Local daily cases of COVID-19 have fallen to single digits for the first time in three days.
In its daily report Friday, the New Mexico Department of Health logged eight new positive tests for the virus among Chaves County residents.
Friday’s report represented the smallest increase in daily Chaves County cases since Monday, when five were documented. Since then newly confirmed positive tests have fluctuated, rising to 17 Tuesday before decreasing to 12 Wednesday and then increasing to 16 Thursday.
Overall, 419 COVID-19 cases have been documented in Chaves County, 99 of which have been designated as recovered. In all, 11,372 tests have been conducted locally.
Throughout the state on Friday, 197 new cases of COVID-19 were announced, bringing total infections in New Mexico to 21,965, with 9,166 considered recovered. Hospitalizations within the state, of individuals who have contracted COVID-19, now number 132.
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Counties with the largest increases of new cases Friday were: Dona Ana County with 50, Bernalillo County with 32, Curry County with 17, Cibola County with 14, Lea County with 12 and San Juan County with 11. Twelve counties reported between one and nine new cases.
Ten infections were detected Friday among individuals held by federal agencies at correctional facilities in New Mexico: nine at the Cibola County Correctional Center and one at the Otero County Prison Facility.
The Department of Health also announced six additional deaths from COVID-19 complications.
Three fatalities in Dona Ana County were individuals who were hospitalized and had underlying conditions: a woman in her 50s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s who was a resident of Welbrook Senior Living in Las Cruces.
According to the report, the latest deaths also included a man in his 80s from Bernalillo County with underlying conditions who was a resident of Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque, a man in his 60s from Lincoln County who was hospitalized and a woman in her 80s from Rio Arriba County who had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
In New Mexico, there have been 675 deaths directly related to the pandemic, including six in Chaves County. The most recent local death tied to the virus was announced Sunday after a man from the county in his 40s with underlying conditions died.
People exhibiting symptoms of infection should immediately contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
Symptoms, according to the Department of Health, include: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or congestion, nausea or vomiting, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, chills, and loss of taste or smell.