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No new COVID-19 cases in county

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No new COVID-19 cases or deaths in Chaves County were reported for Saturday.

The county has 27 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 after 1,733 tests have been performed, according to a New Mexico Department of Health announcement.

Previously the state reported two deaths of Chaves County residents, a woman in her 80s in April and a man in his 60s in May. Both had other medical issues as well.

Statewide, 105 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths were announced by the Department of Health on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 4,778 and the total number of deaths to 191.

Of the new cases reported Saturday, 94 were in the northwest counties of McKinley County (48), San Juan County (26) and Bernalillo County (20). All deaths also occurred among residents of those three counties. They involved one man in his 40s and the others in their 70s, 80s or 90s. All were either hospitalized or residents of group living facilities.

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The state also is reporting for the first time that 19 of the state’s total COVID-19 cases are among people residing in the Otero County Processing Center run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Previously, the cases had been accounted for in Otero County and Dona Ana County numbers. The state intends to report them separately in the future.

Of the state’s total COVID-19 cases, 1,268 have been designated as recovered. The state is conducting contact-tracing of positive cases and testing symptomatic individuals who have had contact with positive cases.

Current public health orders continue to limit mass gatherings and require social distancing of at least six feet between individuals. People are instructed to stay home unless outings are necessary for their health, safety or welfare.

 

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