A Chaves County resident was one of six additional New Mexico deaths from complications associated with COVID-19 recorded Wednesday.
The resident — a woman in her 60s — is the fifth local fatality from the virus, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily report. She is among 632 deaths across the state from the virus since it was first detected in New Mexico in March.
Fourteen new COVID-19 positive test results in Chaves County were among 352 listed Wednesday. Total cases of the virus statewide now number 20,136.
Chaves County has so far recorded 300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 73 are designated by the Department of Health as having recovered. Statewide, the number of recovered cases is 7,817.
According to the report, three previously reported cases of COVID-19 in Chaves County were out-of-state residents.
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Outside Chaves County, Wednesday’s deaths included three from Bernalillo County: a woman in her 60s who was a resident of the Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque; a woman in her 80s who had underlying conditions and was a resident of The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque; and a man in his 90s with underlying conditions who was a resident of Avamere Rehabilitation at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque.
Two other deaths were also listed in the report, both hospitalized and with underlying conditions. They were a man in his 50s from McKinley County who was a resident of the Bonney Family Home in Gallup and a man in his 60s from Rio Arriba County.
Counties with the most new COVID-19 positive test results Wednesday were: Bernalillo County with 87, Doña Ana County with 38, San Juan County with 18, Sandoval County with 17, Curry County with 16 and Chaves County with 14. Cibola and Santa Fe counties each recorded 11 new cases.
The rest of the counties with new positive test results reported numbers in the single digits.
Cases of the virus were also reported at three detention centers across the state, including 76 individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center. The Otero County Prison Facility also counted one new positive test among individuals held by federal agencies.
Two new positive tests were documented among New Mexico Department of Corrections inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility.
Current hospitalizations of individuals with COVID-19 in New Mexico now total 158.
People exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 infection are encouraged to immediately contact either their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
Symptoms of infection, according to the Department of Health, are: cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills and loss of taste or smell.
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Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or firstname.lastname@example.org.