State health officials on Saturday reported eight new cases of the novel coronavirus in Santa Fe County.

Some of the newly confirmed cases were at MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe on Pacheco Street and Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe on Galisteo Road, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

In its daily COVID-19 report, the state did not say how many cases it detected at each facility.

Officials at both facilities referred questions to spokesmen, who could not immediately be reached.

This isn’t the first time health officials have detected the virus in a Santa Fe assisted-living center. Three employees of Legacy at Santa Fe have tested positive for the virus. A resident of the Avenida Aldea facility also tested positive but received negative results in two subsequent tests.

On Saturday, the state announced six more deaths linked to COVID-19 and 190 new cases.

COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has killed 259 people in New Mexico.

The state now has 5,847 confirmed cases, with 122 in Santa Fe County.

Four of the new deaths occurred in McKinley County: a woman in her 60s, a man in his 80s and two men — one in his 60s and another in his 70s — who were residents of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.

Other deaths included a Sandoval County woman in her 80s who lived at Red Rocks Care Center and a San Juan County woman in her 50s.

McKinley County added 77 cases, bringing its total to 1,864. San Juan County had 42 cases for a total of 1,316. Bernalillo County had 14 for a total of 1,194.

Four cases were reported at the Otero County Prison Facility. Overall, it has 35 cases. Two cases were detected at the ICE Otero County Processing Center, bringing its total to 42.

As of Saturday, 208 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico, and 1,739 had recovered.

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(11) comments

Jarratt Applewhite

I was a fan of our governor early on. She was far ahead of many of her colleagues. I've lost confidence. Her recently published health orders are imprecise and take a one-size-fits-all approach. We have a huge variation in infection incidence. Clearly McKinley and San Juan need more restriction than parts of the state with low incidence. NY's standards are superb:

Reporting could be a lot more informative. Some of the data we could use are: • % of tests that are pos: % of pos tests in elderly care facilities; ethnicity of deaths (not just cases); age of deaths (not just cases); 7-day moving averages of both cases & deaths. These data would be very helpful in informing the public of the status of this pandemic.

Finally,NMDOH's failure to initiate a contact tracing effort imperils everyone here.

Dr. Michael Johnson

The one-size-fits-all approach is the biggest fail in NM. They claim to be guided by "science" and then they don't use it to differentiate or target responses. That is laughable. The lack of contact tracing is criminal really. I had a friend in ABQ who tested positive, he was instructed to stay at home, but no one ever followed up about people he had been in contact with over the presumed contagious period. He finally gave up calling the Health Dept. and just called the people he could remember after a couple of days. But most things NM government does is shoddy and amateurish.

There is much better reporting of the data by this independent site:

Mark Stahl

I read the Denver Post article. Anyway they are counted, the people are still dead and Covid 19 was still involved, whether the primary cause or a contributing factor. The current pandemic is a public health issue that has become politicized and as long as it remains politicized and divisive, it is less likely to be managed and contained.

Dr. Michael Johnson

I agree that the instant politicization of this public health issue has doomed it from ever achieving an efficient and unified response, we are obviously not all in this together. However, on the deaths, I think scientifically it makes a great deal of difference if a person died directly due to the virus, vs. some other, much more widespread and common causes. In historic practice, if a person dies of a heart attack and has cancer or the flu, they are not counted as having died from cancer or the flu. The historic NM statistics show on average 54 people die everyday in NM. The real issue for the data is for the science to examine this disease thoroughly and with accuracy, which all claim they want. You will notice the NM Health Dept. will not release "excess death" numbers, those deaths above a statistical average of a normal, natural death rate. That is the only way to really determine how deadly this disease is, and NM refuses to show the scientific data. Why hide it?

Jim Klukkert

Dr. MJ et al~ Why would I engage with anyone who so disparages my academic resume (as if that is a measure of a person), was well as my ‘intellectual abilities?’ Why would I engage with anyone who calls me an advocate for a Marxist-Leninist totalitarian regime? Why should I engage with anyone with anyone vainly prides himself on his political awareness, yet who cannot discern the difference between a 20th century Marxist-Leninist and a 21st century Democratic Socialist?

Michael Johnson- I work to build community, to further understanding amongst diverse viewpoints, and to find common ground so we can move forward in a positive way. I have on more than a few occasions asked you to up your game to those standards. You do not seem willing to meet me in that way.

MJ- We live in the same valley, and we both support\ed Carl Trujillo when he was taken down. We both have a mutual friend in HN, who works with NM Protects. If you are going to continue to doubt my intelligence, perhaps you could check in with HN.

But I think for you MJ, this is all some little game to amuse your obviously intelligent mind, which unfortunately many be coupled to an enlarged ego.

I am reminded of M. Duchamp, who famously said, ‘Art Is a game, but a deadly serious game.’

You Dr. J., so not seem to understand the ‘deadly serious’ quality of the game.

So yes, Dr. J., I got it. Do you?

Dr. Michael Johnson

Let's agree, I will never comment on your comments and you never comment on mine, obviously we are too far apart in so many ways to ever respect or communicate with each other in a civil manner, let's just save each other's time here to spend on more fruitful we each choose.....

Dr. Michael Johnson

What is your opinion of #ResistRomero, the criminal that represents us in the Roundhouse?

Lucas Lujan

I find all progressives try to hide the truth. Take the abortion issue and compare it to COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico. Abortions represent an average of 4,000 or more deaths every year in The Land of Enchantment. Why such an uproar of a puny 200 plus deaths compared to thousands every year forced out of the womb? Over 850,000 plus every year nationwide. I think no matter the arguments surrounding COVID-19, pale in comparison to the biggest threat to life, abortion. Crickets.

Chris Mechels

The recent "testing" of the Corrections Dept staff and inmates seems very suspect, esp as they are putting out conflicting numbers. The "testing" was all done internally by CD and its medical contractor, so they have the liberty of "selecting" who gets tested and what results get reported. Due to CD's secretive ways and difficulties responding to Records Requests, its about time for the Governor to intervene, and get some independent adults over there to check into their operations.

Pretending that CD is well run (its not) and that their Director is competent (she's not) has to end, and the Governor is responsible for allowing this secrecy.

Dr. Michael Johnson

This is how a competent and scientifically accurate government acts, NM is not even close.....

Jim Klukkert

Dr. Michael Johnson- 'NM is not even close...." and neither was Colorado until last week, when the state revised its reporting protocol.

Thanks for bringing attention to what seems to be drawing some praise from various quarters. This unprecedented crisis has been going on so long that initial responses are now being refined or tossed completely. Certainly as we learn more about the Coronavirus, a more nuanced approach becomes more possible.

Perhaps you would be interested in this piece: "How to Reopen America Safely," subtitled 'Months ago, I called for a long lockdown. Now we must minimize collateral damage,' by Dr. Marty Makary of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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