Find the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the New Mexico Department of Health website. Read the latest announcement from Artesia General Hospital on the COVID-19 Updates page.

Artesia General Hospital is currently in Phase 1B of the CDC and New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) COVID-19 vaccination plan. This phase prioritizes people who are age 75+; people who are 16 years or older with at least one chronic condition; frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure workplaces (schools, transportation, public health and safety, etc.); and vulnerable populations.

If you qualify for a vaccine in this phase, please submit your information to be added to the waitlist. We will contact you when the vaccine is available.

Learn more about the phases on the NMDOH website.

We are continuing to limit visitation at the hospital and clinics due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. Patients under the age of 18 and those needing physical assistance will be allowed one visitor. All other patients will not be allowed visitors at this time.

If you have questions about these restrictions, please contact your provider’s office or our main line at 575.748.3333.

(Updated January 13, 2020)

If you need a routine COVID-19 test, please contact the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) or visit their website for more information on testing and locations.

If you are ill and suspect you have COVID-19, call your doctor. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what to do, and will be able to make a judgment of whether you need an in-person exam.

If you are in medical distress, call 911. If you think you may have COVID-19 and you are able, please alert the emergency responders.

COVID-19 Test Results in Eddy County

as of January 15, 2021, 1:00pm MT

Positive 5,365
Active Cases 2,765
Hospitalized Cases 5
Total Tests* 39,325**
COVID-Related Deaths in Eddy County 84
Recovered 2,600

*Numbers are cumulative persons tested through January 15, 2021. Test results are from the state Scientific Laboratory Division of the New Mexico Department of Health, TriCore Reference Laboratories, LabCorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, and BioReference Laboratories.

**This number only includes Eddy County Residents tested in Artesia and Carlsbad.

COVID-19 Test Results at Artesia General Hospital

as of January 15, 2021, 1:00pm MT

Positive 714^
Total Tests 6,352
Pending 5
COVID-Related Deaths 30
Recovered 703

^This number includes positive cases in both Eddy and Chaves Counties.

Testing Cost: Patients may elect to pay out of pocket for COVID-19 testing at Artesia General Hospital, at a price of $144.00 per test. Patients who pay out of pocket but want their health insurance billed will need to file their own claim. COVID-19 testing is also available at the Public Health Office at no charge.

A Vaccine for COVID-19 is Here

December 16, 2020

The vaccine for COVID-19 has arrived at Artesia General Hospital. The CDC has directed that healthcare workers be the first group vaccinated, and Artesia General Hospital personnel began taking COVID-19 vaccines today.

The first person to receive the vaccine was Earlene Wages, Patient Experience Coordinator in Case Management.

“I am excited and grateful to be able to get the vaccine. My daughter in Washington is elated,“ she said. “I feel very fortunate to be in a position to get the vaccine right now.”

Earlene Wages, Patient Experience Coordinator in Case Management, receives the first COVID-19 vaccination at Artesia General Hospital.

Earlene Wages, Patient Experience Coordinator in Case Management, receives the first COVID-19 vaccination at Artesia General Hospital. Cindy Herron, RN in Employee Health, provides the vaccine.

Employee Health Nurse Cindy Herron, RN gave the first shot. Asked how she felt about the launch of the vaccine, she said, “I think it will be a good help to our community and eventually the whole world. It’s exciting!”

The CDC requires the vaccine be made available in three phases. Healthcare personnel are in the first wave. The second wave will be for those at elevated risk of serious complications from the virus. The third wave will be for the general public.

The timing of vaccines for the second and third phase will depend on when doses are allocated to Artesia. The number of vaccine doses available in Artesia is extremely limited right now. Over the course of coming weeks, additional doses are expected.

Artesia General Hospital is committed to getting the vaccine out as quickly as possible, and will inform the public as more people can be included.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I get tested for COVID-19 if I have been exposed and also
have symptoms?

Right away. You will need to call the local Department of Health office at 575.746.9819 and make an appointment, unless it is an emergency. Until results are back, you should quarantine as if you are positive.

What if I have been exposed but am not experiencing symptoms?
It’s still a good idea to get tested. It can take anywhere from 2-14 days to begin showing symptoms, so the sooner you are diagnosed the sooner treatment can begin. Again, you will need to call the Department of Health to schedule an appointment, and quarantine until test results come back.

Do I still need to wear a mask in public if I have already had COVID-19?
Yes. There are two primary reasons to continue wearing a face covering (covering both the nose and the mouth) while in public:

  • There is some evidence that suggests reinfection is possible.
  • The current order in place makes no distinction between those who have had the virus and those who have not.

If you are in public, a mask is required.

If hospitalization is required, will I have to be transported out of state?
Possibly. As our numbers continue to increase, the situation puts a strain on the staff and resources of Artesia General Hospital. Similarly, hospitals in nearby communities are experiencing surges in COVID cases as well, and some have discontinued admitting out-of-state patients. We have had to transfer patients to hospitals as far away as Phoenix, AZ and Dallas, TX.

Does the number of positive cases released to the media reflect the retests that are done for people who test multiple times before returning to work?
No. COVID case numbers in Eddy County represent only new infections. Retests on COVID-positive patients are not added to the total case count.
Can COVID-19 be spread by people without symptoms?
Yes. COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear masks in public settings.

Is a headache a symptom of COVID?
Yes. Fatigue, headache and muscle aches (myalgia) are among the most commonly reported symptoms in people who are not hospitalized. In addition, a sore throat and nasal congestion or runny nose also may be prominent symptoms.

Aren’t the increased case numbers just because of increased testing?
No. Testing has increased, but so has the positivity rate. The increase in cases is real.

Is Artesia General Hospital a safe place to seek medical care?
Yes. From the onset of this pandemic in March, we have gone to extraordinary measures to ensure a safe, healthy environment for our staff, patients and visitors. For more about this, visit our safety protocols page.

If you have a question that was not answered here, please reach out to us and we will do our best to get you the answers you seek. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and visit our website for up-to-date information.
And again, it is imperative that we help stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing good hand washing, social distancing and wearing a face covering while in public.

Llegó una vacuna para COVID-19

16 de diciembre de 2020

La vacuna para COVID-19 llegó al Artesia General Hospital. Los CDC han ordenado que los trabajadores de la salud sean el primer grupo vacunado, y el personal de Artesia General Hospital comenzó a tomar las vacunas COVID-19 hoy.

La primera persona en recibir la vacuna fue Earlene Wages, Coordinadora de Experiencia del Paciente en Manejo de Casos.

“Estoy emocionado y agradecido de poder recibir la vacuna. Mi hija en Washington está eufórica ”, dijo. “Me siento muy afortunado de poder recibir la vacuna ahora mismo”.

Earlene Wages, Patient Experience Coordinator in Case Management, receives the first COVID-19 vaccination at Artesia General Hospital.

Earlene Wages, Coordinadora de Experiencia del Paciente en Manejo de Casos, recibe la primera vacuna COVID-19 en el Hospital General de Artesia. Cindy Herron, RN en Employee Health, proporciona la vacuna.

La enfermera de salud del empleado Cindy Herron, RN dio la primera inyección. Cuando se le preguntó cómo se sentía sobre el lanzamiento de la vacuna, dijo: “Creo que será una buena ayuda para nuestra comunidad y, eventualmente, para el mundo entero. ¡Es emocionante!”

El CDC requiere que la vacuna esté disponible en tres fases. El personal sanitario está en la primera ola. La segunda ola será para aquellos con un riesgo elevado de complicaciones graves por el virus. La tercera ola será para el público en general.

El momento de las vacunas para la segunda y tercera fase dependerá de cuándo se asignen las dosis a Artesia. La cantidad de dosis de vacunas disponibles en Artesia es extremadamente limitada en este momento. En el transcurso de las próximas semanas, se esperan dosis adicionales.

Artesia General Hospital se compromete a distribuir la vacuna lo más rápido posible e informará al público a medida que se puedan incluir más personas.

Preguntas frecuentes

¿Cuándo debo hacerme la prueba de COVID-19 si he estado expuesto y también tiene síntomas?
Inmediatamente. Deberá llamar a la oficina local del Departamento de Salud al 575.746.9819 y hacer una cita, a menos que sea una emergencia. Hasta que se obtengan los resultados, debe ponerse en cuarentena como si fuera positivo.

¿Qué pasa si he estado expuesto pero no tengo síntomas?
Sigue siendo una buena idea hacerse la prueba. Puede tomar de 2 a 14 días comenzar a mostrar síntomas, por lo que cuanto antes se le diagnostique, antes podrá comenzar el tratamiento. Nuevamente, deberá llamar al Departamento de Salud para programar una cita y ponerse en cuarentena hasta que se obtengan los resultados de la prueba.

¿Debo seguir usando una máscara en público si ya he tenido COVID-19?
Si. Hay dos razones principales para seguir usando una cubierta facial (cubriendo tanto la nariz como la boca) mientras está en público:

  • Existe alguna evidencia que sugiere que la reinfección es posible.
  • El orden actual en vigor no distingue entre quienes han tenido el virus y quienes no.

Si está en público, se requiere una máscara.

Si se requiere hospitalización, ¿tendré que ser transportado fuera del estado?
Posiblemente. A medida que nuestro número continúa aumentando, la situación ejerce presión sobre el personal y los recursos del Artesia General Hospital. De manera similar, los hospitales en las comunidades cercanas también están experimentando un aumento repentino de los casos de COVID, y algunos han dejado de admitir pacientes de otros estados. Hemos tenido que transferir pacientes a hospitales tan lejanos como Phoenix, AZ y Dallas, TX.

¿El número de casos positivos divulgados a los medios de comunicación refleja las nuevas pruebas que se realizan a las personas que realizan varias pruebas antes de regresar al trabajo?
No. Los números de casos de COVID en el condado de Eddy representan solo infecciones nuevas. Las nuevas pruebas en pacientes COVID positivos no se agregan al recuento total de casos.

¿Las personas que no presentan síntomas pueden transmitir el COVID-19?
Si. El COVID-19 puede ser transmitido por personas que no presentan síntomas y no saben que están infectadas. Por eso es importante que todos practiquen el distanciamiento social (manteniéndose al menos a 6 pies de distancia de otras personas) y usen máscaras en lugares públicos.

¿Es un dolor de cabeza un síntoma de COVID?
Si. La fatiga, el dolor de cabeza y los dolores musculares (mialgia) se encuentran entre los síntomas más comúnmente reportados en personas que no están hospitalizadas. Además, el dolor de garganta y la congestión nasal o la secreción nasal también pueden ser síntomas importantes.

¿No es el aumento del número de casos solo debido al aumento de las pruebas?

No. Las pruebas han aumentado, pero también la tasa de positividad. El aumento de casos es real.

¿Es Artesia General Hospital un lugar seguro para buscar atención médica?
Si. Desde el inicio de esta pandemia en marzo, hemos tomado medidas extraordinarias para garantizar un entorno seguro y saludable para nuestro personal, pacientes y visitantes. Para obtener más información sobre esto, visite nuestra página de protocolos de seguridad.

Si tiene una pregunta que no fue respondida aquí, comuníquese con nosotros y haremos todo lo posible para brindarle las respuestas que busca. Asegúrese de seguirnos en Facebook y visitar nuestro sitio web para obtener información actualizada.

Y nuevamente, es imperativo que ayudemos a detener la propagación del COVID-19 practicando un buen lavado de manos, el distanciamiento social y el uso de una cubierta facial en público.

Letter to Our Community from Marshall G. Baca, Jr., DO, and Artesia General Hospital Staff

October 27, 2020

As New Mexico experiences a substantial, sustained rise in COVID-19 cases, the virus appears to be especially widespread in Eddy County. Like many other establishments, Artesia General Hospital has had several recent COVID-19 cases among our employees.

It is important to note that the spread is not occurring at Artesia General Hospital. Extensive testing and contact tracing have proven that the employees who have tested positive have not contracted the virus at work. Evidence overwhelmingly points to the cases among hospital employees being community acquired.

At Artesia General Hospital, we are committed to providing high-quality, patient-focused health care for our patients. Part of that commitment is making sure the hospital is a safe place for our patients and our employees, including safety from COVID-19. To that end: from the outset of the pandemic, we instituted excellent COVID-safe practices. We have been, and continue to be, diligent in following them.

Artesia General Hospital remains a safe place, and we are committed to those who need care—including patients who test positive for COVID-19. Our employees knowingly put themselves at risk of catching the virus in order to provide quality care to patients. The kindness, bravery and commitment of our team at Artesia General Hospital are second to none.
With the heightened risk of COVID-19 in our community, we ask everyone to please be diligent in wearing a mask in public, social distancing, practicing good hand-washing, staying home whenever possible, and especially staying home if you are not feeling well!

27 de octubre de 2020

Mientras que Nuevo México experimenta un aumento sustancial y sostenido de casos de COVID-19, el virus parece estar especialmente extendido en el condado de Eddy. Como muchos otros establecimientos, Artesia General Hospital ha tenido varios casos recientes de COVID-19 entre nuestros empleados.

Es importante notar que la propagación no se está ocurriendo en el Artesia General Hospital. Las pruebas exhaustivas y el rastreo de contactos han demostrado que los empleados que analizaron positivos no contrajeron el virus en el trabajo. La evidencia apunta abrumadoramente a que los casos entre los empleados del hospital estaban contratados en la comunidad.

En Artesia General Hospital, estamos comprometidos a prestar atención médica de alta calidad y centrada en el paciente para nuestros pacientes. Parte de ese compromiso es asegurarnos de que el hospital sea un lugar seguro para nuestros pacientes y empleados, incluida la seguridad del COVID-19. Con ese fin: desde el comienzo de la pandemia, instituimos excelentes prácticas seguras para COVID. Hemos sido, y seguimos siendo, diligentes en seguirlos.

Artesia General Hospital sigue siendo un lugar seguro y estamos comprometidos con aquellos que necesitan atención, incluidos los pacientes que analizan positivos en la prueba de COVID-19. Nuestros empleados se exponen conscientemente al riesgo de contraer el virus para prestar atención médica de calidad a los pacientes. La amabilidad, valentía y compromiso de nuestro equipo en Artesia General Hospital son insuperables.

Con el mayor riesgo de COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad, les pedimos a todos que sean diligentes al usar mascarilla en público, distanciamiento social, lavarse bien las manos, quedarse en casa cuando sea posible y, especialmente, quedarse en casa si no se siente bien.

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