Sandoval County, with its mix of Albuquerque-area bedroom communities, rural towns and pueblos, is quickly becoming a worrisome area for COVID-19.

The state Department of Health announced the state now has 624 cases, with 81 reported Sunday. Of those, 34 were in Sandoval County. That brings the county, which includes Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and a far-flung rural population that spans into the northern part of the state, to 103 confirmed positives.

It is now has the second-biggest caseload behind Bernalillo County with 246.

Santa Fe County added four more cases for a total of 62.

A Department of Human Services spokeswoman said she could not provide information on what accounted for the jump in Sandoval County and whether it is concentrated in Sandoval’s more populated regions, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo.

The state reported a 12th death from the respiratory disease, a McKinley County man in his 40s. According to a news release, the man had underlying medical conditions.

This week could be critical in the Gallup and Farmington areas: State officials have predicted a surge of cases in the northwest part of the state, which includes McKinley and San Juan counties. Together, those counties have reported nearly 100 cases.

Bernalillo County added 21 new cases, including one resident and two staff members at La Vida Llena assisted living facility who tested positive Sunday. The state’s most populous county has nearly 40 percent of all the cases at 246 recorded positives.

There are 45 people hospitalized from COVID-19. The Department of Health said 130 people have recovered.

Meanwhile, after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham implored New Mexico residents to adhere to a stay-at-home order as a way to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, Santa Fe police said officers are responding to more calls about social-distancing violations.

Santa Fe Police Department Lt. Brian Rodriguez said that while he didn’t have statistics at hand, police are getting more complaints about people gathering in violation of the order.

“As [a] swing shift lieutenant, I can say we’ve had a lot of people calling about social distancing at parks and stores,” he said Sunday.

He said the department does not issue citations, as that falls to the New Mexico State Police. Rodriguez said Santa Fe police determine the validity of a complaint and issue verbal warnings.

“We are responding to calls and counseling people,” Rodriguez said. “We’re informing them to please comply with the governor’s order.”

Mark Soriano, a spokesman for the state police, said the agency has yet to issue a citation for violating the order.

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Betheny Winkler

Yushuang Li, I'm loyal, I'll be back. Stay safe!

Dan Frazier

This article says that there have been 62 cases in Santa Fe County. However, the map shown on the New Mexican's Home Page shows only 4 cases in Santa Fe County. Presumably, some of the other map data is also incorrect. If the map is wrong, it gives a false impression of what is going on which could lead to a more cavalier attitude about the virus among those who rely on it. Fix the map, or remove it.

Jeff Padgett

I don't know what map you are looking at but the one on the home page says 62. Make sure your cursor is on the right county.

Jake Greene

Poor Chris. The CDC has issued guidance and Chris knows what it is. But, somehow, the Governor is remiss because she didn't repeat it to him. I am so thankful MLG is out front leading this state.

Chris Mechels

The Governor, and the Secr of Health remain interested in OUTPUT, and seem totally interested in INPUT from the public. I have yet to get a reply from numerous message sent to the Governor on her website. Try it for yourself. It seems to be connected to a waste can. Good Luck...

What would I like to tell her, or better yet to show her? The grocery store chaos, where we deliver ourselves to the virus. The recent CDC Guidance now suggests masks, esp for places like the Grocery or Pharmacy, where "distancing" doesn't seem to work. Well, HELLO!!! Any fool can see that it doesn't work, and even the Governor could see that, if she cared, which she doesn't. So, does she follow CDC guidance and suggest masks?? Nope!!! Mandatory hand washing?? Nope!!! Temperature checks on entry?? Nope!!! But WE are bad little kids, even though we must go into those insane groceries for our vittles. I"ll bet the Governor has her shopping done by someone else. I hope they wear a mask!!

The Governor, and Secr of Health, tell us what to do, but don't enable us to do it. That is utterly stupid and destructive, and they won't change, or even listen to our problems. Our problems are clearly NOT their problems.

What to do, if she ever woke up??? The obvious... close the grocery store doors, and deliver the food, so WE can stay home, as she wan't us to do. Some of those government workers sitting at home on full pay could be used for the deliveries.

There... problem stated and solved. Other countries are doing this, so I didn't invent it. Now if only there were SOME WAY to break into the Governor's office, where she apparently, per the media, spends her days drinking some 30+ cups of coffee and searching for Rubber Duckies.

Hello, Governor, anybody home; Yohoo Governor... Heloooo...

David Ford

blah, blah, blah. More nonsense with the same theme from Chris. Give it a rest please. Thank you Governor for all that you do!!

Connie Lopez

@ Chris Mechels . . . Are you ok?

Dan Chase

The Govs office doesn’t respond to you because your an idiot!

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