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Sixth local COVID-19 death reported Sunday

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A man in his 40s and with underlying medical conditions on Sunday became the latest Chaves County resident to die from complications associated with COVID-19.

The death, listed in the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily report, is the sixth local resident known to have died from the virus and the county’s second fatality in less than a week. On Tuesday, the Department of Health announced that a woman in her 60s from Chaves County had died from the virus.

Sunday’s report also listed two fatalities from outside Chaves County: a woman in her 70s from McKinley County and a man in his 40s from Rio Arriba County. Both were hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

The latest deaths bring New Mexico’s death toll from the virus to 654.

Fifteen new positive test results in Chaves County were among 226 documented across the state on Sunday. New Mexico has now had 21,016 cases of COVID-19, of which 362 have been in Chaves County.

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Of the local cases, 88 were classified by the Department of Health as having recovered from COVID-19, and 10,330 tests for the virus have been administered locally, according to the Department of Health website.

In the state overall, 8,343 cases are designated as having recovered, while 127 individuals are currently hospitalized in New Mexico with the virus, the report states.

Counties with the largest number of new positive tests Sunday were: Bernalillo County with 61, Dona Ana County with 35, Curry County with 22, Santa Fe County with 19, Lea County with 16, Chaves County with 15, Sandoval County with 13, and Valencia County with 12.

Thirteen other New Mexico counties reported new cases in the single digits.

Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

According to the Department of Health, symptoms of infection include: shortness of breath, fever, cough, congestion or runny nose, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell.