Total local cases of COVID-19 surpassed 200 Monday, after the New Mexico Department of Health reported 15 additional positive test results for the virus in Chaves County.
Chaves County has had 212 documented cases of COVID-19 since the first case was documented in New Mexico March 11. Of the 212 cases, the Department of Health reports that 60 have been classified as having recovered from the virus. The state has conducted 8,125 tests for the virus in Chaves County.
The latest positive test results come after Saturday’s announcement that a 70-year-old local man became the county’s fourth fatality from the virus. The man was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
One Chaves County case previously reported has been identified as a duplicate.
Statewide an additional 255 COVID-19 positive test results were announced Monday by the Department. New Mexico has had 17,215 cases of the disease. The Department of Health has designated 6,814 people as having recovered from COVID-19.
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Counties with the most new cases were Bernalillo County with 88, Dona Ana County with 24, Curry County with 18, Santa Fe County with 16, Chaves County with 15, Sandoval County with 14, McKinley County with 13 and Luna County with 10, according to the Department of Health.
New Mexico’s death toll from the virus reached 578 Monday, with seven new fatalities reported, all among individuals who were hospitalized.
Bernalillo County experienced two fatalities: a woman in her 70s, a resident of The Rio at Las Estancias facility in Albuquerque; and a woman in her 80s.
Three deaths were reported in McKinley County: two men, one in his 50s and a second in his 70s, and a female also in her 70s.
The remaining two deaths were both men with underlying health conditions — one in his 50s from Cibola County and one in his 70s from Dona Ana County.
As of Monday, 154 individuals in New Mexico were hospitalized with COVID-19.
Sunday the Department reported 241 cases, of which one was from Chaves County. Two males in their 50s who were hospitalized and had underlying health conditions — one from Eddy County and one from McKinley County — were also announced to have died from the virus.
People who report symptoms of infection should contact either their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat 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.