An additional five COVID-19 positive test results were reported in Chaves County, as New Mexico and several states experience a surge in new cases of the virus.
The local cases were among 225 announced statewide by the New Mexico Department of Health Friday, along with four more deaths from complications associated with COVID-19.
With the new numbers, New Mexico cases of the virus since March now stand at 11,408, including 79 in Chaves County. Two Chaves County residents have been among the 489 New Mexico deaths from the pandemic.
The counties reporting the highest number of new cases Friday were McKinley County, with 74; Bernalillo County, with 50; and Dona Ana County, with 36. Nine new cases were reported in San Juan County, seven in Curry County and six in Sandoval County.
Seven new cases were also documented Friday among New Mexico Department of Corrections inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility.
In all, 5,149 cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico as of Friday were designated by the Department of Health as having recovered from the virus.
The latest deaths were all from McKinley County. They consisted of a female in her 20s who had underlying conditions; a male in his 60s; and two females — one in her 50s and the other in 70s — who were hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
Friday the Department announced 128 individuals were hospitalized in New Mexico with COVID-19.
Individuals who exhibit symptoms of possible infection are urged to contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include shortness of breath, fever, cough, headache, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills, loss of taste or smell and sore throat, the release states.
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