More cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chaves County Wednesday, including at least one at a local care facility.
In its daily report, the New Mexico Department of Health recorded 12 additional positive test results for the virus among local residents, which were among the 229 new cases statewide.
State officials on Wednesday also listed the Mission Arch Center in Roswell among the list of long-term and acute care facilities where at least one case of COVID-19 had been recorded among staff and/or residents in the past 28 days. One other local facility, the Sunset Villa Care Center, is also on the list.
A total of 395 Chaves County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 10,867 tests conducted, according to the Department of Health’s website. Out of 395 positive cases, 94 are designated as recovered. The county has recorded six COVID-19 deaths since March.
Total COVID-19 positive test results in New Mexico are now at 21,566. As of Wednesday, 8,828 of those were classified as recovered. In New Mexico, 138 individuals are currently hospitalized with the virus.
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Counties with the most new positive test results were: Bernalillo County with 45, Doña Ana County with 44, Lea County with 27, McKinley County with 16, Curry County with 13, Chaves County with 12 and San Juan County with 10.
New cases recorded in 15 other counties were all in the single digits.
Nine new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were recorded Wednesday, bringing the state’s death toll from the virus to 667.
Bernalillo County documented the most new deaths. They included two men who were hospitalized and had underlying conditions — one in his 50s and another in his 70s.
Two other men in their 70s from Bernalillo County with underlying medical conditions were reported to have died — one, a resident at the Princeton Place facility and the other, a resident at the Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites who was hospitalized.
In Doña Ana County, three residents who were hospitalized died: two were women — one in her 60s and one in her 70s — and the third a man in his 80s.
The Clayton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center had two male residents from Union County die from COVID-19 complications: one in his 80s with underlying conditions and another in his 90s.
Individuals exhibiting symptoms of infection should contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Symptoms of possible infection include: coughing, shortness of breath, fever, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, repeated 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 email@example.com.