Saturday’s report includes 15 new cases in Chaves County, 210 in state
COVID-19 cases rose by 15 for Chaves County and by 210 for New Mexico on Saturday, according to a New Mexico Department of Health announcement.
That brings the state’s total of positive cases to 20,796. Chaves County now has 348 positive COVID cases. A duplicate case for the county was removed to arrive at the 348 number.
Statewide, there also were nine additional deaths reported of people from their 50s to 90s, which brings the total of deaths to 651.
The fatalities include three people from Bernalillo County: a man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s. All had underlying conditions and had either been hospitalized or a resident of a care facility. Two people were from Doña Ana County, a man in his 50s who had been hospitalized and a man in his 80s with underlying conditions who was a resident of a senior living facility. A man in his 70s from Eddy County, a man in 60s from Lea County, a woman in her 70s from McKinley County and a man in his 70s from San Juan County also were listed among the fatalities. All of them, except the man from Lea County, were hospitalized and were said to have underlying conditions.
With the latest updates, the state has now performed 565,886 tests, with 3.7% testing positive. The number of people who have recovered is at 8,286. The number now hospitalized is 134. The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since March is 2,703.
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Chaves County has conducted 10,096 tests, with 3.4% testing positive and 87 people designated as recovered. There have been five COVID-related deaths in the county since March.
Chaves County and Santa Fe County tied for third in the new daily case count with 15. Bernalillo County had 68, while Lea County had 21. Sandoval County had 14, and Doña Ana and McKinley counties each had 11. Cibola County Correctional Center, which detains people for federal agencies, had 13. All other counties had single-digit increases.
In addition to Cibola County Correctional Center, there are three federal facilities and seven state correctional facilities with COVID cases. There are also 44 long-term or acute-care facilities in various cities across New Mexico that have had a positive case among staff or residents during the past 28 days. That includes Sunset Villa Care Center of Roswell, which reported July 20 that a contract staff member had tested positive and would not be returning to the center until after completing quarantine and testing negative.
Public health orders intended to reduce or eliminate the spread of coronavirus have been extended until Aug. 28. Among other requirements, the orders limit gatherings to five people, require face coverings when in public in most circumstances, mandate social distancing of at least 6 feet between people, and places restrictions on many businesses. People are also advised to stay home as much as possible and to avoid unnecessary travel.