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COVID-19 cases rise to 237 statewide; 1 new local case reported

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New Mexico health officials announced the overall number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has climbed to 237 within the state, with 29 new positive test results disclosed Sunday.

Chaves County had one new confirmed case since Saturday, bringing the total since the first local cases were announced March 23 to 8, according to a press release issued Sunday by the New Mexico Department of Health.

Bernalillo County reported nine new cases, bringing the overall number of COVID-19 cases in the state’s most populous county to 101.

McKinley, San Juan and Santa Fe counties each had four new positive test results for the virus, according to the release.

Curry and Sandoval had two and three new cases, respectively. Eddy and Valencia counties each had one new case.

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No details about the latest individuals who tested positive for the contagion were divulged by the Department of Health.

As of Sunday, the Department of Health has reported 26 cases of COVID-19 have been designated as having recovered from the disease.

The most recent figures conclude a week when New Mexico had its first two deaths from COVID-19. The Department of Health Tuesday confirmed that a man in his 70s in Eddy County was the state’s first fatality from the virus. He died Monday at Artesia General Hospital. A second fatality, a man in his 80s in Bernalillo County, died Friday.

According to the Department of Health, both men had chronic underlying health conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as of Saturday there had been 122,653 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 2,112 deaths.

State officials this week in New Mexico to took dramatic action to stem the tide of COVID-19.

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.

Thursday Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Public Education Department announced all public schools in New Mexico would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.

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.

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