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Local COVID-19 cases rise by 24

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The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday recorded an additional 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chaves County.

Of the 16,846 tests administered to county residents to date, 754 have returned positive, with 279 having recovered, according to the Department of Health’s website.

One local case has recently been identified as a duplicate and the figures have been amended to reflect that change, the Department of Health’s daily report on the virus states.

Throughout New Mexico, 154 newly confirmed cases were reported Wednesday, bringing total positive test results since March to 25,612. Of that number, 13,180 have recovered and 71 individuals in New Mexico are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Counties with the biggest daily influxes in new cases Wednesday were Doña Ana County with 33, Bernalillo and Chaves counties each with 24, Lea County with 19, Eddy County 13 and McKinley County 10.

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Another 14 New Mexico counties reported numbers of new positive tests of less than 10.

Three New Mexicans with underlying conditions were listed in the Department of Health’s daily report as having died from the virus. They were a man in his 60s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized, a woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was a resident of the Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque and a woman in her 100s from San Juan County who was a resident of Beehive Homes of Farmington.

A total of 790 people so far in New Mexico have died from the virus, including six from Chaves County.

Individuals who exhibit symptoms of the virus should immediately 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 include loss of taste and/or smell, shortness of breath, fever, cough, headache, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills and muscle pain.

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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