Metropolitan Detention Center

MDC on Lockdown While Additional Inmates Tested for COVID-19


Bernalillo County – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) has recommended that the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) go into lockdown status while DOH tests close to 80 inmates for COVID-19.

One inmate tested positive for COVID-19 March 29 and is currently quarantined alone in a cell inside a negative pressure room.

Four other inmates are quarantined because of close contact to the inmate positive for COVID-19 or they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

Another 73 inmates are isolated in two separate housing units and also being tested.

Seventeen Metropolitan Detention Center staff members are being tested for COVID-19.

All testing is being performed based on New Mexico Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for persons showing symptoms of the virus or those considered to be as risk for COVID-19.

If an inmate tests positive for the coronavirus, he/she will be quarantined in an individual cell.

Lockdown means the inmates are let out of their cells one at a time to shower and make phone calls.

Frequently asked questions are available in English and Spanish at for individuals interested in more information about the jail’s management of the coronavirus COVID-19 impact on MDC staff and inmates.

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