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Chaves County now at 435 COVID cases

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The daily increase in COVID cases statewide dipped to 155 on Saturday, according to the New Mexico Department of Health, but Chaves County returned to a double-digit increase with 16 new positive tests.

Six additional deaths were reported statewide, as well.

Chaves County now has had 435 cases, the 10th highest in the state. Of those cases, 104 are considered recovered. Six of its residents have died due to COVID, according to the state. There have been 11,498 tests administered since March.

Statewide, there are now 22,115 cases, with 9,262 recovered; 127 current hospitalizations; 2,838 total hospitalizations since March; 681 deaths; and 620,128 tests administered.

Of the six people whose deaths were reported Saturday, two were from Bernalillo County and two were from McKinley County. The other two were residents of Cibola and Rio Arriba counties. Their ages ranged from the 60s to the 80s. They were all hospitalized and said to have underlying conditions.

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Besides Chaves County, the counties with the highest number of new COVID cases on Saturday were Bernalillo County, with 34; Doña Ana, with 21; and Lea and Santa Fe counties, with 11 each.

Federal agencies are reporting 795 inmates with COVID held in four facilities, while the New Mexico Corrections Department has 507 inmates in seven facilities who have tested positive. There are also 52 nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the state that have had a COVID case among staff or residents during the past 28 days. That includes Mission Arch Center and Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell.

The state is under public health orders effective until Aug. 28 that are intended to slow or prevent the spread of coronavirus. Those orders include limits on gatherings to five or fewer people, social distancing requirements of 6 feet or more between people, and the use of face coverings when in public except when eating, drinking or exercising.

People are also advised to stay at home as much as possible and to avoid unnecessary travel. Many businesses also remain under restrictions, which vary depending on their functions. Public health orders can be found on the Department of Health website, cv.nmhealth.org.