Taos County has another death and new single day record number of COVID cases

Updated Nov. 8.

Correction appended.

Taos County had 21 more cases of COVID-19 announced Saturday (Nov. 7), the most reported in a single day. The county also had a sixth person die from complications related to the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, a man in his 50s.

The state as a whole had 1,287 new cases of the coronavirus for the second day in a row. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned Nov. 5 that she would impose new restrictions and public health orders if the number of cases did not start to level off. 

Among the businesses and agencies reporting at least one positive test for the novel coronavirus between Nov. 4-6 are Family Practice Associates, Taos Municipals Schools Administration, Llano Quemado Head Start, Taos Country Club, Public School Insurance, First New Mexico Title and Abstract, El Centro Family Health and Taos County Administration.

In a Nov. 5 press release, Taos County said three county employees had tested positive for the coronavirus. The county offices were temporarily closed for disinfection and deep cleaning; other employees were sent for testing according to the county's statement. 

The Taos 87571 zip code area had the largest increase in cases for the third week in a row, with 26 more cases between Nov. 2-Nov. 7 for a total of 130 cases. The Ranchos de Taos 87557 area code area had 19 more cases in the same time period. 

Of the 26 people who were swabbed for coronavirus at Holy Cross Medical Center and whose tests came back positive between Nov. 1-Nov. 4, two were from California, one from Florida, one from Santa Fe, two from Mora and the rest from Taos.  

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported 1,287 additional cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, for a total of 53,671 to date. An additional 16 people died of complications related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities related to the disease in the state to 1,104.
 
Taos County had 21 new cases bringing its total to 332 cases, with 112 patients designated by health officials as "recovered." A sixth person from Taos County, a man in his 50s, has died of COVID-19, according to an update from the state last month.
 
OVERALL STATE HOSPITAL CAPACITY: As of Saturday (Nov. 7), 77 percent of general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 80 percent of ICU beds across New Mexico hospitals are occupied. This includes patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and other illnesses.
 
Correction: An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect name of the location of a positive case based on information provided by the state Environment Department. 

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(2) comments

Ross Ulibarri

As part of these ongoing reports, the Taos News should keep updating us about Holy Cross Hospital's situation. How many covid patients do they have? How many hospital beds are empty? Do the doctors and nurses feel ready, or are they overwhelmed? We need to know.

Catherine Horsey

The summary of this article listed Taos Middle School as having a positive COVID test, although the article itself lists Taos Municipal Schools Administration. Can you please clarify?

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