The New Mexican

For the third straight day, New Mexico smashed its record for new cases of the novel coronavirus, with 819 infections reported Friday.

The state also recorded six more deaths, including a teenage girl from Eddy County who became the state’s youngest COVID-related fatality, Nora Meyers Sackett, a spokeswoman for the Governor’s Office, confirmed.

“The COVID-19 wildfire is raging statewide,” Sackett said. “The virus spreads when people give it the opportunity to spread and New Mexicans are doing just that.”

Five of New Mexico’s six highest daily totals have come in October, but the numbers have been especially bad this week. Friday’s tally was 147 more than the previous record — 672 — recorded just one day before. That was on top of a then-record total of 577 on Wednesday. The numbers have surpassed anything the state has seen since the pandemic began in the spring.

On Friday, 168 people in New Mexico were hospitalized for the disease, 18 more than on Thursday.

If the state sees 900 cases each day for several consecutive days, its intensive care beds will be full in three to four weeks, according to projections from the state Medical Advisory Team.

If the state sees several consecutive days of 1,110 cases, its ICU beds will be full in one to two weeks, the advisory team predicted.

As of Friday, 82 percent of the state’s general adult hospital beds were occupied and 76 percent of its adult ICU beds were filled, according to a survey of hospital capacity conducted by the state Department of Health.

The survey included everyone who was hospitalized, not just COVID-19 patients. Health officials have reported higher rates of transmission in every part of New Mexico.

Santa Fe County added 39 cases Friday, two short of its single-day record set Tuesday.

According to the state, at least one of the new infections was reported at El Castillo, a retirement community on East Alameda Street in Santa Fe. Officials at El Castillo could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bernalillo County recorded 178 infections, Doña Ana County had 146, Curry County had 76, Lea County had 54 and Sandoval County had 42, according to the state Department of Health.

Another 31 cases were detected at the Otero County Prison Facility, and 20 new infections were reported at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County. The Lea County Correctional Facility had one new case. The number of confirmed cases statewide increased to 35,770.

“Yes, there were some cases in state and federal correctional facilities today,” Sackett said. “But when the spread is this fast, this quick, there’s no one specific location or outbreak that you can pinpoint or blame — it’s all of New Mexico.”

In addition to the teenager from Eddy County, the state reported fatalities in Bernalillo, Chaves, Roosevelt, San Juan and Socorro counties. There have been 928 confirmed deaths statewide.

The state said 19,613 people had recovered from the illness.

(9) comments

John Martinez

David Ford, so instead of contributing to any intelligent dialogue to these comment, you instead place false blame and use insults to use in your immature comments. We all, as a community should be demanding for the Governor and her administaration to show everyone how they are calculating these stats and how they are coming up

with these positive numbers.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup] Agreed, and this paper showed a photo of people getting serology(Blood) antibody tests at a drive through yesterday. Are they now mixing the PRC nasal swab tests with the very different serology tests for COVID? If so, they are mixing apples and oranges as they used to only report the PRC nasal swab tests, and also, are these all new individual cases, or just positive tests, many of which are repeat tests for positive ones earlier. It would also be good to know how long ago these tests were taken before being reported as positive. I have heard they are as long as 2 weeks ago before being reported. The health dept. is not being very scientific and open about all these things. The numbers only matter if they can be understood by the public.

Jim Klukkert

John Martinez-

Since you write that “[we] should be demanding for the Governor and her administaration [sic] to show everyone how they are calculating these stats …[&]… numbers,” I have to ask, what did the Governor and her team say when you asked those questions?

You did ask, didn’t you?

2. You accuse Mr. Ford of placing “false blame.”

The truth is that President Trump failed to marshall a national response to the Global Pandemic because Trump panicked that it might cost him this election. Trump’s only concern was his own welfare, and that makes many who expect more from a President.

Trump’s bumbling of the greatest challenge to America since World War II, is going to cost him, and his party of sycophants, the election, as well as any shot of government position for a generation.

Please let us know where lies the “false blame.”

3. Lee DiFiore is known for his wild charges which he refuses to substantiate. Thankfully, he alternates his repetition of Rupert Murdoch’s Faux News Lies, with other shots that amount to little. It is hard to take seriously DiFiore as he refers to our Governor as “Pumpkin Princess,” Grishy,” and in this case “the clown.” Apparently DiFoire’s name calling does not bother you, though you take offense when Mr. Ford does so. Hmmmm….

Mr. Martinez, we are in a national emergency as the Pandemic comes back, as predicted, for a second time. When the neighboring city of El Paso posts over 700 cases in one day; when we live in a state where the Dine Nation suffers through lack of adequate sanitation for many and substandard health care for any; when many other states are posting record levels of new cases, only a FOOL lay the ‘blame’ on a single state administration.

I am not calling you a fool, as you of course now have the opportunity to clarify your comment.

But if the shoe fits….

David Ford

Sorry I was channeling and trying to emulate your dear leader, after all he is the rudest and most hateful person on the planet...

Person, woman, man, camera, TV

Mike Johnson

She is the most hated person in NM, not even close.

Mary Jane

More reporting needed. Why this huge increase in cases? What are people doing wrong? Too many birthday parties? Is is spreading in supermarkets, even with customers wearing masks? Too many people storming Las Cruces from El Paso? What's failing here, and how can we fix it?

Lee DiFiore

The governor's restrictions aren't working. What to do, oh my? Where are all the clown's supporters who a few weeks back were telling us to move to AZ, FL or TX if we didn't like the way things were going in NM?

David Ford

Nothing to see here folks, just another ignorant post from Lee. The REAL problem is not her restrictions but the numbers of your ilk and fellow retrumplicans NOT following those restrictions, probably in favor of the idiotic advice from your dear leader, Dr. Drumpf, idiot savant....Person, woman, man, camera, TV.

Jim Klukkert


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