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State adds 300 COVID-19 cases; 4 new in county


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The number of new COVID-19 cases in the state spiked again Thursday, with 300 additional positive tests reported. The total case count in New Mexico now stands at 16,138.

The New Mexico Department of Health also announced Thursday afternoon that five more deaths have occurred among residents of northwest counties, to bring the number of COVID-19-related fatalities to 562.

In Chaves County, four new cases have been added, for a total of 188 since March. Deaths in this area remain at three. Fifty-eight of the county’s total have been reported as recovered. So far 7,595 tests have been administered in the county.

Statewide, there have been 443,368 tests performed and 2,312 hospitalizations have occurred. There are now 170 people in hospitals, while 6,578 have been reported as recovered.

The five people whose deaths were announced Thursday were all women with underlying conditions who were hospitalized. Three of the five had been residents of a care facility. They ranged in age from their 40s to their 90s. Two were from McKinley County, while the other three were residents of Bernalillo, Cibola and San Juan counties.

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Bernalillo County accounted for a large number of the new daily case count with 103. Other double-digit increases occurred in the highly populated southern county of Doña Ana (39); the southeastern counties of Eddy (13) and Lea (23); and the northwestern counties of McKinley (20), Sandoval (15) and San Juan (16).

The state is still reporting more than 937 detainees in federal and state detention facilities diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition, 31 acute care or long-term care facilities in the state have reported a COVID-19 case among staff or residents during the past 28 days. While those include facilities in Hobbs and Clovis, at the current time none are in Chaves County.

State public health orders designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus remain in effect until July 30. The orders include requirements that New Mexicans wear face coverings when outside their homes and near others, maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing, avoid crowds and minimize leaving their homes unless for essential activities.


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