State officials Friday reported a new case of COVID-19 in Chaves County, as a week that saw a surge in local positive test results draws to a close.
Friday’s new case is one of five announced by the New Mexico Department of Health since Monday, including two new cases reported Thursday.
With Friday’s announcement, Chaves County has now had a total 35 cases of the pandemic since first reports of the virus in New Mexico surfaced in March. The county has also had two fatalities from the pandemic, one a female in her 80s whose death was announced in late April and the other a man in his 60s who died in early May.
In another development, the state announced Wednesday the Casa Maria Health Center in Roswell is the first congregate living or acute care facility in Chaves County and among more than two dozen across the state with at least one COVID-19 case identified in the past 28 days among staff and/or residents.
The Department of Health Friday reported 160 additional positive test results statewide. With eight new deaths reported, New Mexico’s total deaths from the pandemic now number 302.
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Cases announced Friday consisted of 42 in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, nine in Cibola County, one in Curry County, 11 in Doña Ana County, 44 in McKinley County, two in Otero County, five in Roosevelt County, one in Sandoval County, 41 in San Juan County, two in Santa Fe County and one in Valencia County.
Friday’s newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths included three females in their 90s from Bernalillo County, of which two were residents of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque and the third a patient at Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque. Also, a male in his 60s from McKinley County who was hospitalized was among the deaths.
Four males from San Juan County — two in their 70s and two in their 90s — were also reported to have died from the virus. One of the males in his 90s was a resident at Life Care Center of Farmington.
According to the release, all eight had underlying medical conditions.
The Department of Health as of Friday has designated 2,149 cases as having recovered from the pandemic. New Mexico also has 210 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19.
People who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to immediately contact their health care provider or the state COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking from chills, headache, sore throat and/or lack of taste or smell.
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Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or firstname.lastname@example.org