The number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the state and in Chaves County, with two federal detention facilities reporting significantly higher numbers.
Chaves County had one new case reported Saturday, according to an announcement from the New Mexico Department of Health. An additional 175 cases and six deaths were reported statewide.
Chaves County now has had 36 individuals who have been diagnosed with the disease caused by coronavirus. The number who have recovered in Chaves County is not known. It has reported two deaths, one in April and May, which included one person who passed away in a hospital outside New Mexico.
Statewide, the total number of cases is 6,795 and the total number of deaths is 308. Of those diagnosed, 2,357 have been reported as recovered and 208 are now in a hospital.
A significant increase in cases among federal detainees in the Otero County Prison Facility and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Otero County Processing Center contributed to statewide increases Saturday. In the ICE processing center, 26 new cases were counted, while 11 were reported at the prison.
Of the remaining 138 new cases reported, 102 occurred in the northwest counties of Bernalillo (16), McKinley (44) and San Juan (42). Another 22 new cases were found in Doña Ana County in the southwest portion of the state.
Cases have been found in six federal and state detention facilities in Otero, Torrance and Valencia counties. Cases among staff or residents in 29 different congregate living and nursing facilities also have been reported during the past 28 days. Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell is among those, as was first reported by the Health Department on Friday.
New Mexico continues to operate under “stay-at-home” public health orders, which also include rules about remaining at least 6 feet from others, avoiding large gatherings of people, and wearing face coverings whenever people leave their homes unless they are eating, drinking or exercising.