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New COVID-19 death in Chaves County


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A man in his 60s from Chaves County with underlying medical conditions was among nine deaths from COVID-19 announced Friday, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Chaves County resident is the second local death from the pandemic. In April, a woman in her 80s also died from complications related to COVID-19.

One new positive test result for the virus in Chaves County was also announced. The new case Friday brings Chaves County’s total confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 27.

Eight other deaths from across the state were also reported Friday by the Department of Health. They include a male in his 80s from Bernalillo County who was a resident of Advanced Health Care in Albuquerque; two females from McKinley County, one in her 40s and another in her 60s; three males from McKinley County, one in his 50s and two in their 60s; and two males from San Juan County — one in his 70s and one in his 90s.

As of Friday, New Mexico had 181 fatalities from the pandemic and 4,673 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the release.

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There were 181 new infections announced Friday. Grouped by county, they were: 19 in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, three in Cibola County, one in Curry County, eight in Doña Ana County, one in Eddy County, 58 in McKinley County, six in Otero County, one in Rio Arriba County, 13 in Sandoval County, 68 in San Juan County, one in San Miguel County and one in Valencia County.

Figures previously reported included one case from Bernalillo County misidentified as not being lab-confirmed. The error has been corrected and is reflected in Friday’s numbers.

In all, 201 individuals were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. The Department of Health has designated 1,189 cases as having recovered from the virus, according to the release.

The Department of Health reports 93,262 tests for COVID-19 have been performed in New Mexico, including 1,714 in Chaves County, according to the Department of Health’s website.

Dental care services

The state on Friday announced dentists in 30 of New Mexico’s 33 counties will again be able to perform nonessential dental care on the condition they agree to follow guidelines put forth by the New Mexico Advisory Team and New Mexico Dental Association, as detailed in Phase I of the reopening guidelines posted on the Department of Health website.

Dentists in San Juan, McKinley and Cibola counties are exempt because those counties have become hot spots for the virus.

According to a press release from the Department of Health, the guidelines were created to preserve the supply of personal protective equipment in New Mexico in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidelines include a personal protective equipment burn rate calculator providers can use to find out how quickly they use up masks, face shields, gowns and gloves.

Dental providers must download, fill out and submit a form agreeing to comply with the guidelines, according to the release.

Individuals can download the form at the Department of Health website by clicking on the clinical info tab.

People who report exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, like fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache and/or loss of taste or smell should immediately contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

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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