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44 new cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico

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Two more deaths and 44 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in New Mexico Monday, as the number of people within the state known to have contracted the virus continues to increase.

State officials reported two women in Bernalillo County — one in her 90s and another in her 70s —are the latest fatalities from the disease, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Both women reportedly had chronic underlying health issues, the release states.

The two women bring the number of COVID-19 fatalities in New Mexico to four. As of late Monday, a total of 281 cases have been documented.

Two new cases were reported in Chaves County, bringing the overall number reported in the county to 10.

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Other new positive test results announced Monday included 16 in Bernalillo County. Sandoval and San Juan counties each reported five new cases. McKinley, Santa Fe, Torrance and Valencia counties each reported three new cases.

Dona Ana, Rio Arriba, Socorro and Taos counties each reported one new confirmed case, the release states.

As of Monday, 24 individuals from New Mexico were hospitalized with COVID-19. Another 26 have been deemed by the Department of Health as having recovered from the virus.

Public officials for weeks have been actively encouraging people to adhere to social distancing guidelines in an attempt to curb transmission of the virus. That includes limiting in-person contact with people and limiting unnecessary travel.

To enforce those guidelines, last week 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.

On Friday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also signed an executive order mandating people who travel to New Mexico by air self-isolate for 14 days or the duration of their time in the state, whichever is shorter, according to the order.

Travelers who do not self-isolate will be subjected to involuntary isolation or quarantine by the Department of Health.

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.

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