Find the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the New Mexico Department of Health website.

If you think you have COVID-19, call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) at 1.855.600.3453. If NMDOH refers you to the hospital for testing, please call 575.736.8324 or text 575.222.8967. Someone will walk you through the process and next steps.

Please continue to visit the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) website, cv.nmhealth.org, for the most up-to-date information and guidelines to avoid the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Test Results in Eddy County

as of September 21, 2020, 4:00pm MT

Positive 699
Active Cases 399
Hospitalized Cases 2
Total Tests* 14,678**
COVID-Related Deaths in Eddy County 6
Recovered 294

*Numbers are cumulative persons tested through September 21, 2020. 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 September 21, 2020, 4:00pm MT

Positive 80^
Total Tests 2,895
Pending 25
COVID-Related Deaths 3
Recovered 85

^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.

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

July 22, 2020

Over the past few weeks, reported new cases of COVID-19 in Eddy County and statewide have sharply increased. Progress toward reopening has been rolled back, and there’s reason to be concerned that the effort to slow the spread will bring increasingly restrictive measures.

We’ve seen the burden of coronavirus mitigation orders. Many of us know people who have been out of work for an extended period due to the virus. We’re all aware, too, of locally owned businesses that have been struggling to continue. Fallout from tighter restrictions could mean some businesses never recover.

Economic concerns are valid. At the same time, the pandemic and efforts to control it need to be taken seriously. As of this writing, there have been a total of 187 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Eddy County, and of those, 124 are currently active. Four are hospitalized. The track record so far is that most Eddy County residents who’ve gotten COVID-19 have recovered at home, but a small percentage have become seriously ill. For those who become seriously ill, the disease can be devastating. Over the weekend we had our second Eddy County COVID-19 death.

There’s every reason to be vigilant in trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The virus is very contagious, treatments for those who catch it are far from perfect, and for some, the consequences are dire.

People are weary of the disruptions caused by COVID-19 precautions and just want life to get back to normal. Still, current guidance is simple. What are the main things being asked of us? Wear a face mask in public, wash hands thoroughly, practice social distancing and limit outings.

For your own safety, for the safety of your family members, for the sake of our community and New Mexico as a whole, please do.

Stay safe, stay healthy Artesia!

Marshall Baca, Jr., DO, COVID-19 Incident Commander & Emergency Medicine Director, and Artesia General Hospital Staff

22 de julio de 2020

En las últimas semanas, los nuevos casos reportados de COVID-19 en el condado de Eddy y en todo el estado han aumentado considerablemente. El progreso hacia la reapertura ha retrocedido, y hay razones para preocuparse de que el esfuerzo por frenar la propagación traerá medidas cada vez más restrictivas.

Hemos visto la carga de las órdenes de mitigación de coronavirus. Muchos de nosotros conocemos personas que han estado sin trabajo durante un período prolongado debido al virus. También todos somos conscientes de las empresas de propiedad local que han tenido dificultades para continuar. Las consecuencias de restricciones más estrictas podrían significar que algunas empresas nunca se recuperen.

Las preocupaciones económicas son válidas. Al mismo tiempo, la pandemia y los esfuerzos para controlarla deben tomarse en serio. Al escribir estas líneas, ha habido un total de 187 personas diagnosticadas con COVID-19 en el condado de Eddy, y de ellas, 124 están actualmente activas. Cuatro son hospitalizados. El historial hasta ahora es que la mayoría de los residentes del condado de Eddy que recibieron COVID-19 se han recuperado en sus hogares, pero un pequeño porcentaje se ha enfermado gravemente. Para aquellos que se enferman gravemente, la enfermedad puede ser devastadora. Durante el fin de semana tuvimos nuestra segunda muerte del Condado de Eddy COVID-19.

Hay muchas razones para estar alerta al tratar de prevenir la propagación de COVID-19. El virus es muy contagioso, los tratamientos para quienes lo contraen están lejos de ser perfectos y, para algunos, las consecuencias son nefastas.

Las personas están cansadas de las interrupciones causadas por las precauciones de COVID-19 y solo quieren que la vida vuelva a la normalidad. Aún así, la orientación actual es simple. ¿Cuáles son las principales cosas que nos piden? Use una máscara facial en público, lávese bien las manos, practique el distanciamiento social y limite las salidas.

Por su propia seguridad, por la seguridad de los miembros de su familia, por el bien de nuestra comunidad y de Nuevo México en general, por favor hágalo.

¡Mantente seguro, mantente saludable Artesia!

Marshall Baca, Jr., DO, COVID-19 Incident Commander & Director de Medicina de Emergencia, y Personal del Artesia General Hospital

Watch: Understanding COVID-19 and How to Stay Safe