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We have shared these VERIFIED YouTube videos to help you get more information about the Coronavirus and what it means for you. Please visit the links listed below to see more videos and get information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Mexico Department of Health (NM DOH).

If you are nervous or concerned about how this will effect you NM DOH has a crisis hotline available to answer your questions or concerns.

Coronavirus Hotline: 1-855-600-3453
For non-health related COVID-19 questions: 1-833-551-0518
Senior Food Hotline: 1-800-432-2080
Nor-Lea Hospital COVID-19 Hotline 575-396-9090

NM Dept of Health COVID-19 Website

NM Dept of Health COVID-19 En Español

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Page Updated 04-01-20 at 4:42 PM MDT

Our department has received several requests for information about our preparedness for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). At this time we are following the guidance of New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and the CDC for prevention and preparedness with the most up to date information available and staying in constant contact with NM DOH officials.

There are 363 Positive Cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico.

Cases by County: https://cv.nmhealth.org/cases-by-county/

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 48 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 19 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 3 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 5 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Taos County

The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19.
That case is:

  • A female in her 90s from Sandoval County who died Tuesday, March 31. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now six.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 363 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 148
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 10
Cibola County: 4
Curry County: 5
Doña Ana County: 21
Eddy County: 4
Grant County: 1
Lea County: 2
McKinley County: 20
Otero County: 1
Rio Arriba County: 4
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 32
San Juan County: 37
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 48
Socorro County: 3
Taos County: 12
Torrance County: 3
Valencia County: 5

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 31 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 26 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
  • Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
  • Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

Nor-Lea Hospital District COVID-19 Updates

New Mexico Department of Health
Coronavirus Hotline: 1-855-600-3453
For non-health related COVID-19 questions: 1-833-551-0518

New Mexico Department of Health
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Lorenzo Velasquez, Director

1019 East Bender Boulevard, Hobbs, NM 88240 -
(575) 391-2983 - lvelasquez@leacounty.net

About Us

Lea County Emergency Management is responsible for planning the responses of small- and large-scale emergency situations to save lives, reduce injuries and preserve property. Emergencies and disasters, both natural and man-made, can affect every resident in Lea County. Sometimes threats occur that we simply cannot control or prevent from happening; ie, wildfires, hazardous-material spills and riots. However, from every family to every public safety department in Lea County, we all can prepare for how we respond to these emergencies. Preparing your family's responses to emergencies is critical, and it takes just three steps:
  • 1. Make a family emergency plan
  • 2. Get an emergency supply kit
  • 3. Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur in your area and their appropriate responses.

For more detailed lists and plans visit https://www.ready.gov/

An official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Our Mission

Emergency management is a coordinated effort, involving local, state, and federal agencies as well as volunteer organizations. These organizations assist the public and communities to prepare for, respond, and recover from the effects of natural, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters. The primary goal of emergency management is to promote awareness, prevent injuries, save lives, and reduce property damage in our community.

The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) Website

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OEM has many responsibilities as can be seen all over the county. You may see us on an emergency scene or at your local fire station assisting with annual pump testing. We participate in many public education events for schools or non-profits.

If your school or non-profit has an event you would like Emergency Management to attend, please feel free to contact us!

Lea County Emergency Management

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