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NM DOH reports 8 deaths, 220 more COVID-19 cases


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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to rise in New Mexico Saturday, as the city of Gallup entered its first full day of a state-ordered lockdown.

The New Mexico Department of Health in a press release reported another 220 confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths. The latest figures bring the number of fatalities in New Mexico from the global pandemic to 139 and overall infections since March to 3,732.

No new positive test results or deaths from the virus were reported in Chaves County Saturday, which so far has had 23 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death.

According to the release, state officials reported eight new deaths in four counties from the pandemic, including two from Bernalillo County: a male in his 90s who was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque and a female in her 90s, a resident of La Vida Llena in Albuquerque.

The six other deaths announced Saturday were a male in his 60s from Doña Ana County who was a patient at Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque; a male in his 70s and female in her 80s from Sandoval County; a male and female, both in their 80s from San Juan County, who were residents of the Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington; and a male in his 90s from San Juan County who was also a resident at Cedar Ridge Inn.

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Newly confirmed infections Saturday by county included: 53 in Bernalillo County, one in Curry County, six in Doña Ana County, one in Eddy County, one in Grant County, two in Lea County, one in Luna County, 53 in McKinley County, one in Otero County, four in Rio Arriba County, 14 in Sandoval County, 73 in San Juan County, seven in Santa Fe County, one in Torrance County and two in Valencia County.

Previously reported figures included a case from McKinley County that was a duplicate. The error has been corrected and is reflected in Saturday’s totals, according to the press release.

As of Saturday, there were 168 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. The Department of Health has also designated a total of 812 cases as having recovered from the pandemic.

A total of 74,944 tests for COVID-19 have been performed in New Mexico as of Saturday, including 1,392 in Chaves County, according to the Department of Health’s website.

The northwestern portion of the state continues to be a hot spot for the disease. In McKinley County, the city of Gallup remains on a state-ordered lockdown, sealing off the city due to the prevalence of the disease. As of Saturday, McKinley County had 1,116 positive tests for COVID-19.

As of noon Friday, all roads going into the city of Gallup had been closed and people ordered to shelter in place in their homes and avoid outings except for those essential to health, safety and welfare.

All businesses within Gallup city limits are forced to remain closed between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. and a maximum of two people can be in a vehicle at a given time, according to a press release announcing the lockdown Friday. The lockdown is set to expire at noon Monday.

At the request of Gallup’s mayor, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the lockdown using the authority granted to her under the state’s Riot Control Act to impose the lockdown to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Police within the city of Gallup, the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico State Police and the New Mexico Department of Transportation are working in tandem to enforce the lockdown and street closures, according to the release Friday announcing the lockdown.

Members of the New Mexico National Guard are also providing non-law enforcement assistance in Gallup, according to Friday’s 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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