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One new COVID-19 case reported in Chaves County


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Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday reported 204 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, including one in Chaves County.

The new case announced in Chaves County brings the local number of positive test results for the virus to 26. A woman in her 80s whose death was announced in April is so far the county’s only death from the pandemic.

State officials Thursday reported three new COVID-19 fatalities in the state, bringing New Mexico’s death toll from the pandemic to 172. So far, 4,493 infections have been reported in the state.

The new deaths include a man in his 70s from Bernalillo County with underlying medical conditions, who was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque, and two more fatalities: a man in his 50s in McKinley County who had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions, and a man in his 80s who was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup, the release states.

One previous death in Bernalillo County reported by the Department of Health was later found to have been a Torrance County resident.

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Newly announced cases include 32 in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, three in Curry County, 17 in Doña Ana County, 65 in McKinley County, two in Rio Arriba County, seven in Sandoval County and 77 in San Juan County, according to the press release.

As of Thursday, 197 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19 and a total of 1,125 individuals were designated by the Department of Health as having recovered from the virus, the release states.

In New Mexico, 89,032 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted, including 1,606 in Chaves County, according to the Department of Health website.


Gallup orders extended

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended a modified emergency declaration for a lockdown of Gallup on Thursday at the request of the city’s mayor. The declaration had been set to expire Thursday at noon.

“I have no doubt that the actions we have taken together have helped turn the tide in our community and we will, in coming days and weeks, continue efforts in Gallup until we see positive results and until this virus is defeated,” Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi said in a letter to Lujan Grisham requesting extension of the emergency order.

The modified order, which will remain in place until Sunday at noon, includes a new provision requiring city residents to wear a cloth face covering when inside any essential business, essential nonprofit or government building.

Under the new order, businesses must still remain closed between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m., roads into the city will remain closed to non-residents until 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 and city residents must stay home except for emergency outings until the order expires at noon Sunday, May 10, the release states.

Lujan Grisham on Friday, May 1 used her authority under the state’s Riot Control Act to institute a lockdown of Gallup, a city in McKinley County, at the request of Bonaguidi in order to aggressively enforce social distancing measures and halt the spread of COVID-19 within the city.

The original order was set to expire Sunday, May 3 and was later extended to Thursday.

McKinley County, as of Thursday afternoon, led the state in confirmed COVID-19 cases with a total of 1,402.

Gallup police, the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department, the New Mexico State Police and the New Mexico Department of Transportation are continuing to work in tandem to enforce road closures. According to the release, members of the New Mexico National Guard have also provided assistance in a non-law enforcement capacity.

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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