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

The Daily Times staff

Welcome to the August edition of The Farmington Daily Times' daily COVID-19 news and stats blog.

Fake cards = real crimes

News flash from the state: If you use a fake vaccination card you may get a heavy fine and up to six months in the lockup. It turns out that making those fake cards is a federal crime.

“Individuals who violate state Public Health Orders or the New Mexico Public Health Act may be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 per violation and up to six months in jail,” according to a joint news release today from state law enforcement, education and health officials. “Making or using fake vaccination cards is also a federal crime if it includes the unauthorized use of the seal of an official government agency.

The release targets what the state agencies called a “cottage industry” of providing fake vaccination cards to people who want to avoid COVID-19 safety protocols and masking rules.

“These fake COVID vaccine cards threaten the health of our communities. Any fraudulent cards need to be reported to law enforcement immediately,” said Department of Public Safety Interim Secretary Tim Johnson.

Anyone who suspects there has been fraudulent use of a vaccination card can call the Department of Health at 1-833-551-0518.

Numbers still climbing in New Mexico

The news at the start of this month Wasn't too good, as the Delta variant, which is rampaging all over the world, has made itself at home in New Mexico as well. Mid-month the local numbers are still climbing, as are statewide numbers. 

As of Aug. 2 New Mexico had counted 211,492 reported cases of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. On Aug. 18 that number was 221,960, a gain of 10,468 cases.

There were 148 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections on Aug. 2. On Aug. 18 there were 353 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Wednesday due to COVID-19.

Here's some of what Daily Times reporter Josh Kellogg reported on Aug. 1:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified San Juan County as having a substantial level of community transmission of COVID-19, urging the community to wear face masks indoors — including those who are fully vaccinated.

New Mexico Department of Health data on July 12 listed San Juan County having 285 Alpha (B.1.1.17), 28 Gamma (P.1) and 17 Delta (B.1.617.2) COVID-19 cases.

The state data on July 26 listed the county having 295 Alpha, 28 Gamma and 29 Delta variant cases of COVID-19.

San Juan was outpacing every county including Bernalillo, which on July 26 had 237 Alpha, eight Gamma and 17 Delta variant cases of COVID-19, according to the state health department.

Substantial transmission is listed as at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week, according to the CDC.

It is the classification of San Juan County with substantial transmission that leads the CDC to urge those are fully vaccinated in the county to wear face masks indoors as the highly contagious Delta variant moves across the U.S.

Health officials urge unvaccinated people to sign up and get the vaccine. A list or resources is below.

Case number updates from the July blog 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: https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/covid-19
  • Navajo Health Command Operations Center: 928-871-7014
  • State coronavirus website: cv.nmhealth.org

Updates for Tuesday, Aug. 31

5:35 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 54 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional virus-related deaths today.

The total number of cases is 32,600. This number includes delayed reporting for one case. The death toll remains at 1,403.

"Wear a mask in public, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and keep taking precautions at home and in public to help reduce the risks of COVID-19. If you or a loved one is planning an in-person social or family gathering, please encourage them to hold off until we see a consistent decline in new cases," 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 last March from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,951
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,129
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,866
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,189
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,883
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,520
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,965
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,069

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

There are 30,902 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 314,907 tests have been conducted.

4:40 p.m.: State health officials on Tuesday reported 827 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and six new deaths.

As of Tuesday, the pandemic had claimed the lives of 4,518 New Mexicans.

The six new deaths in reported Tuesday were:

  • A woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 70s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions.
  • A second man in his 70s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Skies Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
  • A woman in her 60s from Chaves County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 50s from Lea County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s from Roosevelt County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Goodlife Senior Living in Portales.

There have been 232,614 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the pandemic began. Of those cases, 17,116 were in San Juan County. The county has reported 510 deaths as of Tuesday since the start of the pandemic. San Juan County reported 48 of the new cases listed on Tuesday.

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

• 87701 - 77

• 88240 - 59

• 88220 - 37

• 88101 - 35

• 88260 - 33

• 87120 - 27

• 87105 - 22

• 87401 - 22

• 88203 - 21

• 88242 - 19

There were 406 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections. 

There were 202,502 people as of Tuesday who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico since the pandemic began and who have since recovered, according to the state Department of Health.

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

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • Life Care Center in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 179 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 45 new cases in Chaves County

• 6 new cases in Cibola County

• 1 new case in Colfax County

• 37 new cases in Curry County

• 1 new case in De Baca County

• 43 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 42 new cases in Eddy County

• 1 new case in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 125 new cases in Lea County

• 8 new cases in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 7 new cases in Luna County

• 29 new cases in McKinley County

• 2 new cases in Mora County

• 10 new cases in Otero County

• 8 new cases in Quay County

• 12 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 34 new cases in Sandoval County

• 48 new cases in San Juan County

• 81 new cases in San Miguel County

• 35 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 5 new cases in Sierra County

• 6 new cases in Socorro County

• 16 new cases in Taos County

• 8 new cases in Torrance County

• 31 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

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

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of New Mexico's 232,614 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 66,140

• Catron County: 124

• Chaves County: 10,650

• Cibola County: 3,078

• Colfax County: 940

• Curry County: 6,338

• De Baca County: 211

• Doña Ana County: 26,964

• Eddy County: 9,148

• Grant County: 1,894

• Guadalupe County: 539

• Harding County: 14

• Hidalgo County: 511

• Lea County: 11,332

• Lincoln County: 2,233

• Los Alamos County: 617

• Luna County: 3,607

• McKinley County: 13,188

• Mora County: 217

• Otero County: 4,862

• Quay County: 744

• Rio Arriba County: 4,203

• Roosevelt County: 2,387

• Sandoval County: 13,691

• San Juan County: 17,116

• San Miguel County: 1,908

• Santa Fe County: 11,671

• Sierra County: 862

• Socorro County: 1,465

• Taos County: 2,013

• Torrance County: 1,068

• Union County: 276

• Valencia County: 7,847

Updates for Monday, Aug. 30

5:55 p.m.: The Navajo Nation is ending the month with 17 new cases of COVID-19, health officials reported today.

Based on infections from Aug. 13 to Aug. 26, the Navajo Department of Health issued a health advisory notice for 36 communities on the tribal land.

Beclabito, Nageezi, Sheep Springs, Shiprock and Upper Fruitland in San Juan County are in the list.

Other communities in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah are Aneth, Baca-Prewitt, Becenti, Birdsprings, Breadsprings, Chichiltah, Chinle, Church Rock, Coppermine, Coyote Canton, Crownpoint, Ganado, Hardrock, Indian Wells, Iyanbito, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Low Mountain, Lukachukai, Many Farms, Rock Springs, Smith Lake, Sweetwater, Tachee-Blue Gap, Teec Nos Pos, Teesto, Thoreau, Tohatchi, Tonalea, Tuba City and Twin Lakes.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,947
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,124
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,859
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,180
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,879
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,509
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,962
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,066

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

The total number of cases is 32,545.

No recent virus-related deaths were in the update, keeping the death toll at 1,403.

There are 30,857 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 313,601 tests have been conducted.

5:11 p.m.: State health officials reported 2,286 new COVID-19 cases were recorded over a weekend reporting period that spanned Aug. 28 to Aug. 30.

The state also reported seven more deaths during that period:

  • A woman in her 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 30s from Eddy County who was hospitalized.
  • A male in his 50s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s from Lincoln County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 80s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,512 on Monday.

There were 394 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Monday due to COVID-19 infections. 

There have been 231,785 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the pandemic began. Of those cases, 17,068 were in San Juan County. The county has reported 510 deaths as of Monday since the start of the pandemic.

There were 202,111 people since the pandemic began who, as of Monday, had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico and who have recovered, according to the state Department of Health.

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

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 551 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 150 new cases in Chaves County

• 11 new cases in Cibola County

• 18 new cases in Colfax County

• 137 new cases in Curry County

• 1 new case in De Baca County

• 215 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 198 new cases in Eddy County

• 8 new cases in Grant County

• 4 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Harding County

• 7 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 160 new cases in Lea County

• 41 new cases in Lincoln County

• 3 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 29 new cases in Luna County

• 31 new cases in McKinley County

• 3 new cases in Mora County

• 96 new cases in Otero County

• 11 new cases in Quay County

• 36 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 31 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 86 new cases in Sandoval County

• 137 new cases in San Juan County

• 77 new cases in San Miguel County

• 73 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 6 new cases in Sierra County

• 24 new cases in Socorro County

• 33 new cases in Taos County

• 20 new cases in Torrance County

• 2 new cases in Union County

• 73 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

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

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

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of New Mexico's 231,785 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 65,962

• Catron County: 124

• Chaves County: 10,606

• Cibola County: 3,072

• Colfax County: 938

• Curry County: 6,301

• De Baca County: 210

• Doña Ana County: 26,920

• Eddy County: 9,106

• Grant County: 1,893

• Guadalupe County: 538

• Harding County: 14

• Hidalgo County: 509

• Lea County: 11,206

• Lincoln County: 2,225

• Los Alamos County: 616

• Luna County: 3,599

• McKinley County: 13,160

• Mora County: 215

• Otero County: 4,852

• Quay County: 736

• Rio Arriba County: 4,191

• Roosevelt County: 2,386

• Sandoval County: 13,656

• San Juan County: 17,068

• San Miguel County: 1,827

• Santa Fe County: 11,636

• Sierra County: 857

• Socorro County: 1,458

• Taos County: 1,997

• Torrance County: 1,060

• Union County: 275

• Valencia County: 7,817

Updates for Sunday, Aug. 29

3:11 p.m.: There will be a COVID-19 vaccination event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Aug. 30 at Diné College's north campus in Shiprock, according to the Shiprock Indian Health Service Facebook page.

A team from Northern Navajo Medical Center will administer vaccine doses to individuals 12 years and older and are current patients of health care facilities under the Shiprock Service Unit of the Navajo Area IHS.

Adolescents ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and those seeking a second shot need to bring their "COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card" to the event.

Information about the $100 incentive offered by the New Mexico Department of Health for state residents getting a dose of the vaccine will be provided at the event.

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center report 24 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation.

Today's update had no additional deaths related to the virus.

The total number of cases since the pandemic started is 32,528. There have been 1,403 people who have died.

There are 30,800 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 311,722 tests have been conducted.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,945
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,124
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,858
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,177
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,877
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,505
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,957
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,066

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

Updates for Saturday, Aug. 28

4:30 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health is reporting 35 new cases of COVID-19 along with three more deaths. 

Health officials for the Navajo Nation on Aug. 28 state there have been a total of 1,403 deaths and 32,504 total cases of COVID-19 since the global pandemic started.

There are 30,757 cases of people who have recovered from COVID-19 with 311,722 total COVID-19 tests administered.

"The safest place to be is at home here on the Navajo Nation. Contact tracers are finding that many new infections are caused by travel off the Navajo Nation and in-person gatherings where individuals let down their guard and do not wear masks. The choices we make each day impact our loved ones and others that we come in contact with, so please make every effort to be safe. Keep taking precautions, mask up, and get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. We are in this together," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement.

The Navajo 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: 5,933
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,123
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,856
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,172
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,875
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,503
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,957
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,066

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

Updates for Friday, Aug. 27

9:56 p.m.: State health officials reported 958 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 56 of them in San Juan County.

The state also reported nine new COVID-19-related deaths on Friday, bringing the total number of number of deaths among New Mexicans to 4,505. The nine deaths were:

  • A man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A second man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s from Cibola County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 50s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized.
  • A man in his 40s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 50s from Lincoln County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 20s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 40s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 40s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

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

• 88201 - 56

• 88240 - 55

• 88101 - 54

• 88220 - 51

• 88203 - 45

• 87401 - 29

• 88210 - 26

• 87121 - 24

• 87114 - 20

• 87701 - 20

As of Friday, Aug. 27, there were 362 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections – a drop of 71 patients since the day before.

There are 201,026 people who were once diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state found 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 listed the most recent cases by county:

• 175 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 105 new cases in Chaves County

• 9 new cases in Cibola County

• 17 new cases in Colfax County

• 55 new cases in Curry County

• 3 new cases in De Baca County

• 74 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 84 new cases in Eddy County

• 3 new cases in Grant County

• 2 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 79 new cases in Lea County

• 23 new cases in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 10 new cases in Luna County

• 31 new cases in McKinley County

• 2 new cases in Mora County

• 24 new cases in Otero County

• 12 new cases in Quay County

• 10 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 10 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 34 new cases in Sandoval County

• 56 new cases in San Juan County

• 26 new cases in San Miguel County

• 41 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Sierra County

• 7 new cases in Socorro County

• 10 new cases in Taos County

• 7 new cases in Torrance County

• 37 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of New Mexico's 229,509 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 65,412

• Catron County: 122

• Chaves County: 10,456

• Cibola County: 3,062

• Colfax County: 920

• Curry County: 6,164

• De Baca County: 209

• Doña Ana County: 26,711

• Eddy County: 8,908

• Grant County: 1,885

• Guadalupe County: 534

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 502

• Lea County: 11,047

• Lincoln County: 2,184

• Los Alamos County: 613

• Luna County: 3,570

• McKinley County: 13,129

• Mora County: 212

• Otero County: 4,756

• Quay County: 725

• Rio Arriba County: 4,155

• Roosevelt County: 2,355

• Sandoval County: 13,570

• San Juan County: 16,931

• San Miguel County: 1,751

• Santa Fe County: 11,563

• Sierra County: 851

• Socorro County: 1,434

• Taos County: 1,964

• Torrance County: 1,040

• Union County: 273

• Valencia County: 7,744

5:47 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report 38 new cases of COVID-19 and no recent virus-related deaths.

"Due to the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in border towns and cities off the Navajo Nation, we strongly urge our residents to limit travel. We have increased numbers of daily cases here on the Navajo Nation, but to the same extent as other regions around our nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said.

He added, "the safest place to be is at home here on the Navajo Nation."

The Navajo 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: 5,928
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,120
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,851
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,169
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,873
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,495
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,950
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,064

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

The total number of cases is 32,469. This number includes delayed reporting for one case. The death toll remains at 1,400.

There are 30,703 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 311,722 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Thursday, Aug. 26

5:27 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other health agencies for the Navajo Nation report 55 new cases of COVID-19 today.

There was one additional virus-related death in the update. This increases the death toll to 1,400.

The Department of Health "advises" the public to report COVID-19 exposures on its website, www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19, according to the update.

The update states that this action helps the department compile information and mitigation efforts.

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: 5,924
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,109
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,850
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,163
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,872
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,487
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,943
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,063

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

The total number of cases is 32,430 and includes one where delayed reporting occurred.

There are 30,633 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 310,657 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Wednesday, Aug. 25

11 p.m.: The state reported five new COVID-19-related deaths in New Mexico on Wednesday and 770 new cases, 39 of them in San Juan County.

The number of deaths among New Mexicans related to COVID-19 reached 4,488 on Wednesday, according to a daily report issued by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The five new COVID-19-related deaths are:

  • A woman in her 40s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 30s from Hidalgo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 50s from Lea County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 30s from Otero County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s from Otero County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There were 433 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on Wednesday. There are 200,471 people once diagnosed in New Mexico with COVID-19 who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state has found 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:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield

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

• 235 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 34 new cases in Chaves County

• 4 new cases in Cibola County

• 7 new cases in Colfax County

• 32 new cases in Curry County

• 2 new cases in De Baca County

• 33 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 57 new cases in Eddy County

• 6 new cases in Grant County

• 2 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 106 new cases in Lea County

• 8 new cases in Lincoln County

• 6 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 4 new cases in Luna County

• 34 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 15 new cases in Otero County

• 4 new cases in Quay County

• 7 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 12 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 33 new cases in Sandoval County

• 39 new cases in San Juan County

• 5 new cases in San Miguel County

• 18 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Sierra County

• 3 new cases in Socorro County

• 14 new cases in Taos County

• 1 new case in Torrance County

• 35 new cases in Valencia County

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

• 7 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County

Detention Facility Below is a breakdown of New Mexico’s 227,636 COVID-19 cases by county:

• Bernalillo County: 65,020

• Catron County: 120

• Chaves County: 10,277

• Cibola County: 3,034

• Colfax County: 901

• Curry County: 6,070

• De Baca County: 205

• Doña Ana County: 26,562

• Eddy County: 8,778

• Grant County: 1,880

• Guadalupe County: 530

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 497

• Lea County: 10,875

• Lincoln County: 2,152

• Los Alamos County: 611

• Luna County: 3,556

• McKinley County: 13,067

• Mora County: 207

• Otero County: 4,706

• Quay County: 699

• Rio Arriba County: 4,124

• Roosevelt County: 2,334

• Sandoval County: 13,499

• San Juan County: 16,830

• San Miguel County: 1,709

• Santa Fe County: 11,466

• Sierra County: 844

• Socorro County: 1,419

• Taos County: 1,936

• Torrance County: 1,026

• Union County: 273

• Valencia County: 7,682

5:30 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other health agencies for the Navajo Nation report 57 new COVID-19 cases and one death related to the virus.

"We are aware of the concerns regarding COVID-19 risks in schools. It's crucial that parents keep their children home if they have symptoms related to COVID-19 to avoid the possible spread of the virus among students, teachers and others. It's been over one year that we've been dealing with COVID-19. We know what the risks are, and we know how to protect ourselves," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in today's update.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,910
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,108
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,847
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,147
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,872
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,471
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,939
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,061

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

The total number of cases is 32,374. The tally includes two cases that were delayed in reporting. There have been 1,399 people who have died.

There are 30,608 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 309,692 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Tuesday, Aug. 24

10:22 p.m.: New Mexico health officials on Tuesday report 876 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths.

The statewide case count since the pandemic began reached 226,868, according to the daily report from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The number of deaths among New Mexicans due to COVID-19 reached 4,483 on Tuesday.

The two new COVID-19-related deaths reported Tuesday were:

  • A man in his 80s from Curry County who had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 70s from McKinley County who was hospitalized.

There were 426 people in New Mexico hospitals under treatment for COVID-19 infections on Tuesday.

There are 200,248 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 who have since recovered, according to the Department of Health.

The state has found 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:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 254 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 18 new cases in Chaves County

• 13 new cases in Cibola County

• 3 new cases in Colfax County

• 42 new cases in Curry County

• 48 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 49 new cases in Eddy County

• 2 new cases in Grant County

• 2 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 139 new cases in Lea County

• 14 new cases in Lincoln County

• 5 new cases in Luna County

• 12 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 28 new cases in Otero County

• 8 new cases in Quay County

• 7 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 7 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 58 new cases in Sandoval County

• 55 new cases in San Juan County

• 29 new cases in San Miguel County

• 21 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Sierra County

• 4 new cases in Socorro County

• 11 new cases in Taos County

• 5 new cases in Torrance County

• 38 new cases in Valencia County

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

• 5 new cases in Torrance County

• 38 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

  • 88240 - 84
  • 88101 - 41
  • 88220 - 37
  • 87121 - 32
  • 87120 - 30
  • 88260 - 30
  • 87031 - 27
  • 87401 - 27
  • 87114 - 26
  • 87701 - 25

New Mexico's 226,868 COVID-19 cases are broken down below by county:

• Bernalillo County: 64,784

• Catron County: 120

• Chaves County: 10,243

• Cibola County: 3,030

• Colfax County: 894

• Curry County: 6,038

• De Baca County: 203

• Doña Ana County: 26,528

• Eddy County: 8,721

• Grant County: 1,874

• Guadalupe County: 528

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 495

• Lea County: 10,769

• Lincoln County: 2,144

• Los Alamos County: 605

• Luna County: 3,552

• McKinley County: 13,035

• Mora County: 206

• Otero County: 4,691

• Quay County: 695

• Rio Arriba County: 4,117

• Roosevelt County: 2,322

• Sandoval County: 13,467

• San Juan County: 16,792

• San Miguel County: 1,704

• Santa Fe County: 11,447

• Sierra County: 841

• Socorro County: 1,416

• Taos County: 1,922

• Torrance County: 1,025

• Union County: 273

• Valencia County: 7,647

5:25 p.m.: Health agencies for the Navajo Nation report today 37 new COVID-19 cases and one more death related to the virus.

There have been 32,315 cases since the pandemic started. This includes two cases where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is now 1,398.

The Navajo 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: 5,891
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,102
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,846
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,142
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,867
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,462
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,927
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,059

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

There are 30,539 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 308,404 tests have been conducted.

"With the Pfizer vaccine now having full approval from the Federal Drug Administration, we are hopeful that we will see an increase in the vaccine percentage on the Navajo Nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

He added, "the best chance we have against COVID-19 and the Delta variant is to get more people fully vaccinated, wear masks in public and keep taking precautions."

Updates for Monday, Aug. 23

5:40 p.m.: Health officials said Monday that the three-day reporting period running from Aug. 21 to Aug. 23 yielded 2,201 newly-reported COVID-19 cases statewide.

The statewide case total since the pandemic began reached 225,994 on Monday, the New Mexico Department of Health said in a news release. 

San Juan County, which has seen 16,737 total cases and 507 deaths since the pandemic began, registered 129 new cases during the three-day reporting period.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,481 on Monday.

There were nine more COVID-19-related deaths reported during that same period:

  • A man in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 20s from De Baca County who had been hospitalized.
  • A woman in her 70s from Eddy County.
  • A second female in her 70s from Eddy County who had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 70s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 90s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 90s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 60s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Her death happened more than 30 days ago but the death certificate was just recently filed.

There were 352 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Monday due to COVID-19 infections.

There are 200,060 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 who have since recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state has found 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:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 501 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 164 new cases in Chaves County

• 8 new cases in Cibola County

• 4 new cases in Colfax County

• 114 new cases in Curry County

• 1 new case in De Baca County

• 163 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 179 new cases in Eddy County

• 19 new cases in Grant County

• 6 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 6 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 169 new cases in Lea County

• 25 new cases in Lincoln County

• 9 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 15 new cases in Luna County

• 89 new cases in McKinley County

• 5 new cases in Mora County

• 80 new cases in Otero County

• 17 new cases in Quay County

• 38 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 30 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 126 new cases in Sandoval County

• 129 new cases in San Juan County

• 38 new cases in San Miguel County

• 101 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 4 new cases in Sierra County

• 7 new cases in Socorro County

• 36 new cases in Taos County

• 15 new cases in Torrance County

• 74 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

• 23 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 infections during the three-day reporting period were:

  • 88101 - 107
  • 88220 - 106
  • 88240 - 101
  • 88203 - 90
  • 87121 - 74
  • 87124 - 65
  • 87401 - 63
  • 88210 - 62
  • 87114 - 55
  • 88201 - 54

Below is a breakdown of New Mexico’s 225,994 COVID-19 cases by county:

• Bernalillo County: 64,530

• Catron County: 120

• Chaves County: 10,225

• Cibola County: 3,019

• Colfax County: 891

• Curry County: 5,996

• De Baca County: 203

• Doña Ana County: 26,480

• Eddy County: 8,672

• Grant County: 1,872

• Guadalupe County: 526

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 495

• Lea County: 10,630

• Lincoln County: 2,130

• Los Alamos County: 605

• Luna County: 3,547

• McKinley County: 13,023

• Mora County: 205

• Otero County: 4,662

• Quay County: 687

• Rio Arriba County: 4,110

• Roosevelt County: 2,315

• Sandoval County: 13,409

• San Juan County: 16,737

• San Miguel County: 1,675

• Santa Fe County: 11,426

• Sierra County: 839

• Socorro County: 1,412

• Taos County: 1,911

• Torrance County: 1,020

• Union County: 273

• Valencia County: 7,609

5:38 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health has placed 36 communities on its advisory notice for uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

Communities on the list are Baca-Prewitt, Becenti, Birdsprings, Chichiltah, Chinle, Coppermine, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Dennehotso, Ganado, Hardrock, Indian Wells, Inscription House, Iyanbito, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Leupp, Littlewater, Low Mountain, Lukachukai, Many Farms, Naschitti, Nazlini, Rock Springs, Rough Rock, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Smith Lake, Tachee-Blue Gap, Teesto, Tohatchi, Tonalea, Tsaile-Wheatfields, Tsayatoh, Upper Fruitland and Whippoorwill.

The department made its determination based on cases from Aug. 6 to Aug. 19.

Northern Navajo Medical Center will hold a vaccination clinic for COVID-19 on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, both from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Shiprock Chapter house in Shiprock.

The hospital is partnering with the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to offer free gas for receiving the vaccine.

More information about the vaccination clinic and incentive is on the Shiprock Indian Health Service Facebook page.

Officials reported 24 new cases of the virus today, rising the total number of cases to 32,276.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,884
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,102
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,846
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,131
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,867
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,459
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,912
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,056

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

There were no additional deaths in the report. This keeps the death toll at 1,397. There are 30,539 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 307,375 tests have been conducted.

Updates about COVID-19 will be provided during an online town hall at 10 a.m. on Aug. 24 on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

Updates for Sunday, Aug. 22

All Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or be required to submit to regular testing, according to an executive order announced by President Jonathan Nez on Sunday.

The new rules apply to full, part-time and temporary employees, including those working for tribal enterprises like utilities, shopping centers and casinos. Any worker who does not show proof of vaccination by Sept. 29 must be tested every two weeks or face discipline.

"The bottom line is that we do not want to have another large surge in new COVID-19 cases that would harm our health care system and lead to more lives lost," Nez said in a statement.

More than 80% of the tribe's workers are already fully vaccinated but Nez said getting the rest inoculated is needed to ensure the workforce on the reservation can serve tribal members.

The tribe reported 30 news cases on Sunday and no new deaths. The tribe has confirmed 32,252 COVID-19 cases and 1,397 deaths.

Vaccine appointments are widely available.

— The Associated Press

Updates for Saturday, Aug. 21

8:13 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Epidemiology Center and Navajo Area Indian Health Service report 46 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation on Saturday.

The agencies also report that two more people have died because of the virus.These latest figures rise the total number of cases to 32,219 and bring the death toll to 1,397.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,869
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,091
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,845
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,120
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,862
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,455
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,904
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,054

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

There are 30,435 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 305,587 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Friday, Aug. 20

5:45 p.m.: Today health officials reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional virus-related death for the Navajo Nation.

The update released by the Office of the President and Vice President states that an order was issued that requires executive branch employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. No additional details about the order were in the update.

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: 5,863
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,086
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,844
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,108
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,860
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,437
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,902
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,053

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

The tribe has had 32,172 cases and 1,395 people have died since the pandemic began.

There are 30,388 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 305,587 tests have been conducted.

"The number of Delta cases are on the rise in all regions and states surrounding the Navajo Nation, so we need to be very careful if we travel to border towns and cities. Wear a mask in public whether you're on or off the Navajo Nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

4:35 p.m.: Health officials reported 871 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and nine more deaths, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Health. 

There have been 223,796 cases of the virus reported in the state since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases, 41 were reported in San Juan County.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,472 on Friday. The nine deaths reported Friday were:

  • A woman in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 60s from Chaves County. The individual had underlying conditions. 
  • A woman in her 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 70s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A woman in her 40s from Lea County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 60s from Lea County. The individual was a resident of Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs.
  • A woman in her 80s from Lea County. The individual was a resident of Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs. 
  • A man in his 70s from McKinley County. 
  • A woman in her 60s from Harding County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Her death happened more than 30 days ago but her death certificate was just recently issued.

As of today, there are 385 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections.

Recoveries of people diagnosed in New Mexico since the pandemic began number 199,401, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 169 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Catron County

• 69 new cases in Chaves County

• 9 new cases in Cibola County

• 12 new cases in Colfax County

• 43 new cases in Curry County

• 36 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 63 new cases in Eddy County

• 8 new cases in Grant County

• 16 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 4 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 114 new cases in Lea County

• 15 new cases in Lincoln County

• 3 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 4 new cases in Luna County

• 27 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 27 new cases in Otero County

• 12 new cases in Quay County

• 16 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 23 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 55 new cases in Sandoval County

• 41 new cases in San Juan County

• 10 new cases in San Miguel County

• 27 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 4 new cases in Sierra County

• 9 new cases in Socorro County

• 5 new cases in Taos County

• 18 new cases in Torrance County

• 19 new cases in Valencia County

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

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of New Mexico’s 223,796 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 64,028

Catron County: 118

Chaves County: 10,061

Cibola County: 3,012

Colfax County: 887

Curry County: 5,882

De Baca County: 202

Doña Ana County: 26,318

Eddy County: 8,494

Grant County: 1,853

Guadalupe County: 520

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 489

Lea County: 10,461

Lincoln County: 2,105

Los Alamos County: 596

Luna County: 3,533

McKinley County: 12,935

Mora County: 200

Otero County: 4,582

Quay County: 670

Rio Arriba County: 4,072

Roosevelt County: 2,285

Sandoval County: 13,283

San Juan County: 16,607

San Miguel County: 1,637

Santa Fe County: 11,325

Sierra County: 835

Socorro County: 1,405

Taos County: 1,875

Torrance County: 1,005

Union County: 273

Valencia County: 7,535

Updates for Thursday, Aug. 19

5:17 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 80 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths related to the virus today.

The recent tallies brings the total number of cases to 32,148 and rises the death toll to 1,394.

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: 5,863
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,085
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,841
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,105
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,858
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,433
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,899
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,045

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

There are 30,342 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 304,686 tests have been conducted.

4:36 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health reported 968 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and four more COVID-19-related deaths, including that of an unidentified San Juan County man.

The number brings the statewide caseload since the pandemic reached New Mexico to 222,927 cases.

San Juan County reported 40 new cases Thursday. The county has logged a total of 16,566 cases since the pandemic began and 505 deaths.

COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans rose to 4,463 on Thursday.

The four deaths reported Thursday were:

  • A man in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in her 30s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 60s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized 
  • A man in his 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. His death happened more than 30 days ago, and his death certificate was just recorded.

There were 356 people hospitalized in New Mexico on Thursday due to COVID-19 infections.

As of Thursday, 199,170 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state has found 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:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 199 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 104 new cases in Chaves County

• 8 new cases in Cibola County

• 9 new cases in Colfax County

• 32 new cases in Curry County

• 75 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 87 new cases in Eddy County

• 4 new cases in Grant County

• 5 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 3 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 158 new cases in Lea County

• 20 new cases in Lincoln County

• 2 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 4 new cases in Luna County

• 25 new cases in McKinley County

• 8 new cases in Mora County

• 26 new cases in Otero County

• 4 new cases in Quay County

• 10 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 21 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 29 new cases in Sandoval County

• 40 new cases in San Juan County

• 25 new cases in San Miguel County

• 21 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 7 new cases in Sierra County

• 4 new cases in Socorro County

• 11 new cases in Taos County

• 8 new cases in Torrance County

• 17 new cases in Valencia County

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of New Mexico’s 222,927 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 63,859

Catron County: 117

Chaves County: 9,992

Cibola County: 3,003

Colfax County: 875

Curry County: 5,838

De Baca County: 202

Doña Ana County: 26,296

Eddy County: 8,431

Grant County: 1,845

Guadalupe County: 504

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 485

Lea County: 10,348

Lincoln County: 2,092

Los Alamos County: 593

Luna County: 3,529

McKinley County: 12,908

Mora County: 199

Otero County: 4,553

Quay County: 658

Rio Arriba County: 4,056

Roosevelt County: 2,262

Sandoval County: 13,230

San Juan County: 16,566

San Miguel County: 1,627

Santa Fe County: 11,298

Sierra County: 831

Socorro County: 1,396

Taos County: 1,870

Torrance County: 987

Union County: 273

Valencia County: 7,516

Updates for Wednesday, Aug. 18

11 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 60 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation Wednesday and two new deaths.

The pandemic has claimed 1,392 lives on the tribal lands, according to a news release by the Office of the President and Vice President.

"The report indicates that 30,330 individuals have recovered from COVID-19," the release stated, and 303,161 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 32,068, including 11 delayed reported cases.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by service unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,840
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,071
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,838
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,089
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,855
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,426
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,889
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,041

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

4:40 p.m.: State health officials reported 878 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 35 in San Juan County, according to the New Mexico Department of Health's daily update. 

The death toll among New Mexico residents due to the pandemic reached 4,459 on Wednesday. Four new COVID-19-related deaths were reported Wednesday:

  • A woman in her 40s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 50s from Curry County who had been hospitalized.
  • A woman in her 80s from Otero County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 90s from Quay County who had been hospitalized.

There were 353 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Wednesday due to COVID-19.

There are 199,037 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico who are designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health. There have been 221,960 reported COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

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 facilities in San Juan County:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

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

• 271 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 62 new cases in Chaves County

• 5 new cases in Cibola County

• 12 new cases in Colfax County

• 13 new cases in Curry County

• 1 new case in De Baca County

• 46 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 59 new cases in Eddy County

• 2 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Hidalgo County

• 123 new cases in Lea County

• 14 new cases in Lincoln County

• 1 new case in Los Alamos County

• 8 new cases in Luna County

• 30 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 15 new cases in Otero County

• 11 new cases in Quay County

• 18 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 11 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 54 new cases in Sandoval County

• 35 new cases in San Juan County

• 5 new cases in San Miguel County

• 30 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Sierra County

• 5 new cases in Socorro County

• 3 new cases in Taos County

• 12 new cases in Torrance County

• 27 new cases in Valencia County

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of New Mexico’s 221,960 reported COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 63,660

• Catron County: 115

• Chaves County: 9,888

• Cibola County: 2,994

• Colfax County: 866

• Curry County: 5,806

• De Baca County: 202

• Doña Ana County: 26,221

• Eddy County: 8,345

• Grant County: 1,841

• Guadalupe County: 499

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 482

• Lea County: 10,190

• Lincoln County: 2,072

• Los Alamos County: 591

• Luna County: 3,525

• McKinley County: 12,883

• Mora County: 191

• Otero County: 4,527

• Quay County: 654

• Rio Arriba County: 4,046

• Roosevelt County: 2,241

• Sandoval County: 13,201

• San Juan County: 16,526

• San Miguel County: 1,602

• Santa Fe County: 11,277

• Sierra County: 824

• Socorro County: 1,392

• Taos County: 1,859

• Torrance County: 979

• Union County: 273

• Valencia County: 7,500

Updates for Tuesday, Aug. 17

6:28 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation reported today 33 new COVID-19 cases and no recent deaths related to the virus.

The Navajo Department of Health issued a new health advisory for 28 communities because of uncontrolled spread of COVID-19, based on cases from July 30 to Aug. 12.

Naschitti, Newcomb, Sheep Springs, Shiprock and Upper Fruitland in San Juan County are under advisory.

Other communities from across the tribal land on the list are Baca-Prewitt, Becenti, Chichiltah, Cove, Crownpoint, Dennehotso, Ganado, Hard Rock, Houck, Inscription House, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Leupp, Nazlini, Ramah, Red Lake, Rock Springs, Shonto, Smith Lake, St. Michaels, Teesto, Tonalea and Tsayatoh.

"There is an increase in Delta variant cases here on the Navajo Nation, but so far, we do not see a surge in hospitalizations and that's likely due to the high percentage of people who are fully vaccinated. The data shows that the vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe symptoms and hospitalizations. Continue to take precautions and to minimize in-person social and family gatherings until we see a consistent reduction in new cases," tribal President Jonathan Nez said.

The 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: 5,828
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,066
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,825
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,080
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,846
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,416
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,878
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,039

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

The total number of cases is 31,997 and includes seven where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll remains at 1,390.

There are 30,295 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 302,191 tests have been conducted.

4:32 p.m.: New Mexico Department of Health officials on Tuesday reported 749 new COVID-19 cases and four new deaths.

The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 infections grew Tuesday by 37 new patients. There were 341 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections. On Monday 304 people were hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19.

Of the new cases reported Tuesday, 28 were in San Juan County, which has not reported a single death over the past two weeks. The county has reported 16,491 cases and 504 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 4,455, the department stated in a news release.

The four new deaths were:

  • A woman in her 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 50s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 70s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The statewide case count since the pandemic began now totals 221,086 . 

As of Tuesday, there were 198,958 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico who have recovered, according to the state 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 facilities in San Juan County:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 171 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 24 new cases in Chaves County

• 8 new cases in Cibola County

• 8 new cases in Colfax County

• 22 new cases in Curry County

• 69 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 65 new cases in Eddy County

• 1 new case in Grant County

• 4 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 140 new cases in Lea County

• 19 new cases in Lincoln County

• 5 new cases in Luna County

• 5 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 15 new cases in Otero County

• 5 new cases in Quay County

• 21 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 13 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 38 new cases in Sandoval County

• 28 new cases in San Juan County

• 14 new cases in San Miguel County

• 20 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 4 new cases in Sierra County

• 9 new cases in Taos County

• 6 new cases in Torrance County

• 33 new cases in Valencia County

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

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of New Mexico’s 221,086 COVID-19 cases:

• Bernalillo County: 63,391

• Catron County: 115

• Chaves County: 9,826

• Cibola County: 2,989

• Colfax County: 854

• Curry County: 5,793

• De Baca County: 201

• Doña Ana County: 26,175

• Eddy County: 8,287

• Grant County: 1,839

• Guadalupe County: 498

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 481

• Lea County: 10,067

• Lincoln County: 2,058

• Los Alamos County: 590

• Luna County: 3,517

• McKinley County: 12,853

• Mora County: 190

• Otero County: 4,512

• Quay County: 643

• Rio Arriba County: 4,028

• Roosevelt County: 2,231

• Sandoval County: 13,147

• San Juan County: 16,491

• San Miguel County: 1,597

• Santa Fe County: 11,247

• Sierra County: 822

• Socorro County: 1,387

• Taos County: 1,856

• Torrance County: 967

• Union County: 273

• Valencia County: 7,473

Updates for Monday, Aug. 16

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

The total number of cases is 31,957 and includes 13 where delayed reporting occurred.

"Today's number of new cases is low compared to recent days, but we acknowledge that it is likely due to delayed reporting over the weekend. The mask mandate remains in effect for the entire Navajo Nation and that includes all businesses and schools," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

He added that officials "continue to encourage" eligible individuals to get fully vaccinated and to minimize in-person social and family gatherings.

No additional deaths related to the virus were in the report, keeping the death toll at 1,390.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,824
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,060
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,816
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,075
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,843
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,408
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,876
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,036

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

There are 30,227 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 300,808 tests have been conducted.

4:34 p.m.: State health officials on Monday said 1,776 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths were reported over a three-day reporting period that started on Aug. 14 and ended on Aug. 16.

Of those new cases, 107 were reported in San Juan County, which has not reported a single death over the past two weeks. The county has logged 16,463 cases and 504 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,451 on Monday.

The five COVID-19-related deaths announced Monday were:

  • A man in his 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.
  • A man in his 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 80s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. He was a resident of the Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) facility in Albuquerque.
  • A woman in her 80s from Rio Arriba County was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 40s from Santa Fe County who had been was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. This death happened more than 30 days ago and was reported Monday.

There are 304 people currently hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections. 

On Monday, there were 198,816 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico 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:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 541 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 6 new cases in Catron County

• 137 new cases in Chaves County

• 4 new cases in Cibola County

• 59 new cases in Curry County

• 2 new cases in De Baca County

• 114 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 163 new cases in Eddy County

• 10 new cases in Grant County

• 4 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 3 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 109 new cases in Lea County

• 23 new cases in Lincoln County

• 8 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 6 new cases in Luna County

• 51 new cases in McKinley County

• 3 new cases in Mora County

• 62 new cases in Otero County

• 10 new cases in Quay County

• 17 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 23 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 111 new cases in Sandoval County

• 107 new cases in San Juan County

• 25 new cases in San Miguel County

• 65 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 5 new cases in Sierra County

• 5 new cases in Socorro County

• 10 new cases in Taos County

• 14 new cases in Torrance County

• 6 new cases in Union County

• 70 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

  • 88220 - 122
  • 87121 - 86
  • 88203 - 74
  • 87114 - 60
  • 88240 - 59
  • 88101 - 56
  • 87124 - 54
  • 87105 - 49
  • 87401 - 48
  • 88201 - 48

New Mexico has reported total of 220,340 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

Bernalillo County: 63,221

Catron County: 115

Chaves County: 9,802

Cibola County: 2,981

Colfax County: 846

Curry County: 5,771

De Baca County: 201

Doña Ana County: 26,107

Eddy County: 8,222

Grant County: 1,838

Guadalupe County: 494

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 481

Lea County: 9,926

Lincoln County: 2,039

Los Alamos County: 590

Luna County: 3,512

McKinley County: 12,848

Mora County: 189

Otero County: 4,497

Quay County: 638

Rio Arriba County: 4,007

Roosevelt County: 2,218

Sandoval County: 13,110

San Juan County: 16,463

San Miguel County: 1,583

Santa Fe County: 11,227

Sierra County: 818

Socorro County: 1,387

Taos County: 1,847

Torrance County: 961

Union County: 273

Valencia County: 7,440

Updates for Sunday, Aug. 15

9:15 p.m.: The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported 37 more COVID-19 cases and one additional death as the tribe gets ready to return to "Orange Status" on Monday due to the recent rise of coronavirus cases.

The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 31,920 cases and 1,390 known deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The Navajo Nation had reported 67 cases and one death on Friday and 62 cases plus two deaths Saturday.

On Aug. 9, the Navajo Department of Health issued a health advisory notice for 19 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

The Navajo Department of Health on Thursday issued three new public health emergency orders for businesses and schools while revising in-person gathering limits for certain events.

The tribe's mask mandate remains in effect, but there is no daily curfew or lockdown on the reservation that is the country's largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The 50% maximum occupancy level remains in place for restaurants (including indoor dining, drive-thru, curbside and outdoor dining) plus tribal casinos, hotels, campgrounds and RV parks.

— The Associated Press

Updates for Saturday, Aug. 14

The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 62 new COVID-19 positive cases on the Navajo Nation and two new deaths. The total number of deaths is now 1,389. No other figures were released in Saturday's news update from the Office of the President and Vice President.

Updates for Friday, Aug. 13

5:08 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 67 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation, and one new death.

The total number of deaths reached 1,387 on Friday.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez warned residents to be get active, particularly where school mask policies are concerned.

"I understand that there is great concern for students who are returning to school," Nez said in the news release. "In one of this week's public health orders, our public health experts advised that schools offer hybrid learning and virtual learning for those who are 12 years and younger. We encourage parents to be proactive in voicing their concerns to the school boards as well."

"We can issue orders from the central government, but it's ultimately in the hands of school boards to implement those measures to help keep students safe. We all have a part to play in this pandemic, so please be very cautious and wear a mask at all times in public," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

4:48 p.m.: Hospitalization rates remained high on Friday as state health officials reported 798 new COVID-19 infections, 33 of those in San Juan County.

There have been 218,569 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the start of the pandemic, the New Mexico Department of Health reported in a news release.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,446 on Friday.

The state's news release reported five new COVID-19-related deaths:

  • A woman in her 60s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 60s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 50s from Eddy County who had been hospitalized.
  • A male in his 80s Eddy County who had been hospitalized.

There were 296 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Friday due to COVID-19 infections. Yesterday there were 293 people hospitalized. On Aug. 5 there were 203 people in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19.

There are 198,398 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 cases 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:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

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

• 197 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 53 new cases in Chaves County

• 7 new cases in Cibola County

• 7 new cases in Colfax County

• 18 new cases in Curry County

• 42 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 83 new cases in Eddy County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 1 new case in Hidalgo County

• 104 new cases in Lea County

• 18 new cases in Lincoln County

• 2 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 9 new cases in Luna County

• 22 new cases in McKinley County

• 43 new cases in Otero County

• 5 new cases in Quay County

• 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 17 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 37 new cases in Sandoval County

• 33 new cases in San Juan County

• 8 new cases in San Miguel County

• 28 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Sierra County

• 7 new cases in Socorro County

• 2 new cases in Taos County

• 6 new cases in Torrance County

• 40 new cases in Valencia County

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

New Mexico has reported a 218,569 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Here is a county-by-county breakdown:

Bernalillo County: 62,682

Catron County: 109

Chaves County: 9,665

Cibola County: 2,977

Colfax County: 846

Curry County: 5,712

De Baca County: 199

Doña Ana County: 25,995

Eddy County: 8,060

Grant County: 1,828

Guadalupe County: 490

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 478

Lea County: 9,817

Lincoln County: 2,016

Los Alamos County: 582

Luna County: 3,506

McKinley County: 12,797

Mora County: 186

Otero County: 4,435

Quay County: 628

Rio Arriba County: 3,990

Roosevelt County: 2,195

Sandoval County: 12,999

San Juan County: 16,356

San Miguel County: 1,558

Santa Fe County: 11,162

Sierra County: 813

Socorro County: 1,382

Taos County: 1,837

Torrance County: 947

Union County: 267

Valencia County: 7,370

Updates for Thursday, Aug. 12

9:15 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, along with other health agencies, report today 39 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths related to the virus.

Because of the recent rise in new infections on the tribal land, the department issued new public health emergency orders that declare orange status for businesses and schools and revise limits on certain in-person gatherings.

These orders go into effect on Aug. 16 and are available on the department's website for COVID-19 information.

The department, along with the 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: 5,779
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,047
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,761
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,046
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,825
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,389
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,860
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,028

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

The total number of cases is 31,754 while the death toll remains at 1,386.

There are 30,078 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 298,185 tests have been conducted.

4:47 p.m.: New Mexico health officials on Thursday reported 1,281 COVID-19 cases, but many of those cases are old tests that were only recently reported by one test site. 

The state's total of cases since the pandemic began rose to 217,773 on Thursday.

"Out of the 612 cases reported today in Lea County, 331 are considered historical (meaning more than 14 days have passed since the specimen was collected) and should not be considered as reflecting the current levels of community transmission," a New Mexico Department of Health news release stated. "Those late-arriving cases are the result of one late-reporting facility and date back over the course of at least 6 months. Out of the 612 cases reported today, 281 are within 14 days of the date of specimen collection and are considered recent (acute) cases."

There were 293 people who were hospitalized in New Mexico on Thursday due to COVID-19 infections. There were 258 people hospitalized on Wednesday and 250 on Tuesday.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 4,441. 

The Department of Health on Thursday reported four more COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans:

  • A man in his 70s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 80s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 60s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized. His death occurred more than 30 days ago.  

"COVID related deaths are reported when a death certificate has been issued and some death certificates are delayed due to insufficient information," the news release noted.

As of Thursday, there were 198,143 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico who are  designated as having recovered by 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 the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 136 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 94 new cases in Chaves County

• 5 new cases in Cibola County

• 2 new cases in Colfax County

• 21 new cases in Curry County

• 85 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 81 new cases in Eddy County

• 7 new cases in Grant County

• 2 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 3 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 612 new cases in Lea County*

• 26 new cases in Lincoln County

• 5 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 2 new cases in Luna County

• 28 new cases in McKinley County

• 2 new cases in Mora County

• 21 new cases in Otero County

• 3 new cases in Quay County

• 5 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 1 new case in Roosevelt County

• 32 new cases in Sandoval County

• 24 new cases in San Juan County

• 14 new cases in San Miguel County

• 33 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Sierra County

• 2 new cases in Socorro County

• 4 new cases in Taos County

• 5 new cases in Torrance County

• 22 new cases in Valencia County

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

* Out of the 612 cases reported today in Lea County, 331 are considered historical and should not be considered as reflecting the current levels of community transmission

New Mexico case totals, reaching 217,773 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started, are broken down by county below:

Bernalillo County: 62,485

Catron County: 109

Chaves County: 9,612

Cibola County: 2,970

Colfax County: 839

Curry County: 5,694

De Baca County: 199

Doña Ana County: 25,954

Eddy County: 7,977

Grant County: 1,828

Guadalupe County: 489

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 477

Lea County: 9,713

Lincoln County: 1,998

Los Alamos County: 580

Luna County: 3,497

McKinley County: 12,775

Mora County: 186

Otero County: 4,392

Quay County: 623

Rio Arriba County: 3,986

Roosevelt County: 2,178

Sandoval County: 12,962

San Juan County: 16,323

San Miguel County: 1,550

Santa Fe County: 11,135

Sierra County: 810

Socorro County: 1,375

Taos County: 1,835

Torrance County: 940

Union County: 267

Valencia County: 7,330

Updates for Wednesday, Aug. 11

5:57 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report today 49 new COVID-19 cases and two more virus-related deaths.

The update states that the Navajo Department of Health will issue a new public health emergency order to revert to orange status on the tribe's reopening plan because of the rise in new infections.

Orange status is the second highest level in the reopening framework with moderate to high restrictions for businesses and other entities.

"The details are being worked out, including capacity levels for businesses," tribal President Jonathan Nez said. "Based on contact tracing, it does not appear that new infections are occurring in businesses, but rather through in-person social and family gatherings where masks and other safety protocols are not followed."

He added, "we are seeing cluster cases in a few communities that contributed to the high number of new COVID-19 cases reported today. If you attend a social or family gathering, please wear a mask and take precautions to keep yourself safe and healthy. Contact tracers are finding that many of the new cases are due to in-person family gatherings where people let their guard down."

The 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: 5,772
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,045
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,751
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,041
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,819
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,387
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,857
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,024

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

The total number of cases is 31,715. The death toll is 1,386.

There are 30,062 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 297,027 tests have been conducted.

5:46 p.m.: State health officials reported rising hospitalization numbers as they announced there were 713 new COVID-19 cases counted on Wednesday and seven more deaths.

San Juan County reported 39 of those new cases, bringing the county's total case count since the pandemic began to 16,299, with 504 COVID-19-related deaths. Statewide there have been 216,494 cases.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents rose to 4,437 on Wednesday.

Four recent deaths were:

  • A woman in her 100s from Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 40s from Doña Ana County who had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 90s from Doña Ana County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s from Grant County who had been hospitalized.

Death certificates were filed Wednesday for these deaths that happened more than 30 days ago:

  • A man in his 40s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 70s from Doña Ana County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 60s from Guadalupe County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

There were 258 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday there were 197,868 COVID-19 people who had been diagnosed in this state with COVID-19 and have since 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 these long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 175 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 3 new cases in Catron County

• 53 new cases in Chaves County

• 2 new cases in Cibola County

• 7 new cases in Colfax County

• 21 new cases in Curry County

• 7 new cases in De Baca County

• 51 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 67 new cases in Eddy County

• 5 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 5 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 80 new cases in Lea County

• 10 new cases in Lincoln County

• 5 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 6 new cases in Luna County

• 27 new cases in McKinley County

• 17 new cases in Otero County

• 8 new cases in Quay County

• 16 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 12 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 41 new cases in Sandoval County

• 39 new cases in San Juan County

• 7 new cases in San Miguel County

• 18 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Sierra County

• 1 new case in Socorro County

• 3 new cases in Torrance County

• 20 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

Updates for Tuesday, Aug. 10

6:33 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, in partnership with other health agencies, reports 16 new cases of COVID-19 today for the Navajo Nation.

One additional death related to the virus was listed in the report. There have been 31,666 cases since the start of the pandemic and the number of deaths is 1,384.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,751
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,039
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,746
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,036
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,819
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,384
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,850
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,022

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

There are 30,055 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 296,492 tests have been conducted.

5:20 p.m.: New Mexico health officials reported 688 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and five new deaths, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Health. 

The statewide case total since the pandemic began rose to 215,781 on Tuesday. San Juan County, which saw 22 new cases reported Tuesday, has logged a total of 16,260 cases since the pandemic began.

The five deaths related to COVID-19 were:

  • A woman in her 60s from Eddy County who had been hospitalized. 
  • A woman in her 60s from Eddy County who had underlying conditions.
  • A woman in her 40s from McKinley County whose death occurred more than 30 days ago and was just reported by the state. 
  • A woman in her 80s from Otero County who was a resident of Good Samaritan Betty Dare facility in Alamogordo. Her death occurred more than 30 days ago and was just reported by the state.
  • A woman in her 90s from Otero County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Good Samaritan Betty Dare facility in Alamogordo. Her death occurred more than 30 days ago and was just reported by the state.

There have been 4,430 COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans since the pandemic began, the release said.

There were 250 people who were hospitalized in New Mexico on Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections.

On Tuesday there were 197,786 patients diagnosed in the state 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 the following long-term care facilities:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 202 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Catron County

• 15 new cases in Chaves County

• 3 new cases in Cibola County

• 4 new cases in Colfax County

• 10 new cases in Curry County

• 3 new cases in De Baca County

• 47 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 68 new cases in Eddy County

• 2 new cases in Grant County

• 2 new cases in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 131 new cases in Lea County

• 24 new cases in Lincoln County

• 5 new cases in Luna County

• 10 new cases in McKinley County

• 16 new cases in Otero County

• 6 new cases in Quay County

• 12 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 2 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 36 new cases in Sandoval County

• 22 new cases in San Juan County

• 4 new cases in San Miguel County

• 13 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 4 new cases in Sierra County

• 6 new cases in Socorro County

• 1 new case in Taos County

• 3 new cases in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 29 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

Updates for Monday, Aug. 9

4:59 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation and six more deaths, according to a news release from the Office of the President and Vice President. 

The number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 31,650, the release stated.

The total number of deaths reached 1,383 on Monday. 

The release said about 30,038 people have recovered from COVID-19, and 295,723 COVID-19 tests were administered. 

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,750
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,034
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,745
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,031
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,818
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,381
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,850
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,022

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

Based on cases from July 23, 2021 to August 5, 2021, the Navajo Department of Health issued a health advisory notice for the following 19 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19: 

Chichiltah, Crownpoint, Ganado, Hogback, Kayenta, Leupp, Mariano Lake, Pinedale, Piñon, Red Valley, Rock Springs, Shonto, Smith Lake, St. Michaels, Standing Rock, Teesto, Thoreau, Tsayatoh and Twin Lakes.

4:27 p.m.: The state on Monday reported no new COVID-19-related deaths and 1,309 new COVID-19 cases recorded over the weekend reporting period stretching from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

San Juan County logged 77 of the new cases, with 34 of those in the 87401 Zip Code.

There were 190 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals on Monday due to COVID-19 infections. 

On Monday there were 197,693 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico who have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The health officials listed the most recent cases by county:

• 339 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Catron County

• 87 new cases in Chaves County

• 5 new cases in Cibola County

• 3 new cases in Colfax County

• 52 new cases in Curry County

• 64 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 131 new cases in Eddy County

• 4 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 6 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 111 new cases in Lea County

• 30 new cases in Lincoln County

• 4 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 16 new cases in Luna County

• 63 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 59 new cases in Otero County

• 18 new cases in Quay County

• 15 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 21 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 63 new cases in Sandoval County

• 77 new cases in San Juan County

• 18 new cases in San Miguel County

• 58 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Sierra County

• 2 new cases in Socorro County

• 18 new cases in Taos County

• 5 new cases in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 31 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

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

  • 88220 - 84
  • 88240 - 69
  • 88203 - 55
  • 88101 - 49
  • 87121 - 40
  • 88310 - 39
  • 88210 - 36
  • 87401 - 34
  • 87114 - 33
  • 87120 - 31

New Mexico has reported a total of 215,098 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

• Bernalillo County: 61,975

• Catron County: 105

• Chaves County: 9,450

• Cibola County: 2,960

• Colfax County: 826

• Curry County: 5,641

• De Baca County: 189

• Doña Ana County: 25,772

• Eddy County: 7,761

• Grant County: 1,814

• Guadalupe County: 484

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 467

• Lea County: 8,891

• Lincoln County: 1,938

• Los Alamos County: 570

• Luna County: 3,484

• McKinley County: 12,711

• Mora County: 184

• Otero County: 4,339

• Quay County: 606

• Rio Arriba County: 3,953

• Roosevelt County: 2,163

• Sandoval County: 12,853

• San Juan County: 16,238

• San Miguel County: 1,526

• Santa Fe County: 11,072

• Sierra County: 801

• Socorro County: 1,366

• Taos County: 1,830

• Torrance County: 929

• Union County: 266

• Valencia County: 7,259

Updates for Sunday, Aug. 8

12:53 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies on Sunday reported 18 new COVID-19 positive cases on the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths, according to a release from the Office of the President and Vice President. 

The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported additional 46 COVID-19 cases and no new deaths. The case count on Friday was 31,571.

The total number of deaths remains 1,377 as previously reported, according to the tribe's Sunday news release.

Some quick addition of case numbers released since Friday indicates that the total number of cases on tribal lands reached 31.635 on Sunday.

"If you visit your parents, grandparents, or others outside of your own household, we strongly urge you to wear a mask and do your best to practice social distancing," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in the news release. "If you or someone you know hasn’t been fully vaccinated, please take the time to learn about the benefits and the data that shows how effective the vaccines are. Keep wearing your masks in public and please get vaccinated as quickly as possible. We are in this together.”

Updates for Saturday, Aug. 7

The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported additional 46 COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths.

The additional cases increased the pandemic total while the number of deaths remained 1,377.

Tribal officials did not provide an updated case pandemic total on but the figure released Friday was 31,571.

That was before the 46 additional cases were reported Saturday and any other changes made since Friday.

— The Associated Press

Updates for Friday, Aug. 6

10 p.m.: State health officials reported 569 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, 22 of them in San Juan County. 

The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday reported six new COVID-19-related deaths in New Mexico on Friday:

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

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

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

• A woman in her 90s from Lea County who was hospitalized and was a resident of the Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs.

• A man in his 80s from Roosevelt County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. He was a resident of the Good Life Senior Retirement & Assisted Living Facility in Portales.

• A woman in her 90s from Roosevelt County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Good Life Senior Retirement & Assisted Living Facility in Portales.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,425 on Friday, according to a health department news release.

There were 216 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections. 

There were 197,316 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico since the start of the pandemic who have since recovered, according to the state 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 facilities in San Juan County:

• Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield

• The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

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

• 193 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 3 new cases in Catron County

• 21 new cases in Chaves County

• 2 new cases in Colfax County

• 14 new cases in Curry County

• 2 new cases in De Baca County

• 54 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 55 new cases in Eddy County

• 2 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 32 new cases in Lea County

• 5 new cases in Lincoln County

• 5 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 4 new cases in Luna County

• 12 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 12 new cases in Otero County

• 8 new cases in Quay County

• 6 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 7 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 31 new cases in Sandoval County

• 22 new cases in San Juan County

• 8 new cases in San Miguel County

• 30 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 2 new cases in Sierra County

• 4 new cases in Socorro County

• 4 new cases in Taos County

• 1 new case in Torrance County

• 26 new cases in Valencia County

New Mexico has reported 213,793 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

• Bernalillo County: 61,638

• Catron County: 104

• Chaves County: 9,363

• Cibola County: 2,955

• Colfax County: 823

• Curry County: 5,589

• De Baca County: 189

• Doña Ana County: 25,709

• Eddy County: 7,630

• Grant County: 1,810

• Guadalupe County: 483

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 462

• Lea County: 8,780

• Lincoln County: 1,908

• Los Alamos County: 566

• Luna County: 3,468

• McKinley County: 12,648

• Mora County: 183

• Otero County: 4,284

• Quay County: 588

• Rio Arriba County: 3,938

• Roosevelt County: 2,142

• Sandoval County: 12,790

• San Juan County: 16,162

• San Miguel County: 1,508

• Santa Fe County: 11,014

• Sierra County: 799

• Socorro County: 1,364

• Taos County: 1,812

• Torrance County: 924

• Union County: 265

• Valencia County: 7,228

6:05 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 42 new cases of COVID-19 and no recent virus-related deaths in today's report by health officials.

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

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,738
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,022
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,742
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,005
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,815
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,364
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,844
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,022

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

The total number of cases is 31,571 and the death toll is 1,377.

There are 29,969 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 294,359 tests have been conducted.

"We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant continues to spread across the country and in our region. Everyone has a role in this fight against COVID-19. Our health care experts have given us the guidance to push back on COVID-19, but it's ultimately our individual choices that determine how many new cases will develop," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the report.

"We continue to meet with our public health experts to examine the data that's available. Continue to wear a mask in public and please be very cautious if you visit family members that reside in other households. We strongly urge every eligible person to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccines and masks work," Nez said.

Updates for Thursday, Aug. 5

6:33 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation report 43 new COVID-19 cases and no recent deaths related to the virus.

Today's report raises the total number cases to 31,529. The tally includes one case where delayed reporting occurred.

The death toll remains at 1,377.

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: 5,729
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,020
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,731
  • Gallup Service Unit: 5,001
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,810
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,363
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,838
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,018

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

There are 29,954 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 293,459 tests have been conducted.

4:43 p.m.: Hospitalization rates and case counts rose across New Mexico this week. State health officials reported 671 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 193 more cases than were reported Tuesday and 62 more than were reported Wednesday.

The rise was reflected in San Juan County's numbers. On Thursday the county reported 53 new cases. The previous day's count was 22 new cases, and Tuesday's count was 13 new cases. The county has logged 16,162 cases since the pandemic began and 504 deaths.

On Thursday there were 203 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections. On Wednesday the state health department's daily news release listed 187 patients, and on Tuesday 180 patients.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents rose to 4,419 on Thursday, according to the state's news release.

These new deaths were reported by the state on Thursday:

  • A man in his 30s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 30s from Grant County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A man in his 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

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 facilities in San Juan County:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

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

• 147 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 36 new cases in Chaves County

• 5 new cases in Cibola County

• 33 new cases in Curry County

• 1 new case in De Baca County

• 65 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 61 new cases in Eddy County

• 8 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 20 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 29 new cases in Lea County

• 26 new cases in Lincoln County

• 2 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 17 new cases in Luna County

• 16 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 23 new cases in Otero County

• 7 new cases in Quay County

• 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 12 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 28 new cases in Sandoval County

• 53 new cases in San Juan County

• 7 new cases in San Miguel County

• 33 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 3 new cases in Socorro County

• 1 new case in Taos County

• 6 new cases in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 21 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

Part of San Juan County has rejoined the top 10 New Mexico ZIP Codes with the most new COVID-19 infections on Thursday:

  • 88220 - 45
  • 87121 - 35
  • 88101 - 30
  • 88203 - 23
  • 88310 - 21
  • 87401 - 20
  • 88045 - 19
  • 87031 - 18
  • 88240 - 18
  • 88030 - 17 

New Mexico has reported 213,247 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began:

• Bernalillo County: 61,446

• Catron County: 101

• Chaves County: 9,342

• Cibola County: 2,955

• Colfax County: 821

• Curry County: 5,575

• De Baca County: 187

• Doña Ana County: 25,655

• Eddy County: 7,575

• Grant County: 1,808

• Guadalupe County: 482

• Harding County: 13

• Hidalgo County: 460

• Lea County: 8,748

• Lincoln County: 1,903

• Los Alamos County: 561

• Luna County: 3,464

• McKinley County: 12,636

• Mora County: 182

• Otero County: 4,272

• Quay County: 580

• Rio Arriba County: 3,932

• Roosevelt County: 2,135

• Sandoval County: 12,759

• San Juan County: 16,162

• San Miguel County: 1,500

• Santa Fe County: 10,984

• Sierra County: 797

• Socorro County: 1,360

• Taos County: 1,808

• Torrance County: 923

• Union County: 265

• Valencia County: 7,202

Updates for Wednesday, Aug. 4

6 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, along with other health agencies, report today 34 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation.

No additional virus-related deaths were reported by health officials. The death toll remains at 1,377.

There have been 31,486 cases – including three where delayed reporting occurred – since the pandemic started.

Two new public health emergency orders were issued today by the Department of Health, according to the update released by the tribe's Office of the President and Vice President.

The orders reaffirm the tribe's mandate to wear face masks in public, including at businesses and schools, and continue to encourage residents to stay safer at home as much as possible.

It also ends the daily curfew and keeps businesses under yellow status, which sets moderate to low restrictions for operating on the tribal land.

Both orders are available on the department's COVID-19 website.

The department, 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: 5,719
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,018
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,728
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,998
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,802
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,356
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,832
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,014

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

There are 29,947 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 292,840 tests have been conducted.

4:15 p.m.: New Mexico health officials reported 609 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 22 of those in San Juan County.

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

  • A man in his in 80s from Eddy County who was a resident of the Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care facility in Artesia. 
  • A man in his 60s from Doña Ana County who had been hospitalized.

Wednesday's news release contained a correction from the state's past reporting.

"One death previously reported on 11/05 from Bernalillo County was later determined not to be COVID-19 related (and) has been removed from the overall county totals," the news release stated.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexico residents rose to 4,416 on Wednesday.

On Wednesday there were 187 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections, seven more than the day before.

As of Wednesday there were 197,192 people who were once diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Mexico 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 the following long-term care facilities in San Juan County:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

• 207 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 20 new cases in Chaves County

• 6 new cases in Cibola County

• 15 new cases in Curry County

• 1 new case in De Baca County

• 37 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 40 new cases in Eddy County

• 7 new cases in Grant County

• 1 new case in Guadalupe County

• 12 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 25 new cases in Lea County

• 7 new cases in Lincoln County

• 4 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 6 new cases in Luna County

• 34 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 32 new cases in Otero County

• 10 new cases in Quay County

• 9 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 10 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 39 new cases in Sandoval County

• 22 new cases in San Juan County

• 5 new cases in San Miguel County

• 12 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 4 new cases in Sierra County

• 1 new case in Socorro County

• 1 new case in Taos County

• 2 new cases in Torrance County

• 2 new cases in Union County

• 36 new cases in Valencia County

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

New Mexico has reported a total of 212,577 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

Bernalillo County: 61,300

Catron County: 101

Chaves County: 9,306

Cibola County: 2,950

Colfax County: 821

Curry County: 5,542

De Baca County: 186

Doña Ana County: 25,590

Eddy County: 7,514

Grant County: 1,800

Guadalupe County: 481

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 440

Lea County: 8,719

Lincoln County: 1,877

Los Alamos County: 559

Luna County: 3,447

McKinley County: 12,620

Mora County: 181

Otero County: 4,249

Quay County: 573

Rio Arriba County: 3,928

Roosevelt County: 2,123

Sandoval County: 12,731

San Juan County: 16,109

San Miguel County: 1,493

Santa Fe County: 10,951

Sierra County: 797

Socorro County: 1,357

Taos County: 1,807

Torrance County: 917

Union County: 264

Valencia County: 7,181

Updates for Tuesday, Aug. 3

6:15 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health has identified nine communities on the Navajo Nation with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

Manuelito and Rock Springs are two communities in New Mexico that were named by the department. Communities in Arizona are Ganado, Houck, Indian Wells, Kayenta, Low Mountain, Piñon and Teesto.

The department identified the communities based on the number of cases from July 16 to July 29.

The advisory comes as the department reported 28 new cases of the virus and no additional virus-related deaths for the tribe – keeping the death toll at 1,377.

The department, along with 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: 5,717
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 3,012
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,726
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,993
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,794
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,344
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,831
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,013

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

The total number of cases is 31,449. There are 29,937 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 292,155 tests have been conducted.

"Our frontline warriors and contact tracers are doing the best they can to reduce the spread of the Delta variant, but they need our help. We need more of our people to get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and we need to continue wearing masks in public and taking precautions to keep ourselves and other safe and healthy. This virus can affect anyone, people of all ages, vaccinated or unvaccinated. So, please adhere to the guidance and recommendations from the public health experts," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

5:19 p.m.: State health officials reported 478 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 13 of them in San Juan County. 

The most recent death in New Mexico related to COVID-19 was a man in his 60s from Eddy County who had been hospitalized, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans rose to 4,415 on Tuesday.

There were 180 people being treated in New Mexico hospitals Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections.

"This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico," the state noted in its news release. "This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state."

There are 197,142 people who had been diagnosed COVID-19 in New Mexico and 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:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

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

• 132 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 1 new case in Catron County

• 17 new cases in Chaves County

• 2 new cases in Cibola County

• 16 new cases in Curry County

• 6 new cases in De Baca County

• 30 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 54 new cases in Eddy County

• 1 new case in Grant County

• 1 new case in Hidalgo County

• 27 new cases in Lea County

• 13 new cases in Lincoln County

• 2 new cases in Luna County

• 3 new cases in McKinley County

• 7 new cases in Otero County

• 1 new case in Quay County

• 7 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 20 new cases in Sandoval County

• 13 new cases in San Juan County

• 6 new cases in San Miguel County

• 8 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 5 new cases in Sierra County

• 1 new case in Taos County

• 1 new case in Torrance County

• 4 new cases in Valencia County

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

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

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

New Mexico has reported a total of 211,970 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

Bernalillo County: 61,093

Catron County: 101

Chaves County: 9,286

Cibola County: 2,944

Colfax County: 821

Curry County: 5,527

De Baca County: 185

Doña Ana County: 25,556

Eddy County: 7,474

Grant County: 1,793

Guadalupe County: 480

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 428

Lea County: 8,694

Lincoln County: 1,871

Los Alamos County: 555

Luna County: 3,441

McKinley County: 12,586

Mora County: 180

Otero County: 4,217

Quay County: 563

Rio Arriba County: 3,919

Roosevelt County: 2,113

Sandoval County: 12,693

San Juan County: 16,087

San Miguel County: 1,488

Santa Fe County: 10,939

Sierra County: 793

Socorro County: 1,356

Taos County: 1,806

Torrance County: 915

Union County: 262

Valencia County: 7,145

Updates for Monday, Aug. 2

10:07 p.m.: The Navajo Nation on Monday reported nine new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day.

The latest numbers pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,421 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The known death toll remains at 1,377.

The tribe had reported 25 new cases and three deaths Saturday with 10 new cases and no deaths on Sunday.

The Navajo Nation's sprawling reservation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

"Public health experts are saying that it is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated, due to the data that shows that most new infections and deaths related to COVID-19 involve people who are not vaccinated," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. "It's important to remember that even after being fully vaccinated, you can still get COVID-19, but the vaccines are highly effective in reducing the symptoms and chances of being hospitalized."

— The Associated Press

5:04 p.m.: State health officials on Monday said 1,076 new COVID-19 cases were reported over a three-day-long weekend reporting period, 64 of them in San Juan County. 

Officials also reported four more pandemic-related deaths between July 31 and Aug. 2.

The four new deaths were:

  • A man in his 50s from Chaves County who had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 70s from Curry County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. 
  • A man in his 50s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions. This death happened more than 30 days ago but was officially listed Monday.
  • A man in his 60s from Valencia County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen. This death happened more than 30 days ago but was officially listed Monday.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths among New Mexicans reached 4,414 on Monday.

On Monday, Aug. 2, San Juan County climbed back into the top 10 list of New Mexico ZIP Codes with the most COVID-19 cases:

  • 88220 - 69
  • 87121 - 52
  • 88101 - 42
  • 87120 - 36
  • 87124 - 36
  • 87114 - 35
  • 87031 - 30
  • 88130 - 30
  • 87401 - 28
  • 87105 - 27

There are 148 people hospitalized in New Mexico on Monday due to COVID-19 infections.

There were 197,079 people once diagnosed with COVID-19 who as of Monday 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:

  • Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington

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

• 340 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 2 new cases in Catron County

• 44 new cases in Chaves County

• 6 new cases in Cibola County

• 3 new cases in Colfax County

• 43 new cases in Curry County

• 1 new case in De Baca County

• 72 new cases in Doña Ana County

• 96 new cases in Eddy County

• 8 new cases in Grant County

• 13 new cases in Hidalgo County

• 33 new cases in Lea County

• 11 new cases in Lincoln County

• 3 new cases in Los Alamos County

• 40 new cases in McKinley County

• 1 new case in Mora County

• 19 new cases in Otero County

• 5 new cases in Quay County

• 9 new cases in Rio Arriba County

• 30 new cases in Roosevelt County

• 85 new cases in Sandoval County

• 64 new cases in San Juan County

• 9 new cases in San Miguel County

• 56 new cases in Santa Fe County

• 1 new case in Sierra County

• 9 new cases in Socorro County

• 2 new cases in Taos County

• 4 new cases in Torrance County

• 1 new case in Union County

• 51 new cases in Valencia County

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

New Mexico has reported 211,492 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began:

Bernalillo County: 60,961

Catron County: 100

Chaves County: 9,269

Cibola County: 2,942

Colfax County: 821

Curry County: 5,512

De Baca County: 179

Doña Ana County: 25,526

Eddy County: 7,420

Grant County: 1,792

Guadalupe County: 480

Harding County: 13

Hidalgo County: 427

Lea County: 8,667

Lincoln County: 1,858

Los Alamos County: 555

Luna County: 3,439

McKinley County: 12,583

Mora County: 180

Otero County: 4,210

Quay County: 562

Rio Arriba County: 3,912

Roosevelt County: 2,113

Sandoval County: 12,673

San Juan County: 16,073

San Miguel County: 1,482

Santa Fe County: 10,931

Sierra County: 788

Socorro County: 1,356

Taos County: 1,805

Torrance County: 914

Union County: 262

Valencia County: 7,141

Updates for Sunday, Aug. 1

9:05 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health along with other agencies reported 10 new COVID-19 positive cases on the Navajo Nation Sunday and no recent deaths.

Three new deaths reported on Saturday increased the pandemic's toll to 1,377.

The overall number of total cases reported on tribal lands since the pandemic began is 31,412, including the 35 new cases reported over the weekend, based on figures released Friday by the Office of the President and Vice President.

The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported 25 new COVID-19 cases as officials said some tribal members are foregoing needed precautions to ward off spread of the coronavirus.

"A lot of the new cases we are seeing on the Navajo Nation are due to family and social gatherings where people let their guard down and don't wear masks," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement.

Nez noted that the virus' highly contagious delta variant is spreading quickly in many states and said people visiting other households should wear masks and encourage others to do so.

— A staff and wire report

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