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Fourth local COVID-19 death, 8 new cases in county


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Another resident of Chaves County has died because of COVID-19, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

In addition, the state announced Saturday afternoon that eight additional COVID-positive tests occurred among county residents.

Statewide, there were 280 new cases and four deaths reported, including the person from Chaves County. Positive tests in New Mexico are 16,736, out of 460,664 tests administered. Deaths have reached 569, and 160 people are now hospitalized.

The total number of cases in Chaves County is now 197, with 59 cases reported as recovered. The total number of COVID-linked deaths of local residents since March is four. So far, 7,924 tests have been administered to people living in the county.

The most represented age group of Chaves County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 is 20-29-year-olds. They represent 39 of the cases, or 19.8% of the total. Women have been 57.3% of those testing positive.

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The Chaves County resident reported deceased on Saturday is a man in his 70s who was said to have been hospitalized and to have underlying conditions. The other deaths reported Saturday involved a man in his 70s from Bernalillo County, a woman in her 80s from Otero County and a woman in her 90s from Doña Ana County. All were described as having underlying conditions and having been hospitalized at the time of their passing. The residents of Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties also had been living in care facilities.

The bulk of the new cases statewide continue to be in the most populated counties, Bernalillo (99) and Doña Ana (46). In the northwest, San Juan had 20 additional positive tests, McKinley had 19, Santa Fe had 11 and Sandoval had 10.

In the eastern region of the state, Curry County added another 11 cases, for a total of 301, and Lea County added 10, for a total of 343.

The state is also reporting that 470 detainees of federal facilities and 485 detainees of state facilities have tested positive. In addition, 33 nursing, care or congregate living facilities in the state have had a staff member or resident who has tested positive during the past 28 days. No Chaves County facility is on the list at this time.

State public health orders intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in effect until July 30. State officials are advising the public to avoid crowds and non-essential travel and to stay home except for essential activities. Residents are ordered to wear face coverings when in public except when eating, drinking or swimming, and to practice social distancing. Certain business restrictions also remain in effect.

Public health orders are posted on the New Mexico Department of Health website, www.cv.nmhealth.org.


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