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COVID-19 cases in NM reach 191

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The number of positive test results for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Mexico rose Friday, with the state’s total number of cases nearing 200.

State health officials reported an additional 55 positive test results for the virus, bringing the number of known COVID-19 cases in New Mexico to 191, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The latest numbers included 27 new confirmed cases in Bernallio County. So far the county has had 82 known cases since March 11 when the state announced its first known cases of COVID-19.

No new cases were reported in Chaves County, but neighboring Eddy and Lea counties each confirmed one new case, according to the release.

Santa Fe has 7 more cases of COVID-19, while both Sandoval and Taos counties each have an additional 5 cases. The release states another three confirmed cases in San Juan County and two in McKinley County.

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Cibola, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt and Valencia counties each had one new confirmed case of COVID-19, the release states.

Since Monday, 123 new positive test results for COVID-19 have been reported throughout the state, including the first confirmed cases in Chaves County. As of Friday, the Department of health reported four known cases in Chaves County.

On Tuesday, New Mexico reported its first COVID-19 fatality. A man in his 70s died at Artesia General Hospital Monday. He went to the hospital Sunday where he reported feeling weak.

The spike in cases came during a week when the Department of Health issued a public health emergency order, closing all businesses and non-profits not deemed essential by the state and restricting gatherings of five or more people.

The order went into effect Tuesday. It will remain in effect at least until April 10.

New Mexicans have been repeatedly encouraged by political leaders and public health experts to adhere to social distancing guidelines and avoid any unnecessary outings.

States across the United States and countries around the globe have been grappling with how to halt the rise of COVID-19.

As of Friday the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported 101,657 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, the only country to surpass the 100,000 mark. So far, there have been 591,802 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the globe and 26,996 deaths.

People who exhibit a possible COVID-19 infection such as a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath should contact the Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.