Five additional COVID-19 positive test results were reported Tuesday in Chaves County, bringing the total number of local cases of the virus to 94.
The new cases were among 168 announced statewide in the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily report. New Mexico has had 12,147 cases of the virus since March, though as of Tuesday, 5,393 have been designated by the Department of Health as having recovered.
Counties with the most new positive test results Tuesday were Bernalillo County with 36, McKinley County with 28, Doña Ana County with 21, Lea County with 19 and San Juan County with 17.
Five cases were also reported among New Mexico Department of Corrections inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility.
State officials announced Tuesday that four more people died from COVID-19 complications.
McKinley County had two COVID-19 fatalities: a female in her 50s, and a male in his 70s who was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup. Both individuals were hospitalized with underlying conditions.
The other two deaths were males in their 70s: one from San Juan County, a resident of the Beehive Homes Facility in Farmington, and the other from Luna County, who was hospitalized with underlying conditions.
New Mexico’s death toll from the pandemic is now 497, including two Chaves County residents.
In all, 127 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 are now hospitalized in New Mexico.
People who exhibit symptoms of the virus are urged to immediately contact either their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills and loss of taste or smell.
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Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or email@example.com.