Six additional COVID-19 positive test results were announced in Chaves County Monday, bringing local cases of the virus to 127.
Monday’s new local cases were among 253 reported statewide by the New Mexico Department of Health in its daily update. The cases Monday came after state officials announced 203 cases Sunday, of which eight came from Chaves County.
With the new totals, New Mexico has now had 13,507 documented cases of COVID-19 since early March. According to a press release from the Department of Health, an estimated 5,902 cases are designated as having recovered from the virus.
Two more deaths from the pandemic were reported Monday: a male in his 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and a male in his 70s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. No additional deaths were reported Sunday.
New Mexico fatalities from COVID-19 complications have now reached 515, including two Chaves County residents.
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Counties with the most new positive test results Monday were: 85 in Dona Ana County, 60 in Bernalillo County, 18 in San Juan County, 17 in Lea County, and 12 in McKinley County. New cases reported in 17 other counties were all in the single digits.
Two more cases of COVID-19 were also reported among New Mexico Department of Corrections inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility.
As of Monday, 129 individuals were hospitalized in New Mexico with COVID-19.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stressed in a July 1 news conference the urgency of working to flatten the curve of cases within the state, and that the state’s mandate on face coverings in all public places will be aggressively enforced.
In a press release Friday, it was announced the New Mexico State Police will enforce the order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when in public unless eating, drinking, exercising or unless advised not to do so by a medical professional.
According to the release, an individual who violates the face covering order will be charged with a petty misdemeanor that can result in a citation of up to $100 and imprisonment of up to six months.
Individuals who report symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
Symptoms include: shortness of breath, cough, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain and loss of taste or smell.
To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or email@example.com.