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3 new COVID-19 cases reported locally

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State officials Sunday announced another 17 positive tests for COVID-19 and New Mexico’s second death from the virus.

The latest figures bring the overall number of confirmed cases in the state to 208, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

New cases include three in Chaves County, bringing the total in the county to seven.

Another 11 cases were reported in Bernalillo County. According to the press release, Dona Ana, Eddy and San Juan counties each had one new case.

A man in his 80s in Bernalillo County who died Friday was reported to be the state’s second COVID-19 fatality. The press release states the man had been hospitalized and was afflicted with various underlying health conditions.

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Health officials disclosed Tuesday a man in his 70s from Eddy County died March 23 from the disease at Artesia General Hospital. He was the state’s first COVID-19 death.

The state reported three positive test results for COVID-19 in Chaves County Tuesday. A fourth case was reported Friday.

As of Saturday, there were 19 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico. Also as of Saturday, 26 COVID-19 cases were designated as having recovered by the Department of Health.

On Tuesday, the Department of Health issued a public health emergency order, closing all businesses and nonprofits not deemed essential by the state and restricting gatherings of five or more people. The order will remain in effect until at least April 10.

New Mexicans have been encouraged to avoid unnecessary outings and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

People who exhibit symptoms of 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.