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No new cases in county as state total rises to 543


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The COVID-19 global pandemic has reached Lincoln County, after state officials reported the county’s first confirmed infection.

Lincoln County had no documented cases of COVID-19 until Saturday when the New Mexico Department of Health disclosed in a press release that the county had one case. Los Alamos County also had its first known case Saturday.

In total, there were 51 new positive test results in the state for the virus.

The latest figures bring the overall number of infections in the state to 543, with all but 10 New Mexico counties reporting at least one case.

Friday’s number of confirmed tests was revised downward after the total included three duplicates. The error has been corrected and was reflected in Saturday’s total of 543, according to the release.

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No new positive infections were reported for Chaves County Saturday, which according to the Department of Health already has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

New infections consisted of 23 in Bernalillo County, nine in San Juan County, six in Santa Fe County, four in Cibola County, three in Torrance County and two in Sandoval County. Those counties reporting only one new infection each include Lincoln, Los Alamos, McKinley and Rio Arriba counties.

State officials also reported a grim milestone for McKinley County, where a male in his 60s died on Saturday, bringing the number of COVID-19 fatalities in New Mexico to 11 as of Saturday.

Also as of Saturday, 37 individuals were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the Department of Health. The number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. According to the release, the number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 who might have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

Saturday, the Department of Health also reported 54 COVID-19 cases where an individual was designated as having recovered from the condition.

New Mexico has so far conducted 16,828 COVID-19 cases, of which 16,285 have come back negative, according to the Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.

Individuals who report symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, should contact their health provider or the Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

New Mexico has also increased its testing capacity, the state this week expanded the availability of testing to new groups.

Asymptomatic people who are either close contacts or live in the same household as New Mexicans who have tested positive for COVID-19, asymptomatic nursing home residents and asymptomatic individuals in congregate settings such as homeless shelters or detention centers, can now be considered for testing, according to the release.

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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