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Chaves County records first COVID-19 death


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New Mexico officials announced Tuesday that a woman in her 80s is Chaves County’s first fatality from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The woman, who was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions, was one of seven new deaths reported in New Mexico Tuesday, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health. Latest figures bring the death toll in the state from the pandemic to 65.

Five of the six other fatalities were reported at congregated living facilities in Bernalillo County. They included two men in their 90s and two women, one in her 70s and one in her 80s, who were residents at the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque, and a man in his 80s who was a resident at the Central Desert Behavioral Health Facility in Albuquerque.

A man in his 60s from McKinley County, who was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions, also reportedly died from the disease, according to the press release.

State officials also announced Tuesday 103 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in New Mexico to 2,072.

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No new positive tests were reported in Chaves County, which has had a total of 21 infections.

Grouped by county the newly confirmed cases are: 20 in Bernalillo County, two in Cibola County, three in Dona Ana County, one in Lincoln County, 45 in McKinley County, five in Sandoval County, 21 in San Juan County, two in Santa Fe County, three in Socorro County and one in Valencia County, according to the release.

Previously reported numbers had included one infection in Bernalillo County that was not lab confirmed and one duplicate in McKinley County, according to the release. Both errors have been corrected and the number of positive cases amended.

As of Tuesday, 119 individuals were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. According to the release, 529 infections were designated as having recovered from COVID-19.

So far, 40,877 COVID-19 tests have been performed, including 951 in Chaves County, according to the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Public Dashboard on the Department’s website.

Individuals who report exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as a cough, fever and shortness of breath, are instructed to contact their health care provider or the Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453, the release states.

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