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Chaves County records 7th COVID-19 fatality

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A local man on Friday became the seventh known Chaves County resident to die from COVID-19.

The man — who was in his 70s, had underlying conditions and was hospitalized at the time of his death — was listed among the three latest New Mexico deaths from the virus, according to the state Department of Health’s daily report on the spread of the virus.

A woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County and a woman from Roosevelt County in her 50s also were listed Friday as having died from the virus. The fatalities recorded Friday bring the number of New Mexico deaths from the virus to 794.

State officials also reported 13 more COVID-19 positive test results locally. To date, Chaves County has had 787 known cases of the virus, of which 295 have recovered. A total of 17,513 tests have been administered among county residents.

The Department of Health on Friday announced a total of 96 positive tests for the virus in 16 New Mexico counties. A total of 25,902 cases of the virus have been recorded in New Mexico, of which 13,412 are designated as having recovered. Currently, 69 individuals with the virus are hospitalized in New Mexico.

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Counties with the most new positive results were: Bernalillo County with 16, Chaves and Doña Ana counties with 13 each, and Santa Fe County with 10. Twelve other counties reported new cases in the single digits.

People with symptoms of the virus are encouraged to immediately contact their personal health care provider or call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, symptoms of infection are fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills, 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.

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