Updates related to COVID-19 and its effects on Albuquerque and the rest of NM.
NM records 220 COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths
Officials announced 220 new cases of COVID-19 across the state and eight deaths related to the virus.
Nora Meyers-Sackett, a spokeswoman with the governor’s office, said in an update Saturday that those numbers bring the total to 3,732 cases and 139 deaths.
The newest recorded deaths include two in Bernalillo County, a man in his 90s who was a resident of Uptown Genesis and a woman in her 90s who was a resident of La Vida Llena. A man in his 60s from Doña Ana County who was a patient at Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque. A man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s from Sandoval County. A man and woman, both in their 80s, and a man in his 90s from San Juan County — all three were residents of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
— Matt Reisen
Protesters gather at the State Capitol to protest Governor’s decision to keep most of the state closed
–Roberto E. Rosales
Virus takes a toll on NM nursing homes
More than 40% of New Mexico’s COVID-19-related deaths have occurred in residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, a situation state officials are calling tragic and difficult to combat.
The state reported 52 COVID-19-positive deaths among those facilities, according to a breakdown provided Thursday by the New Mexico Department of Health.
That accounts for more than two out of every five New Mexico deaths linked to COVID-19 since New Mexico reported its first known cases in mid-March.
The state has recently started weekly testing in the facilities and on Friday announced it would put $42.6 million in new Medicaid payments toward the facilities to help with the fight.
“Nursing homes are an incredible challenge in New Mexico and around the country, and it is an area I find incredibly disturbing because it’s all vulnerable populations,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said during a Thursday news conference.
Most of the facilities with cases are in the Albuquerque metro area or northwestern New Mexico.
Navajo COVID-19 cases rise by 166, reservation enters weekend-long curfew
The Navajo Department of Health reported 166 new COVID-19 cases on the reservation Friday. In total, there are 2,307 cases on the Navajo Nation. There were two additional deaths reported by the NDOH, Navajo Epidemeology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, bringing the total deaths from the disease to 73. The agencies report a total of 9,058 negative test results.
The Navajo Nation is currently under a 57-hour curfew. Gallup, which borders the reservation and has seen a surge in cases, is also on a weekend lockdown.
Navajo Nation COVID-19 cases by county:
■ McKinley County, N.M.: 617
■ Apache County, Ariz.: 538
■ Navajo County, Ariz.: 513
■ Coconino County, Ariz.: 286
■ San Juan County, N.M.: 245
■ San Juan County, Utah: 42
■ Socorro County, N.M.: 23
■ Cibola County, N.M.: 22
■ Sandoval County, N.M.: 21
The Navajo Health Command Operations Center hotline is (928) 871-7014.
— Theresa Davis