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COVID-19 cases rise to 794 in NM


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More than 100 additional cases of COVID-19, including one in Chaves County, were reported by state officials Tuesday as the rate of infection continues to climb.

Health officials also reported one new death related to the virus.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported 109 more positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the number of infections within the state to 794, according to a press release issued by the department.

So far, Chaves County has had 15 confirmed COVID-19 infections.

A man in his 30s from Bernalillo County who died Monday is the state’s latest fatality from the pandemic. Like the 12 other New Mexicans who have died from the disease, the release states the man had underlying medical conditions.

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New infections reported Tuesday, by county, are: 42 in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, one in Cibola County, two in Curry County, five in Dona Ana County, one in Grant County, 11 in McKinley County, 24 in San Juan County, 18 in Sandoval County, two in Santa Fe County, one in Taos County and one in Torrance County.

Earlier case figures for Bernalillo County included one duplicate, the release states. The error was corrected in Tuesday’s numbers.

The Department of Health disclosed Tuesday there have been 171 cases of COVID-19 in which an individual was deemed to have recovered from the virus.

A total of 51 individuals are hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, the Department of Health’s COVID-19 update website stated 22,245 tests for COVID-19 have been administered in New Mexico. Of the tests conducted, 21,451 have come back negative.

The latest figures come a day after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended public health orders in place to curb the rate of infection. Among the orders are restrictions on the operation of businesses and nonprofits not deemed essential by the state and limits on public gatherings to fewer than five people.

The extended and amended order limits the number of people in a retail space to 20 percent or less of the maximum occupancy of the space, as determined by the local fire marshal or fire department.

The amended order also states hotels, motels and other lodging facilities must operate at no more than 25 percent of maximum occupancy.

New Mexico State Police warned in a press release Tuesday they will enforce the orders and impose penalties on companies and individuals that do not comply.

In the event businesses are operating in violation of the order, State Police will first issue a written warning, along with a cease and desist order. A second violation will receive a citation under the Public Health Act.

A third violation and any violation thereafter, the release states, will be sent to the Department of Health, where the business will face a civil penalty of up to $5,000.

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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