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22 new COVID-19 cases reported in Chaves County Saturday


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The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Chaves County and New Mexico jumped some Saturday, with 22 positive tests for the county and 213 for the state.

The New Mexico Department of Health also reported four additional COVID-19 related deaths statewide. They included two women, one in her 80s from Dona Ana County and another in her 70s from Lea County, as well as two men, one in his 40s from Guadalupe County and the other in his 80s from Hidalgo County. They were all hospitalized and described as having underlying conditions.

Chaves County now has had 614 positive COVID-19 cases, with 168 considered recovered. Local COVID-19 related deaths remain at six. There have been 14,628 tests administered to county residents since March.

For the state, the total cases number 24,302, with 11,458 described as recovered and 68 now in the hospital. Deaths caused by COVID-19 have reached 743. There have been 704,955 tests administered, and 3,030 total hospitalizations since March.

The “hot spot” for COVID-19 spread on Saturday remained the highly populated county of Bernalillo, which had 86 new cases. But Chaves County ranked second with its 22 cases. Only 19 of the state’s 33 counties had new cases. The other four in double digits were Dona Ana County with 14, Curry and Lea counties with 13 each, and San Juan County with 10.

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The state continues to report high numbers of COVID-19 cases among federal and state detainees. At four federal facilities, 807 people have COVID-19. The number of people in seven state facilities with COVID-19 is now 509.

There are also 50 nursing and long-term care facilities in the state that have had a COVID-19 cases among staff or residents during the past 28 days. That includes Casa Maria Health Care Center, Heartfelt Manor and Mission Arch Center in Roswell.

New Mexico residents remain under public health orders effective until Aug. 30 that are intended to slow or prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The orders require the use of face coverings when outside the home and around others, except when eating, drinking or swimming; social distancing of at least six feet when around others; and limits on gatherings to five or fewer people. People are also advised to avoid crowds, unnecessary travel and being outside the home unless for essential activities.

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