Chaves County recorded its largest single-day total of COVID-19 cases Tuesday.
In its daily report, the New Mexico Department of Health announced 21 additional COVID-19 positive test results among Chaves County residents, bringing total cases documented in the county to 289. Of those cases, 72 have been designated by the Department of Health as having recovered.
Four individuals from the county have died from COVID-19. As of Tuesday, 9,480 tests have been conducted locally.
The figures come as New Mexico experiences a statewide surge in positive test results, with 301 reported across the state Tuesday. In all, New Mexico has documented 19,791 cases of the virus, of which 7,657 have been classified as having recovered. As of Tuesday, 160 individuals were hospitalized with COVID-19.
Chaves County was the New Mexico county with the fourth largest number of new cases of the virus announced Tuesday.
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Counties with the most new positive test results were Bernalillo County with 80, Lea County with 25, Dona Ana County with 22, Chaves County with 21, San Juan County with 20, Luna County with 18, and McKinley County with 16. Curry and Sandoval counties each reported 15, while Santa Fe and Valencia counties each documented 14 new cases.
All other counties with positive test results Tuesday reported numbers in the single digits.
One case was also discovered among New Mexico Department of Corrections inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County.
The state also reported seven more deaths from COVID-19 complications, all individuals with underlying medical conditions.
Two females from Dona Ana County — one in her 70s who was a resident at the Good Samaritan Society Facility in Las Cruces, and the other in her 60s and hospitalized — were among the newly recorded fatalities.
Five other individuals — all hospitalized — also died. They were a male in his 90s from Bernalillo County, a female in her 60s from Eddy County, a male in his 70s from Grant County, a female in her 80s from McKinley County and a male in his 70s from Valencia County.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the statewide death toll from the virus is 626.
People who experience symptoms of COVID-19 infection are encouraged to contact either their healthcare provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
Symptoms of the virus can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, chills, shaking with chills, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.