Daily local caseloads of COVID-19 continued to surge Friday, as the New Mexico Department of Health reported 18 additional positive test results of the virus among Chaves County residents.
In all, 317 new cases were recorded statewide in the department’s daily report. Positive test results for the virus now total 252 in Chaves County and 18,475 statewide.
Chaves County has had 66 positive test results in the last week, though one previously reported case of the virus in Chaves County has been identified as being out-of-state.
As of Friday, 7,156 statewide, including 65 cases locally, were designated by the Department of Health as having recovered from COVID-19.
New Mexico has had 505,177 tests conducted across New Mexico and 8,691 in Chaves County.
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Counties with the largest daily spike in positive tests reported Friday were Bernalillo County with 96, Doña Ana County with 42, McKinley County with 24, Chaves County with 18, Lincoln County with 17 and Lea County with 15.
San Juan and Santa Fe counties each documented 12 additional positive test results, along with 11 in Otero and Sandoval counties. Curry and Valencia counties each reported 10 new cases. All other new cases reported Friday were in the single digits.
The Western New Mexico Correctional Facility, the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility, and Otero County Prison Facility each announced one new positive test result among New Mexico Department of Corrections inmates.
New Mexico fatalities from complications associated with COVID-19 increased by five Friday. They include two females from Bernalillo County with underlying conditions, one in her 80s who was hospitalized and was a resident of The Rio at Las Estancias facility in Albuquerque, and the other in her 70s and a resident of the Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites facility in Albuquerque.
The remaining three reported fatalities — all of whom were hospitalized — were a male in his 60s from Curry County, a male in his 60s from Doña Ana County with underlying conditions and a male in his 30s from San Juan County with underlying conditions.
Deaths in the state from the virus have now reached 601, four of which were residents of Chaves County.
Hospitalizations in New Mexico of individuals with COVID-19 are at 161, according to the report.
Individuals who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 infection should immediately contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
Symptoms of infection include fever, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills and or loss of taste or smell, according to the report.
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