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Chaves County adds 3 cases to its COVID-19 tally

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Chaves County has recorded three new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 56.

Statewide, there are 102 new cases, according to a daily update from the New Mexico Department of Health. But because of correction to previous data, that increases the state total only by 95 from the total reported Friday, or to 9,621 diagnosed cases.

The Saturday afternoon update also indicated that the state had five more deaths to report in Bernalillo, McKinley and San Juan counties, bringing the total since March to 431. All of the deceased were said to have underlying health conditions and to be hospitalized or in care facilities. In Chaves County, the number of coronavirus-related deaths remains at two, which were reported in March.

With the latest information, the state now reports that it has processed 258,994 tests since March. Of the 9,621 diagnosed with COVID-19, 4,072 have recovered. During the past three and a half months, 1,625 New Mexico residents have been hospitalized, with 172 currently in those medical facilities statewide.

As in previous weeks, a large number of the new cases are concentrated in the state’s largest counties. McKinley County had 28 additional cases reported on Saturday, while Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County each had 12 cases. Ten new cases also were reported among individuals held by federal groups at the Otero County Processing Center, one of five federal facilities and four New Mexico Department of Corrections sites where detainees have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, New Mexico is among 21 states reporting a decrease in the three-day average of new cases during the past three weeks.

New Mexico residents remain under “stay-at-home” orders. They are also ordered to wear face coverings while in public and to practice social distancing of allowing at least 6 feet between themselves and others. The Health Department also has encouraged them to wash their hands, use sanitizers and adopt other safety precautions.

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