Two additional positive test results for COVID-19 were reported in Chaves County Thursday, bringing new local confirmed cases of the virus to four in as many days.
State officials also reported new local confirmed cases Monday and Wednesday. New cases this week have pushed the county’s total number of cases from the pandemic to 34.
Chaves County has had two deaths from the pandemic: a woman in her 80s in late April and a man in his 60s in early May.
For the first time the New Mexico Department of Health in a press release Wednesday listed Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell as one of 37 congregate living and acute care facilities in the state where at least one COVID-19 case has been identified in staff or residents.
Statewide, the virus continues to spread with 163 new cases and 11 more fatalities reported Thursday, according to a press release from the Department of Health.
New Mexico has had 294 deaths from the pandemic and 6,472 cases.
Broken down by county Thursday’s new cases included: 22 in Bernalillo County, two in Chaves County, one in Cibola County, 40 in Dona Ana County, three in Lea County, 39 in McKinley County, three in Rio Arriba County, eight in Sandoval County, 19 in San Juan County, one in Santa Fe County and one in Valencia County.
The Department of Health also reported 24 new cases at New Mexico prison and processing centers, four of which were among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center.
According to the press release, at the Otero County Prison Facility 19 new cases have been discovered among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates and one new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the facility.
Bernalillo, McKinley and San Juan counties all had deaths reported from the virus Thursday.
In Bernalillo County, a woman in her 70s, a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque; and a woman in her 80s, a resident of the Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque were among the latest deaths. The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque also reported that two residents — a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s — died from COVID-19 complications.
McKinley County had four additional deaths Thursday: a man in his 40s and a woman in her 60s, both of whom were hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions; a male resident in his 70s of the Red Rocks Center in Gallup and a female resident in her 90s of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility, also in Gallup.
The remaining three deaths were in San Juan County: a woman in her 70s who was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions, as well as a man and woman — both in their 80s — who were residents of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
State officials reported 2,041 cases of COVID-19 have been designated as having recovered from the virus. In New Mexico, 205 individuals were hospitalized with the virus as of Thursday.
Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Symptoms commonly associated with the virus include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and or smell, chills, repeated shaking from chills, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
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