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Local COVID-19 cases since March now exceed 500

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Cases of COVID-19 in Chaves County now exceed 500, after the New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday recorded an additional 19 local positive test results in its daily report.

With the latest numbers, Chaves County now has documented 504 cases of the virus, of which 126 are listed as recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s website. As of Thursday, 12,600 tests had been administered in Chaves County.

Across New Mexico, 177 new cases were reported Thursday in the Department of Health’s daily report. Statewide cases of the virus since March now total 22,987, with 9,980 of those designated as recovered.

Other counties which on Thursday documented significant increases in COVID-19 were: Bernalillo County with 38, Doña Ana County with 21, Eddy County with 15, Lea and Lincoln counties with 14 cases each, Santa Fe County with 12 and McKinley County with 10.

Eleven other counties recorded less than 10 additional cases Thursday, while one positive test was recorded among inmates held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center.

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According to the daily report, 128 individuals in New Mexico are now hospitalized with COVID-19.

Two women were reported Thursday to have died from COVID-19 complications: a woman in her 30s from McKinley County who was hospitalized, and a woman in her 80s from Rio Arriba County. Both had underlying medical conditions.

New Mexico has had 697 COVID-19 fatalities, including six from Chaves County.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms of infection are urged to contact their health care provider or the state COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

Symptoms of infection, according to the Department of Health, are: fever, shortness of breath, cough, congestion or runny nose, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea 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 breakingnews@rdrnews.com.