Chaves County did not have any new cases of COVID-19 or deaths related to the disease reported on Saturday by the New Mexico Department of Health.
Chaves County numbers remain at 30 cases and two deaths since March.
But neighbor Roosevelt County saw a significant increase in cases, 12, bringing its total to 26. No explanation was given for the jump in numbers. Roosevelt has not had a death attributed to COVID-19.
The Department of Health indicated that 190 new cases were reported statewide Saturday, with six additional deaths. In total, New Mexico now has recorded 5,847 cases after 128,574 tests, with 1,739 people recovered and 259 deaths. Hospitalizations have totaled 856, with 208 people currently counted as patients.
Three northwest counties — McKinley, Bernalillo and San Juan — continued the trend of reporting the vast majority of new cases (133) and COVID-19 mortality. But Doña Ana County in the southwest portion of the state is now among the five counties to have more than 200 cases. Sandoval County is the fourth of the northwestern counties to have large numbers of total cases.
The Saturday announcement indicated that McKinley County had 77 new cases and four of the deaths. The deceased were in their 60s to 80s, were hospitalized or in care facilities, and had underlying medical conditions.
San Juan County had 42 new cases and one of the six reported deaths. That was a woman in her 50s who was hospitalized and had other health concerns.
The other death involved a Sandoval County woman in her 80s who was a resident of a care facility and had been diagnosed with other medical conditions.
Doña Ana County had 16 new cases, while Bernalillo County had 14.
The statewide total of COVID-19 cases included 80 people in federal detention centers in Otero County, Cibola County and Torrance County. In addition, the state has been notified of cases at 34 different congregate living or care facilities. Most of those are in northwest counties, although two are in Portales and Clovis.
Complete information on county cases and deaths are available on a New Mexico Department of Health website: www.cv.nmhealth.org.
New Mexico residents remain under “stay-at-home” public health orders. They are instructed to leave their homes only if necessary for “health, safety or welfare.” A new public health order that took effect Saturday also orders them to wear face masks or face coverings whenever they leave their homes, unless they are eating, drinking or exercising.