Seven new COVID-19 cases have been reported for Chaves County, and Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell has been added to the list of care facilities in the state with someone testing positive in recent days, according to a Wednesday announcement from the New Mexico Department of Health.
In a letter dated July 20, Sunset Villa Executive Director Ian Peterson said the center had learned of its first positive COVID-19 test among its residents and staff. The person who tested positive was a contracted staff member, Peterson wrote, and will not return to the premises until after a quarantine period and after being verified as negative for COVID-19.
Sunset Villa is a skilled nursing home on South Sunset Avenue. Peterson’s letter also noted that relatives of residents would be notified if family members exhibited COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive.
“While we are disappointed in that COVID-19 is in our facility, we are following the recommendations of our federal, state and local health officials and working hard to prevent further spread of this virus,” Peterson wrote.
The Roswell facility is one of 40 long-term or acute-care facilities in New Mexico that has had a COVID-19 case reported during the past 28 days.
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The county’s number of total positive tests is now 229. That means the state has adjusted some numbers from previous days, as the county total given on Tuesday was 223. A person previously thought to have been a Chaves County resident was determined to be a Roosevelt County resident.
Of the total cases, 62 are classified as recovered. Since March, there have been 8,351 tests performed in the county. The state does not provide daily reports on hospitalizations at the county level.
Statewide, an additional 316 cases and three deaths were reported.
That brings the total of positive tests in New Mexico to 17,828. That is also an adjusted number from Tuesday, due to duplicates, a newly confirmed case and previous undercounts of tests on people erroneously thought to have been out-of-state residents, according to the state announcement.
New Mexico has had 591 COVID-19 related deaths since data began to be collected in March.
The three newly reported fatalities on Wednesday were a woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County, a man in his 30s from McKinley County and a woman from McKinley County in her 50s. All were reported to have underlying conditions. The Bernalillo County woman had been a resident of a care facility, while the McKinley County man had been hospitalized.
According to the Wednesday release, Bernalillo County had 89 new positive tests, while Doña Ana County had 53. Other counties reporting double-digit increases were McKinley County (35), Lea County (20), Sandoval County (15), Santa Fe County (19) and Valencia County (14).
For the entire state, there have been 489,334 tests performed. Of the 17,828 positive tests, 6,974 cases have been counted as recovered.
There are now 178 people in the hospital. Since the pandemic began, 2,470 COVID-19 related hospitalizations have occurred.
The state remains under public health orders intended to slow or prevent the spread of coronavirus. Those orders include certain business restrictions, as well as the requirement that people wear face coverings when in public except while eating, drinking or swimming. People also are advised to avoid crowds and non-essential travel and to stay home except for essential activities.