More than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in a state prison contributed to a jump of 227 cases Tuesday across New Mexico.
The total number of cases since March is now 8,024. As of Tuesday, 182 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, a decrease of nine from the previous day. Another 72 people were designated Tuesday as recovered, with that total now at 2,960.
According to Tuesday’s update from the New Mexico Department of Health, 116 new cases of COVID-19 were identified among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison.
Only one new case was announced for Chaves County. Northwest New Mexico continues to have the largest county increases, with 42 in San Juan County, 30 in McKinley County and 15 in Bernalillo County.
There were four new cases in Santa Fe County, three each in Doña Ana, Sandoval and Valencia counties, two each in Cibola, Curry and Lincoln counties, and one each in Luna, Rio Arriba, Socorro and Taos counties.
Five deaths related to COVID-19 were announced Tuesday, bringing the state total to 367. They were a woman in her 90s from Bernalillo County who was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque, a man in his 80s from Cibola County who was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants, two men from McKinley County — one in his 30s and one in his 50s — and a woman in her 50s from San Juan County. Each had underlying health conditions. Three had been hospitalized.
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