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Sixteen new COVID-19 cases in Chaves County

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Relaxed health order to take effect today

Additional cases of COVID-19 were reported throughout New Mexico Friday, with more than a dozen in Chaves County.

Sixteen newly confirmed COVID-19 positive test results were recorded locally among 126 statewide, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily report on the progression of the virus.

As of Friday, 15,903 COVID-19 tests were administered among county residents, with 676 of those coming back positive for the virus. Among the individuals who have tested positive are 246 who have recovered from it.

In New Mexico, there are 25,042 documented cases of the virus, including 12,679 who have recovered and 72 hospitalized.

Friday’s report documented new positives in 16 counties. Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties had the most new cases with 22 each, followed by Chaves County with 16, Lea County with 14, San Juan County with 11 and Eddy County with 10.

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According to the report, 10 other counties have newly confirmed cases in the single digits.

New Mexico has 767 fatalities from the virus, with the state having announced three new deaths, all of whom had underlying medical conditions.

At the Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque, a 90-year-old male resident became the latest Bernalillo County resident to die from the virus.

The Department of Health also reported the deaths of a male in his 80s from Quay County and a woman in her 30s from Otero County who was hospitalized.

Since the spring, Chaves County has had six people die from COVID-19.

The deaths and new cases come after New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an amended health order that eases some restrictions.

Among the changes, the order which is set to go into effect today and last until Sept. 18, will lift the state’s ban on indoor dining to allow restaurants and similar establishments to provide inside dining at 25% of their maximum occupancy as determined by a building’s fire code.

The loosened standards will allow indoor dining service and will apply to food and drink establishments, including restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, breweries, distillers, wineries and other similar establishments. No bar or counter seating will be allowed and patrons will not be allowed to consume food or drinks while standing, according to the public health order signed on Friday.

According to the new order, tables must remain 6 feet apart with a maximum of six individuals seated at each table.

Food and drink establishments can also continue to have pickup and delivery services and patio dining is limited to 75% capacity.

Lujan Grisham has increased the limit on the size of public gatherings from five to 10 people.

Houses of worship who had been capped at 25% of a maximum occupancy within an enclosed building are now permitted to operate at 40% occupancy. Services will still be able to be conducted outside and through audiovisual means.

Museums with static displays — which under the previous order were barred from opening — can operate at 25% of capacity. However, museums with interactive or immersive displays must remain closed.

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

According to the Department of Health, symptoms of COVID-19 infection are fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose or congestion, headache, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting and/or 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.

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