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Local COVID-19 cases rise by 14

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Another 14 Chaves County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily report Thursday.

Local cases to date now total 581 and include 156 designated by the Department of Health as recovered. The New Mexico Department of Health website states 14,161 COVID-19 tests have been administered to Chaves County residents.

Throughout the state, 208 additional cases were recorded Thursday, bringing the state total to 23,951, of which 11,145 have been designated as recovered. New Mexico hospitalizations of individuals with COVID-19 numbered 74 Thursday.

Counties with the most new positive tests Thursday were: Bernalillo County with 59, Lea County with 27, Dona Ana County with 23, and Chaves and Santa Fe counties with 14 each. Sixteen other counties across New Mexico recorded new cases in the single digits.

Five additional fatalities associated with COVID- 19 complications were announced, bringing New Mexico’s death toll from the pandemic to 734, of which six were from Chaves County.

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The new deaths included two women in Bernalillo County — one in her 50s and the other in her 70s — who were hospitalized and had underlying conditions; and a man in his 80s from Bernalillo County with underlying conditions.

A man in his 70s from Dona Ana County and a woman in her 50s from McKinley County were also listed among the new deaths. Both individuals, according to the report, were hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

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

Symptoms of infection, according to the Department of Health, include: fever, shortness of breath, cough, congestion or runny nose, headache, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, nausea and vomiting.

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.

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