,834

Roosevelt County: 2,042

Sandoval County: 12,338

San Juan County: 15,790

San Miguel County: 1,417

Santa Fe County: 10,700

Sierra County: 782

Socorro County: 1,333

Taos County: 1,762

Torrance County: 892

Union County: 261

Valencia County: 6,963

5:50 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report today four new cases of COVID-19 and no recent deaths related to the virus.

The total number of cases is now 31,100 and the death toll is 1,361.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,644
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,987
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,686
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,929
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,757
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,292
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,792
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,994

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

There are 29,660 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 284,178 tests have been conducted.

Update for Sunday, July 11

The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported two new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation and three new deaths.

The pandemic has claimed 1,361 people on the tribal lands as of Sunday.

A release from the Office of the President and Vice President said a full report will be available on Monday.

Update for Saturday, July 10

4:18 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reported today 13 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation.

The agencies did not report any additional deaths related to the virus.

A full breakdown on cases and in which IHS service unit will be available on July 12 but the death toll for the tribe remains at 1,358.

"The Delta variant has created surges in COVID-19 infections in several states including Utah and Arizona. We are not out of this pandemic, but our public health experts have given us the necessary guidance to keep ourselves safe including getting vaccinated and continuing to wear a mask in public. If you travel off the Navajo Nation, wear a mask in public. We have to continue to be very cautious and push back on this virus," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in the press release from his office.

Updates for Friday, July 9

11:17 p.m.: The Navajo Nation reported 14 new cases of the COVID-19 on Friday and one recent death.

The figures released by the Navajo Department of Health bring the total number of cases on the reservation to 31,081 since the pandemic began. The death toll is 1,358.

The Navajo Nation recently relaxed restrictions to allow visitors to travel on the reservation and visit popular attractions like Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley. 

While cases are down, Navajo leaders are urging residents to continue wearing masks and get vaccinated.

"The numbers of COVID-19 cases are rising in the Four Corners states, especially in Arizona and Utah," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. "If you travel off the Navajo Nation, we strongly urge you to wear a mask in public at all times. The Delta variant is now the dominant strain across the country, and it has been reported here on the Navajo Nation as well. Personal responsibility is the key to staying safe and reducing the spread of the variants."

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,644
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,986
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,685
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,925
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,754
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,288
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,787
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,993

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

— A staff and wire report

11:08 p.m.: New Mexico state health officials announced 125 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including four in San Juan County.

The Department of Health also reported one new death in New Mexico related to COVID-19, a man in his 60s from Torrance County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,354 on Friday. There have been 499 deaths due to the pandemic in San Juan County, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of July 9, 77 people were being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections. 

There were 195,354 COVID-19 people as of Friday who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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 in San Juan County:

  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 43 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 5 new cases in Chaves County

• 1 new case in Colfax County

• 4 new cases in Curry County

• 6 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 1 new case in Eddy County

• 1 new case in Grant County

• 1 new case in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 3 new cases in Luna County

• 7 new cases in McKinley County

• 5 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 2 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 10 new cases in Sandoval County

• 4 new cases in San Juan County

• 9 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Sierra County

• 1 new case in Socorro County

• 13 new cases in Taos County

• 4 new cases in Valencia County

New Mexico has now had a total of 206,252 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 59,327

• Catron County: 97

• Chaves County: 9,083

• Cibola County: 2,917

• Colfax County: 800

• Curry County: 5,345

• De Baca County: 178

• Doña Ana County: 25,181

• Eddy County: 6,968

• Grant County: 1,759

• Guadalupe County: 474

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 371

• Lea County: 8,451

• Lincoln County: 1,769

• Los Alamos County: 543

• Luna County: 3,400

• McKinley County: 12,422

• Mora County: 175

• Otero County: 4,088

• Quay County: 539

• Rio Arriba County: 3,825

• Roosevelt County: 2,039

• Sandoval County: 12,305

• San Juan County: 15,774

• San Miguel County: 1,414

• Santa Fe County: 10,674

• Sierra County: 782

• Socorro County: 1,332

• Taos County: 1,749

• Torrance County: 891

• Union County: 260

• Valencia County: 6,953

Updates for Thursday, July 8

11:30 p.m.: State health officials on Thursday reported 132 new COVID-19 cases and six new COVID-19-related deaths in New Mexico.

Four were recent deaths:

  • A man in his 20s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.
  • A man in his 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized.
  • A man in his 80s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

Two more deaths occurred more than 30 days ago and were just reported:

  • A man in his 60s from Cibola County who was hospitalized.
  • A man in his 40s from Guadalupe County who had underlying conditions.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents is now 4,353.

As of July 8, there are 67 [people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections. 

There were 195,263 COVID-19 patients in the state who have recovered according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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 in San Juan County:

• Aztec Healthcare in Aztec

• Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington

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

• 46 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Chaves County

• 3 new cases in Curry County

• 9 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 4 new cases in Eddy County

• 2 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 3 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 1 new case in Lea County

• 1 new case in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 2 new cases in Luna County

• 11 new cases in McKinley County

• 3 new cases in Otero County

• 2 new cases in Quay County

• 7 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 8 new cases in Sandoval County

• 10 new cases in San Juan County

• 9 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Socorro County

• 4 new cases in Taos County

• 3 new cases in Valencia County

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

87151 - 14

87121 - 8

87124 - 5

87105 - 4

87108 - 3

87305 - 3

87375 - 3

87401 - 3

87508 - 3

87527 - 3

New Mexico has reported a total of 206,128 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 59,285

Catron County: 97

Chaves County: 9,078

Cibola County: 2,917

Colfax County: 799

Curry County: 5,341

De Baca County: 178

Doña Ana County: 25,175

Eddy County: 6,967

Grant County: 1,758

Guadalupe County: 474

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 371

Lea County: 8,451

Lincoln County: 1,768

Los Alamos County: 542

Luna County: 3,397

McKinley County: 12,415

Mora County: 175

Otero County: 4,083

Quay County: 539

Rio Arriba County: 3,822

Roosevelt County: 2,037

Sandoval County: 12,295

San Juan County: 15,770

San Miguel County: 1,414

Santa Fe County: 10,665

Sierra County: 781

Socorro County: 1,331

Taos County: 1,736

Torrance County: 891

Union County: 260

Valencia County: 6,949

6:25 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw a bump in new COVID-19 infections with 24 new cases reported today by health officials.

"The Navajo Department of Health reported that the increase in new infections reported on Thursday is due to family cluster cases related to recent travel to Las Vegas," the press release from the Office of the President and Vice President states.

Contact tracers are continuing their investigation to determine the extent of exposures and to determine if the individuals had been vaccinated, according to the release.

"This serves as a strong reminder that the variants, including the dominant Delta variant, continue to pose a threat. We need to be very cautious and always wear a mask when you travel on or off the Navajo Nation and when you visit family members who live in separate households. The data across the country shows that states with lower vaccination rates are now having surges in new cases of COVID-19," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the release.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,644
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,985
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,685
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,924
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,752
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,288
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,777
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,993

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

The total number of cases is 31,067. The update had no additional virus-related deaths, keeping the death toll at 1,357.

There are 29,645 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 283,322 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Wednesday, July 7

5:45 p.m.: There were eight new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation, health officials reported today.

The report listed no additional deaths related to the virus. The total number of cases is 31,043 while the death toll is 1,357.

"As we begin to welcome visitors and tourists back to the Navajo Nation, we have to keep our guard up and continue to take precautions to prevent another surge in COVID-19 cases. We ask all visitors and tourists to adhere to our public health orders including the mask mandate that requires everyone to wear a mask in public," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,636
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,984
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,684
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,919
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,752
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,287
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,770
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,992

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

There are 29,642 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 283,123 tests have been conducted.

5 p.m.: New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 83 new COVID-19 cases, two of those in San Juan County.

The new cases bring the state's overall count to 205,996 cases since the pandemic began.

The state also reported one recent death, a woman in her 40s from Guadalupe County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans is now 4,347.

On Wednesday there were 70 people in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections. 

Also as of July 7, there were 195,187 COVID-19 patients who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

None of San Juan County's Zip Codes were listed among the top 10 counties with the most new infections.

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 in San Juan County:

  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington

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

• 27 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Chaves County

• 2 new cases in Curry County

• 5 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 3 new cases in Luna County

• 1 new case in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Otero County

• 2 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 3 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 10 new cases in Sandoval County

• 2 new cases in San Juan County

• 1 new case in San Miguel County

• 14 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 8 new cases in Valencia County

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

New Mexico has now had a total of 205,996 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 59,239

• Catron County: 97

• Chaves County: 9,076

• Cibola County: 2,917

• Colfax County: 799

• Curry County: 5,338

• De Baca County: 178

• Doña Ana County: 25,166

• Eddy County: 6,963

• Grant County: 1,758

• Guadalupe County: 472

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 368

• Lea County: 8,450

• Lincoln County: 1,767

• Los Alamos County: 541

• Luna County: 3,395

• McKinley County: 12,404

• Mora County: 175

• Otero County: 4,080

• Quay County: 537

• Rio Arriba County: 3,815

• Roosevelt County: 2,037

• Sandoval County: 12,287

• San Juan County: 15,760

• San Miguel County: 1,414

• Santa Fe County: 10,656

• Sierra County: 781

• Socorro County: 1,330

• Taos County: 1,732

• Torrance County: 891

• Union County: 260

• Valencia County: 6,946

Updates for Tuesday, July 6

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

"Today, we signed a resolution lifting certain restrictions that will allow parks and schools to reopen under safety protocols and requirements. We've had consistent low numbers of COVID-19 infections and lower numbers of deaths over the last few months, but we are not out of the pandemic yet," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

He added, "we remain cautiously optimistic that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, but we have to continue to keep our guard up and to get more of our people fully vaccinated. Please remember that the mask mandate is still in place for the entire Navajo Nation, including visitors and tourists. Please continue to take precautions and stay safe as we move forward."

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,636
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,984
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,684
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,917
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,747
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,286
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,770
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,992

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

The total number of cases is 31,035. No additional deaths were in the update, keeping the death toll is 1,357.

There are 29,639 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 282,715 tests have been conducted.

The president's office will have a town hall at 10 a.m. on July 7 on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

4:18 p.m.: State health officials released four days-worth of COVID-19 case counts Tuesday and reported two new deaths, including a San Juan County resident.

The pandemic has claimed 4,346 New Mexico residents.

The new deaths related to COVID-19 were:

  •  A woman in her 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.
  •  A man in his 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There were 203 new COVID-19 cases reported between July 3 and July 6, 13 of them in San Juan County. The county has seen 15,758 cases since the pandemic began. New Mexico has reported a total of 205,915 COVID-19 cases.

There were 62 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections as of Tuesday. 

As of Tuesday there were 195,126 COVID-19 patients who have recovered since the pandemic began, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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 in San Juan County:

• Aztec Healthcare in Aztec

• Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington

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

• 60 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Chaves County

• 4 new cases in Cibola County

• 4 new cases in Curry County

• 32 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 3 new cases in Eddy County

• 3 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Lea County

• 1 new case in Lincoln County

• 2 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 6 new cases in Luna County

• 15 new cases in McKinley County

• 4 new cases in Otero County

• 8 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 1 new case in Roosevelt County

• 12 new cases in Sandoval County

• 13 new cases in San Juan County

• 3 new cases in San Miguel County

• 10 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 6 new cases in Taos County

• 10 new cases in Valencia County

• 1 new case 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

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

87121 - 14

87031 - 10

87105 - 7

87120 - 7

88012 - 7

87410 - 6

88005 - 6

88030 - 6

87111 - 5

87113 - 5

Updates for Monday, July 5

4:23 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation – four on Sunday and seven on Monday, according to a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

One new death was also reported on Sunday.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 infections reached 1,357 as of Monday. New COVID-19 cases and deaths were not reported on Monday due to the July 4 holiday, the news release said.

“We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend, said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. "Please be safe and continue to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. We are still in the midst of this pandemic, so keep your guard up and don’t let up. Vaccines are the key to overcoming this virus and our goal is to reach community immunity. Be safe and continue to pray for all of our men and women on the frontlines.”

Updates for Sunday, July 4

See combined Sunday/Monday update immediately above.

The Updates for Saturday, July 3

Navajo Nation on Saturday reported five new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths.

A statement released by tribal officials said the additional deaths increased the tribe's pandemic death toll to 1,356.

The statement did not provide an updated count of total cases among residents of the sprawling reservation that includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Tribal officials did not immediately respond to a query but a statement released Friday by the tribe had said that the number of positive cases stood at 31,012.

"Reporting of new COVID-19 cases will resume on Monday, due to the Fourth of July holiday on Sunday," a release from the Office of the President and Vice President stated.

— A staff and wire report

Updates for Friday, July 2

7:05 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and partnering health agencies report three new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation today. No additional virus-related deaths were in the update.

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

Chinle Service Unit: 5,633

Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,978

Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,683

Gallup Service Unit: 4,912

Kayenta Service Unit: 2,747

Shiprock Service Unit: 5,282

Tuba City Service Unit: 3,766

Winslow Service Unit: 1,992

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

The total number of cases is 31,012 while 1,354 people have died because of the virus.

There are 29,617 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 282,056 tests have been conducted.

"We've come a long way from where we were this time last year when we were reporting hundreds of new cases of COVID-19 on a daily basis. Because of the Navajo people and all of our frontline warriors, we now have consistent low numbers of new infections. As we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, do not let up your guard and keep taking precautions," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

4:30 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health reported 86 new cases of COVID-19 for the state today.

There was one death listed in the report, a woman in her 90s from Doña Ana County. The death toll for the state is 4,344.

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

  • 22 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 9 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 4 new cases in Luna County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 7 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 5 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 11 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Sierra County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 2 new cases in Torrance County
  • 3 new cases in Valencia County

The state now has 205,715 cases since the start of the pandemic last March. There are 67 individuals hospitalized in the state. That number includes residents and non-residents.

As of today, there are 194,687 cases designated as having recovered by the Department of Health.

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on July 2 are:

8732 - 7

87114 - 6

87144 - 5

88005 - 5

88030 - 4

87107 - 3

87507 -3

87508 - 3

88081 - 3

87035 - 2

2:22 p.m.: A mobile team from Northern Navajo Medical Center will administer COVID-19 vaccine doses before the fireworks show this evening in Shiprock.

The team will make their way from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through the main parking area for the drive-up fireworks show at the Northern Navajo Nation Fairgrounds, according to the Shiprock Indian Health Service Facebook page.

The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered. Vaccines are available to people 12 and over. Minors ages 12-18 need to be with a responsible adult.

"If you have some young people in your family who have not had their COVID vaccination yet, or friends and family who need their first or second shot, bring them along to see the fireworks … and to get their shot," the post states.

According to a July 1 press release from the Office of the President and Vice President, the Navajo Nation Fair Office is coordinating fireworks show in Shiprock and in Tuba City, Window Rock and Chinle in Arizona to encourage families to stay local for the holiday weekend.

"Remaining on the Navajo Nation during the holiday weekend allows us to continue pushing back on COVID-19 and the Delta variant, which continues to spread in other regions and states across the country. Based on the data and the trends, it is much safer to remain here on the Navajo Nation at this time until we see a decline in new infections outside of our nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the release.

Updates for Thursday, July 1

5:05 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw four new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths in today's report from health officials.

"For over one year, our health care experts have given us the tools and guidance needed to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Everyone has a personal responsibility to continue taking precautions and keeping themselves safe. We are encouraging all Navajo Nation residents to stay local this holiday weekend due to the growing spread of the Delta variants in regions off the Navajo Nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,633
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,978
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,683
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,912
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,747
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,279
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,765
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,992

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

The total number of cases is 31,008. The death toll remains at 1,354.

There are 29,616 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 281,904 tests have been conducted.

4 p.m.: State health officials reported 87 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico on Thursday and three recent deaths: 

  • A man in his 40s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 60s from Rio Arriba County who had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 70s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions. This death occurred more than 30 days ago, but was not recorded as a COVID-19-related death until Thursday.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents reached 4,343 on Thursday.

The state has reported a total of 205,629 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

San Juan County has reported 15,740 cases since the pandemic began and 497 deaths.

There are 72 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals on Thursday due to COVID-19 infections. 

Also on Thursday, there were 194,605 COVID-19 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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:

  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington

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

  • 13 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 13 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 3 new cases in McKinley County
  • 2 new cases in Otero County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 8 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 10 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 7 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 4 new cases in Taos County
  • 2 new cases in Torrance County
  • 5 new cases in Valencia County

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

  • 87507 - 5
  • 87124 - 4
  • 87532 - 4
  • 88081 - 4
  • 87004 - 3
  • 87031 - 3
  • 87107 - 3
  • 87420 - 3
  • 88011 - 3
  • 88023 - 3

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