New Mexico
Environment Department

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New Mexico Wastewater Surveillance System Data Dashboard

Symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) shed the virus in their feces. This creates an opportunity to monitor for the presence of the virus in sewage. As such, New Mexico has launched a surveillance program to monitor the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater. This program will provide valuable information to decision-makers that, along with a range of other data, will help inform public health actions that can help to control the spread of COVID-19.

At this point, samples are being collected at select congregate facilities in the southern part of the state. At some facilities, samples are being collected at multiple locations.

 

This data was last updated on 01/15/2021 at 1:20 PM

Facility and Sampling Location Name  City County Sample Collection Date N1
(copies/L)
N2
(copies/L)
Sample Type
John Paul Taylor Center Las Cruces Doña Ana 12/9/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/15/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/18/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/18/2020 Not Detected Not Detected 24-hr Composite
12/21/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/23/2020 6,990 7,031 Grab
12/28/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/30/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
1/5/2021 104 Not Detected Grab
1/7/2021 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (Main Lift Station) Las Cruces Doña Ana 12/9/2020 67,820 20,966 Grab
12/15/2020 44,953 36,355 Grab
12/16/2020 64,804 92,263 24-hr Composite
12/17/2020 225,891 123,202 Grab
12/21/2020 1,275,370 807,031 Grab
12/23/2020 2,117,250 1,841,580 Grab
12/28/2020 261,045 284,986 Grab
12/29/2020 140,527 92,074 24-hr Composite
12/30/2020 63,389 32,635 Grab
1/5/2021 191,984 104,894 Grab
1/7/2021 165,088 132,592 Grab
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (POU) Las Cruces Doña Ana 1/5/2021 379 817 Grab
1/7/2021 282 533 Grab
Otero County Prison Facility Chaparral Otero  12/10/2020 2,986 1,085 Grab
12/15/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/17/2020 1,711 Not Detected Grab
12/21/2020 Not Detected 1,198 Grab
12/23/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/28/2020 Not Detected 2,267 Grab
12/30/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
1/4/2021 9,728 7,721 Grab
1/5/2021 15,040 26,156 24-hr Composite
1/6/2021 30,246 27,859 Grab
1/11/2021 8,659 6,845 Grab
Otero County Processing Center Chaparral Otero  12/10/2020 759 Not Detected Grab
12/15/2020 2,922 4,462 Grab
12/17/2020 1,028 2,452 Grab
12/21/2020 1,249 1,040 Grab
12/23/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/28/2020 Not Detected 2,192 Grab
12/30/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
1/4/2021 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
1/6/2021 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
1/11/2021 17,332 25,693 Grab
Doña Ana County Detention Center – Adult Las Cruces Doña Ana 12/10/2020 13,881 11,002 Grab
12/16/2020 22,173 23,566 Grab
12/17/2020 627,733 554,708 24-hr Composite
12/18/2020 128,191 125,934 Grab
12/21/2020 Not Detected 1,880 Grab
12/23/2020 76,868 121,002 Grab
12/28/2020 43,223 43,838 Grab
12/30/2020 38,800 24,331 Grab
1/4/2021 555,914 318,489 Grab
1/6/2021 260,071 181,866 Grab
1/11/2021 2,466 1,441 Grab
Doña Ana County Detention Center – Adult – CORE Las Cruces Doña Ana 12/28/2020 2,668 5,067 Grab
12/30/2020 48,474 29,155 Grab
1/4/2021 1,810 6,155 Grab
1/6/2021 62,557 37,425 Grab
1/11/2021 6,439 4,209 Grab
Doña Ana County Detention Center – Adult – East Las Cruces Doña Ana 12/28/2020 3,792 2,987 Grab
12/30/2020 47,097 18,469 Grab
1/4/2021 31,371 20,437 Grab
1/6/2021 68,526 42,025 Grab
1/11/2021 5,161 3,228 Grab
Doña Ana County Detention Center – Adult – Far East Las Cruces Doña Ana 12/28/2020 718 Not Detected Grab
12/30/2020 14,434 5,148 Grab
1/4/2021 14,635 21,507 Grab
1/6/2021 24,829 19,464 Grab
1/7/2021 23,179 18,431 24-hr Composite
1/11/2021 1,745 846 Grab
Doña Ana County Detention Center – Juvenile Las Cruces Doña Ana 12/10/2020 61,890 13,337 Grab
12/16/2020 68,204 54,554 Grab
12/18/2020 5,503 2,660 Grab
12/21/2020 104 1,650 Grab
12/23/2020 19,638 14,469 Grab
12/28/2020 161 1,576 Grab
12/29/2020 31,536 9,739 24-hr Composite
12/30/2020 14,317 6,866 Grab
1/4/2021 157 1,245 Grab
1/6/2021 1,329 606 Grab
1/11/2021 Not Detected 377 Grab
Luna County Detention Center (West – Includes COVID-19 Quarantine Area) Deming Luna  12/10/2020 21,032 5,235 Grab
12/16/2020 514 Not Detected Grab
12/18/2020 904 1,677 Grab
12/21/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/22/2020 1,052 1,009 24-hr Composite
12/23/2020 8,063 3,841 Grab
12/28/2020 1,827 1,606 Grab
12/30/2020 14,768 5,148 Grab
1/5/2021 1,307,451 1,219,457 Grab
1/7/2021 891,359 925,764 Grab
Luna County Detention Center (East) Deming Luna  12/10/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/16/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/18/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/21/2020 426 2,741 Grab
12/23/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/28/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
12/30/2020 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
1/5/2021 3,126,470 3,076,428 Grab
1/7/2021 74,856 75,900 Grab
Assurance Home Roswell Chaves  1/5/2021 4,931 3,057 Grab
1/7/2021 113,932 63,397 Grab
Roswell Correctional Center (Main) Hagerman Chaves  1/5/2021 7,216 5,554 Grab
Roswell Correctional Center (Old Dorm) Hagerman Chaves  1/5/2021 144,186 67,627 Grab
1/7/2021 8,255 4,840 Grab
Roswell Correctional Center (North) Hagerman Chaves  1/5/2021 256,721 98,542 Grab
1/7/2021 35,341 26,655 Grab
Guidance Center of Lea County (West) Hobbs Lea  1/6/2021 Not Detected Not Detected Grab
Lea County Detention Facility Lovington Lea  1/6/2021 2,209 590 Grab
Lea County Correctional Facility-GEO Group (Housing Unit 1) Hobbs Lea  1/6/2021 899,312 482,431 Grab
Lea County Correctional Facility-GEO Group (Housing Unit 2) Hobbs Lea  1/6/2021 221,148 133,484 Grab
Lea County Correctional Facility-GEO Group (Housing Unit 3) Hobbs Lea  1/6/2021 12,953,913 7,771,867 Grab
Lea County Correctional Facility-GEO Group (Housing Unit 4) Hobbs Lea  1/6/2021 57,138 28,400 Grab

 

Notes :

 
  • Trends in viral gene copies measured in wastewater should be considered along with case numbers and other COVID-19-related data to inform decisions on actions to help limit disease spread. Wastewater monitoring data from this program will be used in tandem with personal testing data.
  • Laboratories often report results for multiple genes for a single sample of SAR-CoV-2. This table presents measurements of the N1 and N2 gene markers in wastewater, both of which have been identified by CDC as suitable targets for identifying SARS-CoV-2. Results are reported in units of “copies per liter.” One copy represents one virus particle.
  • Most of the samples collected to date are “grab” samples. That means that a wastewater sample was collected at a single point in time. For some locations, it is possible to collect “composite” samples, which is when samples of the sewage are withdrawn at a regular interval over an extended period of time (usually 24 hours). Composite samples provide a more representative indicator of the actual conditions. NMED will be collecting composite samples at some of the facilities listed above in the days/weeks ahead.
  • While wastewater data helps track the prevalence of the virus, there are important limitations to be aware of. Some of these include:
    • Scientists are still learning about the timing, magnitude, and rate of shedding of the virus in feces of infected people. Consequently, it is most appropriate to monitor and observe the trends of viral gene copies detected over time. Substantial increases in wastewater measurements may indicate that cases are increasing in the facility population. Order of magnitude increases are likely more indicative of changes than smaller increases. Decreases in the number of viral gene copies in wastewater might lag behind decreases in cases in a facility because infected individuals can continue to shed the virus in feces for 20 to 30 days after they are no longer infected.
    • The science behind using the sewage data to predict numbers of infected individuals is still evolving. What is known is that as virus concentrations increase over time, it is likely that the number of infected individuals is increasing. The nature of this correlation, however, will depend on site-specific factors. Care must be taken when attempting to compare results among different facilities.

 

Additional information on wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/wastewater-surveillance.html